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Delta

Blake Field runway reconstruction begins

Reconstruction of the main runway at Delta's Blake Field began on Monday, September 10. The base of the 30-year old runway has experienced some failure that will be addressed during the construction process.

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Delta Library hosts traveling health exhibit

"A Look Inside the Brain," "The Faces of Health Care," a "Body Systems Touch Table," and the "Human Body Report" are just a few of the interactive displays that make up Discover Health, a traveling exhibition of the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus.

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Food for Thought awarded $25,000

Willyn Webb, executive director of Vision Charter Academy, announced Tuesday morning that the Food For Thought program is the recipient of a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. She expressed appreciation to all who voted for the program over a 10-day period.

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Holy Guardian Angels School celebrates 20th anniversary
Holy Guardian Angels School celebrates 20th anniversary

Holy Guardian Angels School is celebrating its 20-year anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come join the celebration at the school at 59350 Carnation Road, Olathe.

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Joint candidate forum scheduled

Delta County Colorado Republican and Democratic County Committees will jointly present the 2018 Delta County election candidate forum at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Tuesday, Oct. 2, featuring candidates from both parties. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 26, 2018

At 1:55 a.m., officers contacted a pedestrian in the alley of the 300 block of Palmer and Main streets. Jonathan J. Banister, 32, of Delta was arrested on a warrant out of Arizona.

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Paper Clover event helps 4-H members

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is gearing up for its Paper Clover event, a semi-annual fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth.

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Party headquarters open

The Delta County Republican Party has established a campaign headquarters at 428 Main Street in Delta. September hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Peak to Peak motorists give generously
Peak to Peak motorists give generously

The Peak to Peak Rallye has come through Delta on three separate occasions, each time leaving the Abraham Connection with a generous donation to help cover operating costs of the homeless shelter.

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Program provides debt relief for rural veterinarians

At least one-third of Colorado's 64 counties -- encompassing vast stretches of ranchland on the state's Eastern Plains and Western Slope -- lack veterinarians needed to care for sheep, hogs, dairy cattle, and beef cattle that are essential to food production and to the well-being of rural economies and communities.

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Reclamation releases draft EA for piping project

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the East Side Lateral Piping Project, Phase 9 in Delta and Montrose counties. The project would replace approximately 20.4 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.

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Senior meals for October

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday), Delta Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.

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Sunset Mesa families share their grief
Terri Reid
Sunset Mesa families share their grief

Last Saturday afternoon over 125 people assembled at the pow wow arbor in Delta's Confluence Park. They gathered just southeast of the point where the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers flow together -- a juncture that gives the park its name.

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Two die of apparent gunshot wounds; no suspects sought

Joshua George, 26, and Jonathan Alonzo, 27, both of Delta, have been identified as the two men found dead in the roadway near L and 3100 roads outside of Hotchkiss early Sunday morning. Delta County coroner Lance Boren provided identification, but the cause of death is pending the results of autopsies.

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Water quality advisory issued for section of Blue Mesa Reservoir

The National Park Service has sampled, analyzed, and determined the presence of cyanotoxins in the Iola Basin section of Blue Mesa Reservoir in concentrations that exceed safe exposure levels. Certain types of algae blooms can produce toxins called cyanotoxins, which can be harmful to humans and animals.

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West Nile numbers continue to increase

West Nile Virus cases continue to be reported to the Delta County Health Department. There have been eight confirmed human cases so far this season in Delta County.

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Opinion

Diane Mitsch Bush is the clear choice for 3CD

I am an unaffiliated voter and as such I was pleased to see an announcement in the DCI some weeks ago about an upcoming debate between the candidates for the 3rd Congressional District: Scott Tipton, incumbent; and Diane Mitsch Bush, his opponent. The debate was held Sept. 9 at the Hotchkiss High School.

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Don't just ban marijuana; ban alcohol, too

Scott Schaible leaves out an interesting sentence in the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) document that he references in his most recent letter to the editor.

Titled "What Parents Need to Know," the CSSRC fact sheet does indeed lay out some alarming facts about the dangers of underage marijuana consumption.

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It's time to replace Tipton

In the upcoming election for U.S. Congress, those of us on the Western Slope have the opportunity to replace Scott Tipton, who is one of Trump's yes-men, who doubts that climate change is caused by humans, and who has reliably voted for the interests of the oil and gas companies that finance his campaigns.

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There's a reason for North Fork disenfranchisement

Your front page article (9/17) reported the disenfranchisement expressed by North Fork residents at a recent meeting of the Delta County Commissioners. The comments by the commissioners themselves underscored that disenfranchisement.

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Think carefully about your DMEA vote

I attended one of DMEA's local meetings regarding the upcoming vote in October and have read all of the documents provided by DMEA at the meeting. DMEA's representatives spoke mostly about the positive aspects a "yes" vote would have on DMEA.

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Voters, beware of Prop. 112

Private property rights, good paying jobs, public education funding and our country's energy independence are under attack yet again all because out-of-state activists are using Colorado as their guinea pig once again. Proposition 112 (formerly known as Initiative 97) is a 2,500 foot (that's a half-mile) setback that will essentially ban oil and gas in our state -- exactly the goal of these activists.

