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Delta

Chamber members enjoy a rip-roarin' good time
Chamber members enjoy a rip-roarin' good time

The period of sustained economic prosperity that marked the "Roaring '20s" was embraced by Delta Area Chamber of Commerce members both visually and with a sense of optimism underscored by the many, many nominations for Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Educator of the Year. Clearly, Delta's business community believes there's much to celebrate.

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City takes a major step toward blight remediation

The City of Delta has taken what city manager David Torgler describes as its first tangible step toward eliminating blight. The city is finalizing a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that will cover the cost of demolition of West's Home Center, 327 Main Street, and create a pedestrian passage connecting Main Street and the large parking area on the opposite side of the vacant store.

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Delta County library friends are forever

Feb. 14 is a great day to express gratitude with flowers, sweet feelings with sweet hearts, kind words in enclosed cards and, for the libraries, appreciation for loving friends.

"Celebrating our library friends goes hand-in-hand with Valentine's Day because we want each of them to know how much we love them, and appreciate their hard work and caring hearts for the libraries," comments Terry Johns, Hotchkiss Library manager.

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Delta Police Department, county sheriff's blotter Feb. 14, 2018

Feb. 4:

Two individuals were cited for violation of Delta Municipal Code 8.16.030, "Keeping of Junk."

Officers were called to 37 Stafford Lane to investigate a report of shoplifting.

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Economic boost set in stone
Economic boost set in stone

Colorado Stone Quarries is being touted as a bright spot in the effort to diversify the economy in Delta County.

"When Delta County lost hundreds of high-paying coal mine jobs, no one could have predicted that five years later sales tax would be up and unemployment rates would be low," Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes said at a Morning Business Buzz recently hosted by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Feb. 16 is Elks Day

On Feb. 16, 1867, Charles Vivian and a handful of friends established the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in New York City.

The 150th anniversary of that date has been proclaimed Elks Day in the City of Delta and in cities and towns across the nation.

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Hospice isn't about dying; it's about living your best

"I remember so vividly my father collapsing at his retirement party in front of our family and his coworkers," said Nancy Hovde, HopeWest development officer. "We called an ambulance to pick him up, not knowing he was even ill."

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Law enforcement academy resumes

The law enforcement academy at the Technical College of the Rockies is up and running again, six months after losing POST certification.

The Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board, the governing body for law enforcement, suspended the academy last fall.

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Nuclear Care Partners receives accreditation

Nuclear Care Partners received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) making it the only provider in the United States exclusively serving former atomic workers to achieve such a high level of patient care.

"We are thrilled to be accredited!" said Patti Kendall, VP of clinical compliance at Nuclear Care Partners.

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Phone scams: DMEA says don't fall for them

A rash of panicked phone calls filled the lines at Delta-Montrose Electric Association last week as members reported yet another phone scam. Although consumers are typically savvy regarding scams, DMEA advises members to exercise caution as the scammers become more sophisticated and clever.

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Reardon on paid leave

City of Delta building inspector Dan Reardon has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. City manager David Torgler declined to comment on the nature of that investigation, citing personnel issues.

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Summer Rodeo Bible Camp dates announced
Summer Rodeo Bible Camp dates announced

Cowboy at the Cross Church recently moved to the Delta Sales Yard on 5th Street just west of Confluence Drive. Morning worship has almost doubled in attendance, according to Pastor Shane Kier.

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Opinion

A call for fully aware, active citizens

My name is Tom Wills and after serving for 14 years on the town council I am offering to serve as mayor of Hotchkiss. Larry Wilkening, who has a very good background in management and seems to be a very competent, nice guy, is also offering to serve in that capacity.

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A recommendation for Orchard City voters

Now that I am officially NOT a candidate to continue as a trustee for Orchard City I have a few things to say to all of the citizens of my beloved home for more than 50 years. I am not speaking to the small vocal group that has harassed and threatened the present board of trustees and the mayor as well as town staff for the past 18 months.

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Energy and agriculture can co-exist

Eco-activists in Delta County perpetuate a mistruth. They claim energy and agriculture can't coexist.

