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Delta

28 days to love your library

The public libraries in Delta County are in high demand. From the child attending weekly storytimes to the elder having books delivered to a care center, the libraries reach so many people in so many different ways.

As of January 2018, there are 8,605 active library users in Delta County, up by 674 at the same time last year.

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50J ramps up suicide prevention efforts

Delta High School has been rocked by two student deaths in three weeks. The most recent, the result of suicide, prompted school administrators to reach out to law enforcement and to the Center for Mental Health early Sunday.

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Blake Field celebrates 2017, prepares for runway work

Cheryl Husmann presented the 2017 year-end report for Smiling Aviation at Blake Field at the county commissioners' Feb. 5 meeting.

Earlier in the meeting the commissioners approved the application to Federal Aviation Administration for federal assistance in the reconstruction and resurfacing of the runway at Blake Field to FAA standards.

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County, watchdog haggle over transparency

On Jan. 31, Delta County Citizen Report (DCCR), an apolitical, nonprofit media organization reporting on Delta County government activities, moved to vacate a temporary protection order hearing in its lawsuit against Delta County Commissioners. In a press release issued last week, DCCR president Jo Ann Kalenak said she believes this action will provide the time for direct negotiations with the commissioners before a permanent protection order hearing date April 6 in Mesa County Court.

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Drought forces Powderhorn to reduce hours

With snowpack far below average at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, the continued drought has forced the return to a reduced Thursday through Sunday operating schedule to preserve current snowpack higher on the mountain.

The season-to-date running snowfall total at Powderhorn is 45 inches which is almost nine feet behind the 2016-17 season snowfall pace and nearly 15 feet below this point in the 2015-16 season.

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Grant, sheriff's office fund shooting range improvements
Grant, sheriff's office fund shooting range improvements

Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor was able to secure a generous grant from the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) for the Technical College of the Rockies to upgrade its law enforcement shooting range with the addition of concrete lanes and yard markers. The grant is managed by the West/Central POST training region which consists of law enforcement agencies from Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.

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Law enforcement blotter Feb. 7, 2018

Jan. 28:

5:01 a.m.: Officers responded to 101 Highway 92 on a report of shoplifting. James C. Hollis was issued a summons.

11:45 a.m.: Officers responded to an abandoned vehicle call at 430 West 8th Street. The vehicle was towed.

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Nebraska native purchases Dr. Scott's dental practice
Nebraska native purchases Dr. Scott's dental practice

Nebraska's loss is western Colorado's gain. When the Richman family moved from Imperial to Delta, DCMH Family Medicine gained a primary care physician in Jonathan Richman, M.D., and the communities of Olathe, Delta and Montrose gained a dentist.

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Ordinance limiting marijuana plants takes effect Feb. 10

A county ordinance limiting marijuana plants to 12 on residential property will take effect on Feb. 10.

To provide clarification concerning the number of marijuana plants a grower is authorized to cultivate, grow or produce, the Colorado General Assembly enacted HB 17-1220, which took effect Jan. 1.

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Opinion

Hotchkiss firm builds foundation for Elevate Fiber

Elevate Fiber has had a significant impact on the communities in our corner of Colorado. And yes, I say this as a proud member of the Elevate Fiber board.

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New residents strive to be part of the community

Recently a letter was posted regarding a welcome and tips for newcomers to Paonia. In my opinion, this letter was less than welcoming and rather more conforming. I am glad that, as a "newcomer," I have met many more welcoming people than was represented in this letter to the editor.

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Please keep your dogs on a leash

How fortunate we who live in Delta are to have Confluence Park.It offers opportunities for fishing, boating, dog walking, bike riding and now playing frisbee golf.

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Reauthorization of lottery division encouraged

I am submitting this letter of support for Great Outdoors Colorado on behalf of the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC). IAWC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that recently took over the operations of Fort Uncompahgre, a replica of a historic trading post built in the 1820s, located in Delta.

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Sports

Bruins on opposite paths

While the Cedaredge girls are on a new winning streak, the Bruin boys are working hard to end an end-of-the-season funk which includes losses in the last five games (from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3) the Bruins have played. The latest losses were to Olathe (59-50) and Gunnison (65-49).

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Bulldogs win Norwood wrestling tournament

Hotchkiss wrestlers scored 136 points to win the Norwood Maverick Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Host school, Norwood scored 103.5 points to finish second at the seven-team tournament.

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Delta swimmers to state

Delta senior Kendra Hillman was the top 50 yard freestyle swimmer last weekend on the campus of CMU in the multi teams and Southwester Conference League Championships.

Teams competing in the competition included Fruita Monument (361), Glenwood Springs (359), Grand Junction (291), Gunnison (255), Durango (246), Aspen (246), Summit (245), Montrose (156), Delta (75), Moffat County (58) and Montezuma-Cortez.

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Eagle girls beat 2A foes
Eagle girls beat 2A foes

With two weeks remaining in regulation play the Eagles upped their 2A/1A Western Slope conference record to 7-2 with wins over North Park and West Grand.

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Etter's pin seals mat win

With one match remaining last Friday night at Delta High School, the host Panthers were leading by a slim three points against Paonia.

For Class 2A Paonia to win the annual dual against the Class 3A Panthers, 126-pound sophomore Zeb Etter needed at least a major win over Ayden Tucker.

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Paonia boys 9-1 in league
Paonia boys 9-1 in league

The Eagles upped their winning streak to five games and their conference record to 9-1 last week with wins over Vail Mountain, North Park and West Grand.

The North Park and West Grand games marked the first starts for junior Elan Maulhardt.

