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Delta

County contracts for fruit and vegetable feasibility study

The county commissioners approved a contract with McMichael Management Services of Carbondale for a fruit and vegetable feasibility study at their Feb. 5 meeting.

The study was authorized in November 2017, when Delta County and Montrose County entered into a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the feasibility of a regional produce processing facility.

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DCMH reaches Top 100 for the third year
DCMH reaches Top 100 for the third year

Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the third year in a row DCMH was given this honor.

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Death of Olathe man investigated

On Friday, Feb. 10, Stephen Felix, a 52-year-old male from Olathe, was brought to Montrose Memorial Hospital by the Olathe Ambulance in an unconscious state. Radiologic examination revealed traumatic injuries and an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage over his brain.

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Delta groups promote western Colorado at Denver show

Representatives from Delta County, Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and Delta County Economic Development (DCED) were present during the Outdoor Retailer Show at the Denver Convention Center Jan. 25-28.

Representatives from Montrose County and Mesa County also joined in promoting western Colorado.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter Feb. 21, 2018

Feb. 11:

Officers responded to an address on Bluff Street for the report of a disturbance.

Feb. 12:

Officers responded to an address on Palmer Street for the report of a suspicious incident/possible burglary in progress.

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Food truck vendors sought

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is exploring options for a food truck vendor for the summer months of 2018 on the South Rim of the park. The vendor would operate under a short-term commercial use authorization.

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Mad Dog Ranch sold at reduced price

The 15,873-square-foot home built by rock and roll legend Joe Cocker and his wife Pam outside of Crawford recently sold for $3,875,000.

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Prizes for photos

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is turning 25 years old in 2018. The City of Delta is seeking photographs that best tell the story of the facility over the last 25 years. All photos must include people.

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School district addresses student/staff safety concerns

Safety has been a top priority of Delta County Joint School District #50, even before the recent school shooting in Florida and the report of a student with a gun at Grand Mesa Choice Academy.

The school district is working on a plan to implement increased security entrances by eventually adding security systems, locked doors and potentially school resource officers.

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Sold-out crowd demonstrates support for DHS
Sold-out crowd demonstrates support for DHS

An event planned months before two student deaths at Delta High School became a rallying point for the community last week. A sold-out crowd of 600-plus filled the school gymnasium to watch the Harlem Wizards take on the Panther Pack -- a team comprised of teachers, school administrators and law enforcement.

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VFW, library team up to help troops

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

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Yager's retrial begins Tuesday

It's now been seven years since the brutal slaying of Melinda Tackett Yager in Paonia, and while her estranged husband has been jailed since her death, his conviction is still up in the air.

Yager was convicted of second degree murder following a jury trial in November 2012, but won an appeal when his attorney successfully argued that the trial court erroneously refused to instruct the jury on the defense of insanity.

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Opinion

Anatomy of a county ordinance

It's times like these that I wish I'd paid better attention in my high school civics classes. Then, I might have been better prepared to reconcile how our county commissioners could adopt a hot-topic ordinance without hearing the voice of a single citizen publicly speak before the ordinance's adoption.

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Don't play the blame game

I went to a suicide discussion meeting in Delta. Whenever there is a suicide a lot of the public blames the school system.

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Don't put funding for outdoor recreation at risk

Funding from the outdoor recreation industry is an important part of Colorado's economy, and it has the potential to grow, as shown by the recent move of the Outdoor Retailer trade shows from Utah, bringing an estimated $45 million in direct annual spending.

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How did we lose our respect for life?


We have had another mass shooting. This time 17 people in Florida lost their lives. Why is this happening?

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Moving access won't solve Highway 65 problems

Try building a house in Orchard City off of Highway 65 and see what happens. Seven years ago I bought three and a half acres off Highway 65 and this past summer built a small house on the back corner of the property.

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Oil/gas study is flawed

I see that the local anti-oil and gas activists have released yet another flawed so-called economic study which claims oil and gas development is harming Delta County. As usual, the premise of the report is that oil and gas development inherently conflicts with and harms agricultural and recreational activities.

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Read the report, do the math

The NFMMDP cannot do for Delta County what industry agents claim. The North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP) consists of three wells in Delta County and 32 wells in Gunnison County.