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Which candidate will truly represent us?

On Sept. 9, the Crawford Area Indivisibles hosted what was hoped to be a debate between U.S. Congressional Candidate Diane Mitsch Bush and incumbent Scott Tipton. Crawford Area Indivisible believes citizens who are informed about candidates and issues are more likely to vote and, additionally, to vote with full knowledge of the political positions of the person for whom they are voting.

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You can protect your families with your vote

As a frequent vacation visitor to Delta County and the North Fork Valley who comes most years to camp, visit your towns and enjoy the fresh air, water and natural beauty of your area, I have a deep interest in the outcome of the BLM land auction issue.

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Sports

Bruins softball picks up big conference win
Bruins softball picks up big conference win

Bruins softball had a good showing last week with two fine wins and a loss to a very tough Delta squad. Cedaredge started the week on Monday, Sept. 17, by traveling to Basalt to take on a strong Longhorns team.

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Delta softball relies on team play to win big
Delta softball relies on team play to win big

The games came thick and fast for the women of Delta High School's varsity softball team last week. The Panthers had five games over four days beginning against Cedaredge on the evening of Sept. 18, followed by a double header of double headers, with two games against Aspen on Sept. 21 and another two games against Meeker on Sept. 22.

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Hotchkiss falls to Steamboat Springs
Hotchkiss falls to Steamboat Springs

Turnovers proved costly for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs as they traveled to Steamboat Springs Friday night. The loss puts them at 3-2 going into the big rivalry game against Paonia this Friday.

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Panthers fought elements, Tigers in eastern plains battle

Delta High School Football edged out a tough Bennett team on Friday, Sept. 21. The game was expected to be difficult, as the Tigers bumped the Paonia Eagles from the state playoffs last season.

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What's Happening

AARP offers drivers ed

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP Smart Driver program Monday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws.

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Del-Rose singers join sister chorus in Grand Junction

The Del-Rose Chorus has joined a sister chorus in Grand Junction to become Grand Mesa A Capella Chorus. This means double the sound, more music and great shows.

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Community

Births Sept. 26, 2018

Christopher Bloom and Bethany Bravo of Delta are the parents of a son, Brycen Douglas Bloom, born Sept. 16, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length.

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School Zone

DHS lights up Homecoming Week with bonfire, pep rally

An all-school pep rally was held Monday morning to build excitement for Homecoming activities that continue throughout this week.

The day was designated Meme Monday, followed by Clone Tuesday, Decades Day Wednesday, Character Day Thursday and Panther Pride Day Friday.

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Voya Financial honors Delta teacher with $2,000 grant
Voya Financial honors Delta teacher with $2,000 grant

Voya Financial, Inc., a leading provider of workplace retirement solutions, including savings plans for K-12 educators, announces that Ben Graves, a teacher at Delta High School, has received a $2,000 grant as part of the company's 2018 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition.

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Obituaries

Bill Lundberg
Bill Lundberg

William "Bill" Lundberg died Aug. 21, 2018, at the age of 85.

He was born in Denver to Alf and Vera (Edwards) Lundberg.

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Dwayne Shearer

Dwayne Ray "Snuffy" Shearer died Aug. 31, 2018, at his home in Utah. He was 77.

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Glenn M. Schlather
Glenn M. Schlather

Cedaredge resident Glenn M. Schlather passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 16, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73 years of age.

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June Latta
June Latta

June Marlene Latta of Cedaredge died Sept. 17, 2018, after battling Parkinson's disease. She was 82.

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Leonard Hinman
Leonard Hinman

Paonia resident Leonard Hinman died Sept. 17, 2018, in Paonia. He was 93.

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Louis J.
Louis J. "Bear" Helbert, Jr.

Cedaredge, Colo. resident, Louis "Bear" John Helbert, Jr., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo. He was 90 years of age.

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Loyce Anderson

Loyce Anderson died Sept. 20, 2018.

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta.

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Marguerite Wilson
Marguerite Wilson

Marguerite A. Wilson died Aug. 31, 2018, in Delta, at the age of 92.

She was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Morgan City, La., to Gaston and Bernice (Stephens) Ayo.

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Matthew Alire

Matthew John Alire of Olathe died Sept. 17, 2018, at his home. He was 53.

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Ray Kennedy

Lifetime North Fork Valley resident Ray Kennedy died suddenly Sept. 13, 2018, at a friend's home in Crawford. He was 40.

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Virgil Page

Longtime Delta resident Virgil Page died Sept. 17, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 91.

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Zachary Holland

Zachary Ward Holland, age 20, a resident of Willmar, Minn., former resident of Chillicothe, Mo., passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at CentreCare Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.

Zachary was born the son of Isaac and Leslie Clare (Flanagan) Holland on Oct. 22, 1997, in Jacksonville, Ala.

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North Fork

'Color-obsessed' Lightfoot is featured festival artist
'Color-obsessed' Lightfoot is featured festival artist

When the adult coloring craze took off in 2015 after the New York Times featured its first coloring book on the best-seller list, Spencer Mahaffey Lightfoot was ahead of the curve. "I joke that I figured out that adult coloring is therapeutic way before The New York Times," said the Paonia artist.