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Fond memories of Paonia baseball park

I was very sorry to hear about the demolition of the baseball park in Paonia as it holds a special place in my young baseball playing days.

In 1947 I was 13 years old playing shortstop with the 16- to 18-year-old American Legion baseball team based in Delta.

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Hospital urged to reconsider

I have lived in Delta County for over 40 years and have always been satisfied, and even proud of the county's health care. I have watched the hospital grow, have been a patient at the hospital, and have seen friends and family members brought into its care.

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Oil/gas drive economy

The press release from Citizens for a Healthy Community (DCI Feb. 7) is filled with so many inaccuracies, it's hard to know where to start. But I suppose the biggest one is the false choice fallacy CHC's entire premise is based upon, that warrants the most attention.

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Sports

Bruin girls win, boys fall
Bruin girls win, boys fall

Cedaredge had a good start to its basketball week in boys play. The Bruins defeated Delta for the second straight time, 62-52, on Feb. 6, after losing to the Panthers 71-54 back in December.

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Bulldog boys win, girls lose hoop tilts

Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams won three of four games played last weekend. The girls defeated West Grand 54-42 and fell to North Park 43-33 in 2A District 5 play.

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Delta qualifies 3 to state with Church and Barrios winning regional titles
Delta qualifies 3 to state with Church and Barrios winning regional titles

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison made a good decision when it signed Delta senior Logan Church to its wrestling program. Church will be the No. 1 seed when the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships open tomorrow at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Elena Gilliam signs to attend college in Lamar
Elena Gilliam signs to attend college in Lamar

Delta senior Elena Gilliam has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lamar Community College.

Gilliam will pursue a degree in education or secondary education.

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Hillman 10th in 50 yd. freestyle
Hillman 10th in 50 yd. freestyle

Delta High School senior Kendra Hillman entered last week's state swim meet ranked ninth in the 50 yd. freestyle and finished 10th. Hillman posted a personal best time of 25.93 in the race.

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Paonia boys, girls lose to Meeker teams

The Paonia boys have worked their way into the top three of 2A District 5 standings and are looking to make the most of it with the playoffs looming in the future.

Paonia is 9-2 in league play and 12-6 overall. Last week's visit to Meeker resulted in one of the two league losses the Eagles show in standings.

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What's Happening

Learn to shape your brain and body by your thoughts

The Center for Spiritual Life will host a class based on Dr. Joe Dispenza's book "You Are the Placebo."

Transform your life through the power of thought and the practice of meditation and access a higher level of consciousness.

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Program supports caregivers

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a six-week educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

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Community

Births Feb. 14, 2018

Hannah McIntire and Tyler Tasler of Paonia are the parents of a son, Branson Tobias Tasler, born Feb. 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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League of Women Voters celebrates 98th birthday

The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. On Feb. 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured for women the right to vote -- passage of the 19th Amendment in that same year -- following a long organized struggle that involved many personal sacrifices on the part of the Suffragettes.

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People in the News Clock

Paonia resident and Azusa Pacific University student Tiffany Clock made the academic Deans' List at APU.

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People in the News Fulton/Smith

Samuel Fulton of Delta and Desiree Smith were among the nearly 500 students named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester. These students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.

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People In The News Hill

Logan Hill of Hotchkiss has been named to the Deans' List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

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People In The News Shiflet
People In The News Shiflet

Jordyn (Rienks) Shiflet graduated with her Doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University on Dec. 15, 2017.

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Obituaries

Charlene Burnett
Charlene Burnett

Cedaredge resident Charlene A. Burnett died Feb. 10, 2018, at her home. She was 76.

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Debrra F. Wallace
Debrra F. Wallace

Longtime Paonia resident Debrra Faye Wallace, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Paonia, Colo. Debby was 62 years old.

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Donald Morris
Donald Morris

Donald Morris died Feb. 5, 2018, at his home in Cedaredge. He 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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Jim Ward
Jim Ward

Former Delta resident Jim Ward died Jan. 7, 2018. He was 78.

