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Delta

Ambulance district breathes a sigh of relief

A year ago, electors narrowly rejected a mill levy increase for Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). The 2016 general election, which included a long slate of candidates for local, state and national offices, drew nearly 12,000 voters.

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Breast cancer survivor brings hope to patients
Breast cancer survivor brings hope to patients

Breast cancer survivor Naomi Sutliff is bringing hope to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

In December 2014, Sutliff was diagnosed with triple negative BRCA positive breast cancer.

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Commissioners meet with treasurer

At their Nov. 6 meeting Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, chairman, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes authorized county treasurer Lisa Tafoya to take parcels on which county taxes are in serious arrears through the treasurer's deed process during 2018.

The process will begin in March and take from six to nine months to complete, a little longer when mineral rights are involved with a property.

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Community soup kitchen envisioned

Randy and Cynthia Hays are on a mission -- a mission to reach into the community to meet the needs of those who are impoverished, homeless or struggling with food insecurity.

The two, with daughter Summer Lomax, are moving forward with plans to open a soup kitchen -- not to compete with the senior meal program or the Abraham Connection homeless shelter, but to complement what both organizations are doing to meet the community's basic needs.

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Cost of services outpaces sales tax growth in Delta

The City of Delta is finalizing a budget for 2018 that maintains current services without any rate increases for water, trash, sewer or electrical service. But to keep the budget balanced, the city will have to dip into reserves.

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Humor provides release for debilitating disease
Humor provides release for debilitating disease

From a young age, we're taught not to laugh or point fingers at people who look or act differently from us. So when Stanley Arnett cracks a joke about the tremors in his arms and hands, not everyone sees the humor. But Arnett says the comedy routine is what keeps him sane.

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Law enforcement agencies recognized

Earlier this fall, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Uniform Crime Reporting program announced that seven Colorado law enforcement agencies across the entire state had no reporting errors for the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Three of those agencies are in Delta County -- Delta Police Department, Delta County Sheriff's Office and Hotchkiss Marshal's Office.

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Law enforcement blotter November 15, 2017

Dale J. Scarrow, 39, of Delta was arrested and jailed on charges of obstructing a peace officer/drove vehicle while revoked/owner operated an uninsured vehicle/fictitious plates/failed to display valid registration.

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Students share thoughts of gratitude, hope for future
Students share thoughts of gratitude, hope for future

Several students from Cedaredge High School and Middle School submitted their writing to two Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay competitions: 'The Voice of Democracy' for grades 9-12 and 'Patriot's Pen' for grades 6-8. Older students wrote using the theme "American History: Our Hope for the Future" and the theme for younger students was "America's Gift to My Generation."

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US Bank employees honored for delivering meals
US Bank employees honored for delivering meals

Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Meals (SCM) honored US Bank Delta branch for their past three years of volunteer service delivering hot meals to homebound older adults in Delta who are enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program.

Joe Walker, SCM program director, presented Sharon Lovato, US Bank branch manager, with a plaque and personalized cake made by their talented lead cook, Victor Quezada, at the bank's office on Highway 92 in Delta.

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Weavers share fibers and friendships for 40 years
Weavers share fibers and friendships for 40 years

It's been 40 years since western Colorado weavers and spinners started the San Juan Weavers Guild and its annual Show & Sale. Their 40th anniversary sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Holiday Inn Express, 1391 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose (next to Safeway).

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Opinion

'Business as usual' is not sustainable

I recently submitted my official affidavit to run for city council in Delta. I will seek the at-large seat in the April 2018 elections.

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A forgotten good neighbor policy

A couple of years ago, the Cedaredge town manager, golf pro and golf course maintenance manager asked to speak with representatives of the two homeowner associations that surround the Cedaredge Golf Course.

The subject was the creation of a "good neighbor policy."

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A word of thanks from the amb. district

We would like to thank the citizens of the Delta County Ambulance District for your vote of confidence Nov. 7. We are thrilled that you have placed your confidence in us.

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An 'old fogey' expresses his viewpoint

Let me say I do not condone any improper sexual conduct. I am not a prude by any means ... but are not the women of today's society, and I mean the last 50 years, inviting/enticing this conduct?

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Craft fair proceeds go to local nonprofits

Thank you Mckenzie Moore and the Delta County Independent for showcasing the All Saints Lutheran Church annual craft fair. A couple of interesting facts were not included in the article.

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Fact checking

It's clear from his recent letter regarding the Bull Mountain oil and gas development plan that Mike Roberts desperately needs a fact checker and some remedial lessons on science and government.

For starters, the proposed fracking project he supports is actually located in Gunnison County, not Delta County.