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We don't have to choose

"We've always known that oil and gas is not compatible with our region." That's a quote from Jeff Schwartz, an opinion, presented as fact.

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Why you're asked to buy Girl Scout cookies

You may have seen the following posted on Facebook in recent days, and we feel it perfectly says exactly what we as Girl Scout leaders hope our community understands about why our girls are asking you to buy cookies, and we wanted to share it with your readers.

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Sports

Bruin boys split hoop tilts
Bruin boys split hoop tilts

The Cedaredge High School boys basketball team split its last two regular season games, losing to Roaring Fork on Friday, 56-34, and defeating Moffat County, 48-41, on Saturday.

Cedaredge's final league standing is 2-7 with an overall record of 5-14 giving the Bruins a number nine seed heading into this weekend's district tournament at Central High School.

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Bruin girls lose for second time this year
Bruin girls lose for second time this year

The 3A WSL was thrown into a spaghetti ball this past weekend. Cedaredge, the team which had occupied the top spot in 3A WSL standings for most of the season, lost, 43-32, to Moffat County helping send the top four teams into a tie for the league title with identical 7-2 league records.

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Bulldog quints split games

Hotchkiss' basketball teams had close games against Vail Christian last week with different outcomes. The girls won their game on a buzzer-beater, 40-38, from Kaiya Firor at midcourt.

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Delta boys win out; earn third in WSL race
Delta boys win out; earn third in WSL race

A pair of wins, including an exciting venture to Parachute, elevated Delta High School boys' basketball team to third place in the final 3A WSL standings.

The Panthers rolled to a much-needed victory over league foe Moffat County on Friday, winning by an 80-43 margin.

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Delta girls fourth in WSL
Delta girls fourth in WSL

Delta's Panthers made a run at the 3A WSL title last weekend but came up just short. A win both nights could have handed the team title to Delta. Unfortunately, the Panthers stumbled in Parachute with a 58-41 loss to Grand Valley and finished fourth in the team race with a 7-2 league mark and 14-5 overall.

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Paonia ends season fourth in 2A District 5

The first three quarters of Paonia High School's boys basketball game between the Eagles and Rangely essentially spelled the difference in last week's game. The Panthers were a five-point winner, 61-56, when the final buzzer sounded.

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Paonia girls stumble against Rangely five
Paonia girls stumble against Rangely five

Last week's basketball schedule included two games to end the regular season for Paonia's girls. The Eagles played Montrose's junior varsity on Feb. 13 and recorded a 37-16 non-conference win at home.

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What's Happening

Easter Eggstravaganza returns to Bill Heddles

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bill Heddles Recreation Center, the City of Delta is bringing back the Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon.

The celebration will include indoor activities -- egg decorating, games, crafts and the Easter Bunny.

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Scleroderma support group meets in GJ

Scleroderma support group meetings are held every other month at Community Hospital, Legacy 1 Room, 2351 G Road in Grand Junction. The next meeting will be March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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What's happening at your library? Feb. 21, 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 Feb. 21, 2018

Makaya Love and Titus Koehn of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Adam Scott Koehn, born Feb. 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length.

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Cedaredge FFA dedicated to service, education
Cedaredge FFA dedicated to service, education

In Delta County, the conclusion of February break brings with it the beginning of National FFA Week for the Cedaredge FFA Chapter. Our members will celebrate the week themed "I Can, We Will," Feb. 25 through March 3.

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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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People in the News Pieper

Emily Pieper, a nursing major from Paonia, was named to the Dean's Honors List at Saint Francis University for the fall 2017 semester.

To be named to the Dean's Honors List, students must have full-time status and attain a quality point average of at least 3.5.

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School Zone

A melodious experience for Paonia singers
A melodious experience for Paonia singers

A select group of Paonia and Delta high school junior and senior students performed recently with some 600 other choir members from across the state at the annual Colorado All-State Choir, held Feb. 1-3 in Denver.

PHS students Derek Holt sang in the men's choir, Cade Meilner sang mixed choir, and Jordan Evans sang in the women's choir.

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Obituaries

Daniel Hannigan

Daniel Hannigan died Feb. 11, 2018, at Centennial Healthcare Center in Greeley. He was 80.