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What's Happening

Cribbage players compete Feb. 25

It's time for the City of Delta/Lee Martinson annual February cribbage tournament. This event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Journaling class offered

Kathleen Ray is teaching a journaling class at Delta County Memorial Hospital. The class focuses on earth-centered awareness as a strategy to ease the stress and fear during life's challenges, and is open to anybody affected by cancer.

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Participants sought for capital conference

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet together with Colorado Mesa University, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University invite all Colorado residents to apply to the Colorado Capital Conference held in Washington, D.C. June 12-14.

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Soil Health Conference returns to Delta Feb. 22-23

The eighth annual Soil Health Conference will be held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is the premier area educational and networking event designed to educate producers, orchardists, ranchers, government officials and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter and increase the health of our soils by using cover crop, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices.

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Taste and learn how to cook wild game meat in Delta

If you're a novice hunter and want to taste and learn how to prepare wild game meat, you're invited to attend a "wild game cocktail party" sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The event is set for 6 p.m., March 3 at the Needle Rock Brewing Company in Delta.

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What's up at your library? Feb. 7, 2018

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Births

Hso Gay Paw of Delta is the parent of a son, Ehku Gay, born Feb. 1, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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School Zone

DCMH Volunteers to award scholarships for health studies

Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers are offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Delta County high schools. The main scholarship is for students pursuing postsecondary education in a health care-related program.

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Obituaries

Benjamin Philip Caleb Hayner
Benjamin Philip Caleb Hayner

On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, Benjamin Philip Caleb Hayner chose to leave this world. His struggles were too hard.

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Charles Robert
Charles Robert "Bob" Hicks

Charles Robert "Bob" Hicks, 65, a husband, brother, father, grandfather, and dear friend, passed away Jan. 12, 2018, at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Bob was born July 19, 1952, in Delta Colo., the son of Jack Hicks and the late Charlie Lea Hillis Hicks.

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Debrra Wallace
Debrra Wallace

Longtime Paonia resident Debrra "Debby" Faye Wallace died Jan. 30, 2018. She was 62.

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Don Case
Don Case

Don Case died Jan. 30, 2018, at Colorow Care Center. He was 88.

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Donald Morris

Donald Morris died Feb. 5, 2018, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 76.

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Donna Palmer
Donna Palmer

Donna Mae Palmer died Jan. 27, 2018, at Colorow Care Center. She was 76.

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Eugene
Eugene "Gene" Lyle Moe

Eugene Lyle Moe passed away peacefully at home in Austin, Colo., on Jan. 22, 2018, at the age of 85.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beulah; brothers, Ted and Doyce; and son, Gary.

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Maxine Matthews
Maxine Matthews

Cedaredge resident Maxine Matthews died Feb. 1, 2018, at Crossroads Living Center in Delta. She was 86.

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Michelle Clements

Michelle Suzette Marie (Kelly) Clements died at her home Feb. 1, 2018, after years of painful medical complications.

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Roy Long

Roy H. Long of Cory died at his home on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel, with burial to follow at the Mesa View Cemetery.

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Tommie Lee Lane
Tommie Lee Lane

Delta resident Tommie Lee Lane died Feb. 3, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 80.

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North Fork

Crawford residents invited to DMEA info meeting
Crawford residents invited to DMEA info meeting

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce is urging area residents to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 9, hosted by Delta Montrose Electric Association and Elevate Fiber at Diamond Joe's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'
Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'

In late January the Town of Paonia leveled most of what was left of the old baseball field at Paonia Town Park. And while it didn't look like much in recent years, the history of the little baseball field goes way back, said Paonia native Ron Rowell.

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Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong
Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong

National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.

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Mandate could hit Paonia businesses in pocketbook

A Colorado safe drinking water program policy adopted in 2015 could result in one-time and annual costs for some commercial property owners serviced by the Paonia Water Department.

In response to the state's "Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Rule Implementation Policy," town trustees recently passed a resolution establishing "cross connection and backflow prevention" rules and regulations for businesses and multi-family units serviced by the water department.

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Study shows fossil fuel development costs taxpayers
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Surface Creek

Cedaredge man converts Gator to electric power
Cedaredge man converts Gator to electric power

Henry Ford had a good idea but that didn't stop Cedaredge resident Craig Andrews-Jones from improving on the internal combustion engine. It all began when he was using a gas-powered John Deere 6x4 Gator -- a standard medium-sized farm and ranch utility vehicle.

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CMS students 'shelter in place'

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Cedaredge Middle School was put into a "shelter in place" status. That afternoon at around 2 p.m. the Cedaredge Police Department posted the following statement on its Facebook page; the same statement was re-posted on the CMS Facebook page:

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Eckert Presbyterian welcomes interim pastor Nancy Howarth
Eckert Presbyterian welcomes interim pastor Nancy Howarth

In October 2017 Eckert Presbyterian Church welcomed Rev. Nancy Howarth as interim pastor, and her husband, Steve Howarth, also a pastor.

"We appreciate being able to share life and ministry with Eckert Presbyterian.

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Emergency ordinance updates election codes

The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees held a special meeting on Feb. 1 to pass an emergency ordinance to bring the town's municipal code "into conformity with amended deadlines contained in the Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965." Interim town administrator Greg Brinck discovered the code discrepancy while reviewing what action to recommend to trustees regarding the upcoming April municipal election.

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 7, 2018
Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 7, 2018

I remember riding my little pony and listening to his hooves rustling through the cottonwood leaves. And later there was a real horse ... a sorrel mare named Cindy, I was a bit older by then, so Cindy and I rode wherever we wanted (almost).

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Water provider looking for solution to water quality issue

The Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USCDWUA) informed its more than 2,700 customers of a violation of drinking water requirements in a notice with this month's billing.

Users were informed that on Jan. 25, 2017, the water provider was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health, which monitors water quality, that its treatment system had exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for HAA5 -- Total Haloacetic Acids.

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