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Kudos to U.S. postal employees

The next time you see you local mail person give them a thank you for all they go through to deliver your mail -- from the daily lifting of 70-pound tubs full of mail, dodging dogs, driving postal vehicles in every weather condition imaginable, and praying not to get rear ended each time they pull up next to your mail box on all the busy highways out there.

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Vote assures high-quality emergency response

As the wife of a Delta County Ambulance District employee, I would like to thank everyone who recently voted in favor of approving a mill levy for the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). Thank you to all the citizens who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the informative meetings presented by Kirby Clock, the DCAD manager.

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Well done, election officials

I was privileged to attend the Nov. 7 election vote count as a watcher at the Delta County elections office. Having been a voter for 44 years, I really didn't have a clue as to how the counting process was carried out.

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What's Happening

AmeriCorps opportunity offered

Mountain Roots Food Project will be holding 1 1/2-hour focus groups with organizations and agencies interested in learning more and potentially becoming an AmeriCorps member site. This opportunity is open to food pantries, agriculture-related services, and other nonprofit organizations focused on fostering healthy communities.

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Basketball skills, drills for grades K-2

Little hoopsters, lace up your high-tops and dribble down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of K-2 basketball. Youngsters will meet at the rec center gym Saturday mornings starting Jan. 6.

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Budget hearing scheduled

The public hearing for the 2018 Delta County budget is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 236 at the Delta County Courthouse. The proposed budget is available on the Delta County website at www.deltacounty.com.

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Christmas concert features Beth Williams
Christmas concert features Beth Williams

Singer songwriter Beth Williams will perform a concert of Christmas music at the Cedaredge Chapel of the Cross in Pioneer Town on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m. Join Williams as she shares some of the most loved Christmas carols, including "Silent Night" with her original yodel.

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Community invited to HopeWest's holiday event

HopeWest invites friends, family and neighbors to its annual "Light Up a Life" event to celebrate the spirit of community this holiday season Wednesday, Dec. 13. This evening allows you to gather in recognition of the meaning of the season while reflecting on the cherished memories of loved ones we all hold close to our hearts.

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Feed the Furries

Macht-Liles Real Estate Group and the Delta County Board of Realtors are sponsoring a "Feed the Furries" animal food drive to benefit the Surface Creek Animal Shelter. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 at Macht-Liles office, 645 S. Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Learn to be a better babysitter

The City of Delta Parks and Recreation Department will offer an American Red Cross babysitter training course Dec. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be repeated April 13 and 14.

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Community

Births Nov. 15, 2017

Vanessa Arias and Osbaldo Alejandre of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Avery Xitlali, born Nov. 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 13.6 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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School Zone

Around DHS

If one were to walk down the halls of a small town's high school, they would find themselves heaving through to successfully travel the difficult path of hormone-crazed teenagers. They would pass four jocks standing tall, the seemingly dominant male.

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Awesome summer adventures await
Awesome summer adventures await

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer youth leadership programs. DMEA will sponsor one student to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. and three students to attend the Colorado Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs.

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DHS grad recognized by Society of Women Engineers
DHS grad recognized by Society of Women Engineers

Paige Bowling, a 2013 graduate of Delta High School, has been named an outstanding collegiate member for leading the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) collegiate section at the Colorado School of Mines, and for expanding SWE's mission by helping others find mentors and STEM-related opportunities.

Bowling, a chemical and biochemical engineering major with a double major in biochemistry, joined her SWE collegiate section in her first year at Mines and has led critically important roles ever since.

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English language teacher receives award at state conference
English language teacher receives award at state conference

On Nov. 4, Mindy Becker of Lincoln Elementary in Delta was recognized as the winner of the Virginia French Allen Award at the annual Colorado Teachers of English as a Second Language conference in Aurora.

Virginia French Allen is a well-known English language teacher who excelled in reaching students who are learning English as their second language; this award is named in her honor.

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Holly Jenkins named Student of the Month
Holly Jenkins named Student of the Month

Holly Jenkins, a senior at Cedaredge High School, was recognized by Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore, as the November Orchard City Student of the Month.

Holly was the VFW Patriot Pen speech winner in her junior year.

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Libraries introduce student e-card

Delta County Libraries' staff has long promoted library cards as one of the most valuable school supplies for students. A library card opens the door to endless resources for building literacy skills, conducting research, discovering new topics, and exploring ideas.

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Students expand their vocabulary -- and yours

When most of us think of sixth grade, we probably don't think of etymology. Etymology is the study of words, and usually that involves understanding them, defining them, and studying their origin.

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Obituaries

Andrew Carr

Andrew James Carr died of cardiac arrest Nov. 6, 2017, at his home in Clifton. He was 54.

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Anna Johnston
Anna Johnston

Anna "Pauline" Johnston died Sept. 29, 2017, at her home in Cortez. She was 87.

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Art Hawk
Art Hawk

Eckert resident Arthur "Art" Fred Hawk died Nov. 6, 2017, at his home in Eckert. He was 90.