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Pete Tullio
Pete Tullio

Delta resident Peter "Pete" Tullio died Feb. 9, 2018, at Colorow Care Center. He was 94.

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Roy Long
Roy Long

Roy H. Long died Feb. 5, 2018, at his home in Cory. He was 85.

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North Fork

Birders explore back roads for raptors
Birders explore back roads for raptors

The Black Canyon Audubon Society sponsored two raptor field trips last weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 10 and again on Sunday, Feb. 11, nearly two dozen enthusiasts explored Delta County back roads between Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia searching for a variety of raptors.

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Community spirit in the spotlight
Community spirit in the spotlight

A baker, a creative nonprofit, and the oldest volunteer radio DJ in the country were among the recipients of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce's 2017 community awards. The awards were presented Feb. 8 during the organization's annual board meeting held at Wisehart Springs Inn.

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Hotchkiss orchard taps C-PACE for renewable energy system

Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), which helps building owners and developers finance energy efficiency measures, recently announced the state's first agricultural project funded through the program. Ela Family Farms, a Hotchkiss-based certified organic orchard, will use C-PACE financing to install a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its warehouse.

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North Fork rec district seeks board nominations

The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District has two- and four-year board seats open for the upcoming election on May 8. The three directors will be elected to serve four-year terms, and a director will be elected to serve a two-year term.

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Pickleball players meet three times a week

Want to have fun and be a part of one of the fastest growing sports in America?

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Three-year program could reshape Crawford government

The Crawford Town Council was quick to accept an offer of assistance from the Department of Local Affairs, to help with the town's financial sustainability.

Kimberly Bullen, the northwest regional manager for DOLA, explained the three-year program during the council's regular meeting of Feb. 7.

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Western Slope Conservation Center seeks 'lasting change'
Western Slope Conservation Center seeks 'lasting change'

The Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) held its annual meeting in Hotchkiss on Sunday, Feb. 11. According to its 2017 annual report, the WSCC's mission is to build "an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison watershed."

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Surface Creek

Artists team up on stained glass window
Artists team up on stained glass window

Local artists have teamed up to create a stained glass panel for the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) in Cedaredge. The group meets regularly at the Splinters & Shards studio in Delta to assemble the large panel.

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Cedaredge trustees review drought strategies

On Feb. 8 the Cedaredge Board of Trustees held a special meeting and a work session. During the special meeting the trustees unanimously approved a proposal by Mayor Gene Welch to appoint all trustees -- excluding the mayor -- to serve as members of the town administrator application review committee.

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DMEA kicks off power pole inspections in the Orchard City area
DMEA kicks off power pole inspections in the Orchard City area

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will immediately begin inspecting power poles in the Orchard City area. The inspections are expected to last throughout the spring. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.

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Garden club plans upcoming programs

Our January meeting was productive as all members contributed ideas for the year's upcoming programs. And as usual, those that were chosen are a great mix of learning more about many phases of gardening, the community around us, and providing for crafts, artwork and enjoyment.

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New Cedaredge water meters can be read remotely
New Cedaredge water meters can be read remotely

Cedarege public works is taking advantage of dry weather to replace old water meters with new Neptune radio-read meters.

The Town of Cedaredge has more than 1,300 water taps and the goal is to switch out at least 800 meters by the close of 2018.

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Orchard City trustees talk planning, security

The Orchard City Board of Trustees work session on Feb. 7 opened with all trustees and the town administrator present. Five constituents, Jack and Mary Ditlove, Doug Keller, Mel Cook and Jan Gage, also attended.

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 14, 2018

It has grown dark and the moonlight is bright. My mind wanders to the pair of owls that sang at this time.

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Welcome Home Alliance hosts coffee for vets

The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans changed its name for a reason. "We used to be Welcome Home Montrose," says Mike Trickey, alliance executive director.

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What's bugging you? Feb. 14, 2018
What's bugging you? Feb. 14, 2018

Our gardens have for the most part experienced spring-like weather through mid-February. Yet spring is still almost five weeks away! Warmer than usual temperatures and lack of winter precipitation are posing real issues for our landscape.

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