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Gene Markley
Gene Markley

Chester "Gene" Eugene Markley of Olathe died Feb. 15, 2018. He was 80.

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James B. Allen
James B. Allen

Hotchkiss resident SGM James B. Allen, U.S. Army Retired, passed away peacefully at his home in Hotchkiss, Colo., Feb. 9, 2018. He was 81.

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Larry Pelc
Larry Pelc

Former Buena Vista resident Larry A. Pelc died Feb. 12, 2018, in Delta, where he resided for the past five years. He was 76.

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Marion R. Drown
Marion R. Drown

Delta resident, Marion R. Drown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at his home in Delta, Colo. Marion was 68 years old.

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Michael Farmer
Michael Farmer

Michael Joe Farmer died Feb. 7, 2018, in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., after an extended illness. He was 80.

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Nina Den Beste

Nina May Den Beste died Jan. 22, 2018, at Crossroads Memory Care. She was 96.

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North Fork

Fresh start for Rogers Mesa research center
Fresh start for Rogers Mesa research center

Since its closing in 2011, several ideas for re-opening the Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center at Rogers Mesa have been tossed about. Thanks to state funding and efforts by District 61 State Rep. Miller Hamner, a re-vamped center will open this spring, focusing on collaborations and community partnerships, business incubation programs, and on research and education.

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Mill levy increase doesn't benefit NFA

The recent mill levy increase approved by the voters in the Delta/Cedaredge area for Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD) has nothing to do with funding ambulance service in the North Fork Valley.

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NFA surveys residents about emergency medical care

Earlier this year, the North Fork Ambulance conducted a survey of North Fork Valley residents to gauge public opinion about emergency medical care services. Interviews were conducted toward the last part of January; the information gathered will help ambulance association leaders make the best decisions moving forward on how to provide the best service to residents of Crawford, Hotchkiss, Paonia and the surrounding area.

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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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Paonia considers private company for building services

The Town of Paonia is considering hiring an outside company to provide services currently handled by the building department.

The problem is, the town has no building inspector, hence, no building department.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 21, 2018
Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 21, 2018

The phone rings, and it's a fun call for me. Vera Schultz has read my column about the spotted towhee and she had three towhees at her feeder.

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Cedaredge cancels municipal election

The Town of Cedaredge has cancelled the municipal election scheduled for April 3 and declared Raymond Hanson, Patricia Michael and Catherine Brown (a write-in candidate) elected to four-year terms.

That leaves one seat vacant on the town board.

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Don't judge a book by its cover
Don't judge a book by its cover

Valentine's Day has come and gone but February is still "Love Your Libraries" month so there's still time to try a blind date with a book at the Cedaredge Public Library. Books from all genres and for all age groups are wrapped in plain brown paper and patiently waiting for someone to connect with them.

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Greg Brinck named sole town administrator finalist
Greg Brinck named sole town administrator finalist

Interim town administrator Greg Brinck has been named the sole finalist for town administrator.

The announcement followed a short executive session at the Feb. 15 Cedaredge Town Council meeting.

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Hopeful signs that wetter weather is in the forecast
Hopeful signs that wetter weather is in the forecast

Clouds billowed over Grand Mesa last week, then parted to reveal a glimpse of higher elevation snow. This scene suggests the area's persistent drought may yet yield to seasonal moisture, but will it be enough and arrive in time?

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More than 150 enjoy 'A SweetArt Evening'
More than 150 enjoy 'A SweetArt Evening'

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center hosted A SweetArt Evening at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge on Valentine's Day, to the enjoyment of over 150 attendees. Sweethearts and friends were treated to delicious chocolate truffles, donated by Johannes Chocolatier, as well as other fine desserts and Williams Cellars wine and hard cider.

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Orchard City hears from new DCED director

The Town of Orchard City board of trustees met on Valentines Day, Feb. 14.

After dealing with routine matters of approval of the minutes and disbursements, Jayden Miller was recognized as Orchard City's February Student of the Month. Jayden is a senior at Cedaredge High School.

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Watch silent movies Thursday
Watch silent movies Thursday

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society will present another of its popular silent movie nights on Thursday, Feb. 22. The program features vintage cartoons plus two short Buster Keaton comedies (The Blacksmith and The Electric House).

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