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Donald Brunker
Donald Brunker

Delta resident Donald LeRoy Brunker died Nov. 7, 2017, at his home. He was 81.

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Edward Sunich Jr.
Edward Sunich Jr.

Edward Pete Sunich Jr. of Paonia died Nov. 12, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County after battling stage 4 renal cancer. He was 68.

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Harold
Harold "Emory" Townsend

North Fork Valley resident Harold "Emory" Townsend, age 94, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at his home on Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Emory was born on Sept. 11, 1923, in Richards, Colo., to the late Charles and Veda (Binford) Townsend.

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Jack Brown
Jack Brown

Jack Neil Brown of Cedaredge died Nov. 7, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 78.

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John F. Austin

John F. Austin of Hotchkiss died Feb. 24, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 84.

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Kenny Wallace
Kenny Wallace

Kenny Lavon Wallace died Oct. 20, 2017, of congestive heart failure. He was 63.

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Norma Bunzel
Norma Bunzel

Norma L. Bunzel of Delta died Nov. 11, 2017, at Horizons Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was 87.

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Warren Anderson
Warren Anderson

Delta resident Warren R. Anderson died Oct. 21, 2017, at Horizons Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Graveside services were held Oct. 24 at the Delta City Cemetery.

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North Fork

BOCC to consider Levin land use change on Nov. 22

The land use change application being considered at next Monday's meeting of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners has resulted in dozens of public comments, numerous meetings, a petition signed by more than 400 individuals, and some confusion.

The application, submitted by Mark Levin with Paonia Holdings, LLC, requests a land use change to light industrial/commercial under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations (SDR) on land located just north of Paonia on Highway 133.

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Crawford tightens budget after voters say 'no' to tax hike

Crawford voters again said no to a tax increase in last week's election, forcing the town board to tighten an already austere budget. Work on that budget continued when the trustees met one day after 65 percent of the voters turned down a 5 mill increase in property tax which would have added $14,000 to the town's revenues.

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Elsewhere grant to fund unique summer residency

Elsewhere Studios has been awarded a grant to participate in a unique residency program.

Elsewhere announced last spring that it was among 21 grant recipients from a field of over 265 applicants selected to participate in the "Arts in Society" initiative.

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Expect detour on Highway 92

The Town of Hotchkiss will be repairing a sewage line this week which will require the closure of Highway 92 at the west end of town, at the intersection of Bridge Street and Pinyon Drive.

Work will begin Wednesday, Nov. 15, and continue through Friday, Nov. 17.

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Funding needed for art wall
Funding needed for art wall

The art wall at Elsewhere Studios is in dire need of help.

What has fast become a focal point of the community, the wall at Elsewhere was created as an educational project and built by professionals and volunteers over a period of two years, said Elsewhere executive director, Karen Good.

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Paonia considers eliminating parks maintenance contract

After numerous adjustments and cuts totaling about $165,000, the Town of Paonia presented a balanced draft budget for fiscal year 2018 at Tuesday night's public budget hearing. The statutorily required hearing was to be held during the regularly-scheduled meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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Volunteers, sponsors needed for Christmas party

The North Fork Children's Christmas Party is seeking volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteers are needed for present wrapping day Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

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WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship
WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship

The Western Slope Conservation Center will present the annual Mountain Film Festival this Friday at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia. The festival is part of the worldwide tour of the annual MountainFilm Festival held each May in Telluride.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge trustees discuss possibility of a strategic plan

Cedaredge Mayor Gene Welch opened last week's board of trustees work session by announcing that there would be no discussion other than among the trustees and that no decisions would be made at the session. Trustees received an update regarding changes to the 2018 town budget.

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Food bank needs financial angels

The Surface Creek Community Services, known to most people in the community as the Cedaredge Food Bank, is again planning to provide Christmas dinners for the disadvantaged friends and neighbors in our community.

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Get a sneak peek at new event center
Get a sneak peek at new event center

The new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) will host a sneak peek of its future plans this Friday. The public is invited to the event Friday, Nov. 17, at the Cedaredge Civic Center, 140 NW 2nd Street.

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Orchard City adopts constituent time policy

At the regular monthly meeting of the Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees on Nov. 8, Ed Kissner and Dan Sanders, representing the Field of Dreams sports complex, expressed their appreciation for the support of the town. Field of Dreams runs summer baseball, softball and soccer as well as various sports throughout the year.

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Parade of Lights set for Dec. 2

Cedaredge is rolling out the red carpet for the community to enjoy a kickoff to Christmas with the annual Parade of Lights, brought to you by a generous sponsorship by US Bank. The Parade of Lights is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., and will run from 5th Street to Hwy. 65 along Main Street in Cedaredge.

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