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All-Star Band jam honors Mike Gwinn
All-Star Band jam honors Mike Gwinn

The Harvest Festival All-Star Band will close out the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Sunday evening, Sept. 30.

The tradition of closing the festival with an all-star jam dates back to the first festival in 2001, said festival co-founder Rick Stockton.

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Energy entrepreneurs engage in Spark Tank with innovative ideas
Energy entrepreneurs engage in Spark Tank with innovative ideas

On Sept. 17 ENGAGE Delta County and DCED teamed up to present the first Spark Tank, a kickoff to the E2 conference on energy innovation. This event featured five startup pitches from Colorado companies working in the energy sector.

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Harvest of Voices kicks off Mountain Harvest Festival

A tradition that pre-dates the first Mountain Harvest Festival in 2001, the annual Harvest of Voices reading happens Saturday evening at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

A "grand buffet of tasty prose and poetry," the event is a joint effort by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and Delta County Libraries.

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Montessori students 'Celebrate the Beat'
Montessori students 'Celebrate the Beat'

North Fork Montessori @ Crawford grades 1-6 participated in Celebrate the Beat (CTB) three-week residency program. At the conclusion, kids performed for family and friends in the NFMC gym on Sept. 13. This year's theme was Mexico!

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Mountain Harvest Festival in 18th year of celebrating the North Fork's bounty

Born out of a CD release party and small street festival celebrating the bounty of the North Fork Valley, the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival opens this Thursday with the annual Paint Paonia painting contest, the "Harvest to Table Dinner" at the Living Farm Cafe, and the annual Harvest of Voices at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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NFA urges members to renew this fall

Each September, North Fork Ambulance has conducted an annual membership drive to ask residents and businesses to become members, but that will not take place this year. If you are a member, you will receive a renewal letter in the mail.

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North Fork voters asked to form ambulance district

The North Fork Ambulance finds itself at a crossroads. With only about a third of the residents actually supporting the ambulance service through membership, the organization's board views the funding situation as unsustainable.

This year NFA is asking voters in the North Fork to approve a ballot measure, 7E, to form a special taxing district to provide a steady and sustainable source of revenue through property tax.

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Reclamation issues Fire Mountain findings

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a final Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Fire Mountain Canal Salinity Reduction Piping Project located in Delta County. The project will replace approximately 3.67 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.

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Space to Create launches survey with downtown party

Space to Create Paonia is moving into its second research phase and is seeking public input via an online survey.

As part of the initiative to build low-cost housing and work space for the area's creative workforce, Space to Create (S2C), in partnership with Artspace, has created a short online survey on Paonia's creative market needs.

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Take the survey

Space to Create Paonia and Artspace are conducting an arts market survey. The survey will launch Thursday, Sept. 27, with a kickoff event in Poulos Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Surface Creek

4B's Brewery to close

John and Barbara Breitnauer, owners of 4B's Brewery in Cedaredge, announce that the brewery will close its doors on Sunday, Oct 8. John and Barb have operated the brewery for 3 1/2 years.

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Applefest volunteers are needed

The 41st annual Applefest is fast approaching and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help the giant event run smoothly. Those wishing to assist should contact the chamber as soon as possible by calling 970-596-6961 or sending an email to Cedaredgeareachamber@gmail.com.

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AWANA meets weekly at First Baptist Church of Cedaredge

AWANA in Cedaredge meets at the First Baptist Church, 370 W. Main Street every Wednesday evening from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, extends an invitation to a very exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and sixth grade.

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Cedar Mesa Club will be cookin' at car show

Once again this year the women of the Cedar Mesa Community Club will be serving up their popular breakfast burritos, baked goods, burgers and brats at the Pioneer Town Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 6, during Cedaredge's Applefest celebration.

The club ladies are famous for their delicious muffins, brownies, turnovers, cookies, pies, and breads, not to mention their breakfast burritos.

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Cedaredge trustees hear water concerns

Last week's regular meeting of the Town of Cedaredge board of trustees got off to a spirited start when constituent John Steighner -- a frequent critic of the board -- outlined a series of complaints. In his remarks, Steighner declared that he suspects the town of operating a "shell game" by imposing "excruciating" water rates on citizens, providing conflicting information regarding the percentage of water reserves needed to guard against future water shortages, making a monetary profit in the name of water conservation, and "killing the golf course" in the process.

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Changes made to CHS Homecoming schedule

It's Homecoming Week at Cedaredge High School, with dress-up days scheduled each day. There will also be lots of opportunities to cheer on the Bruins' varsity/junior varsity softball, volleyball and football teams.

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Clean-up day is Saturday

Cedaredge community clean-up day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29. Dumpsters will be available that day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive yard and household garbage.

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Fire station is site for five-alarm chili cook-off

Autumn is just around the corner, nights and mornings are growing colder -- which means it's a perfect time for another "Five Alarm Chili Cook-Off." The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the town's volunteer fire department to launch the firefighter's 17th annual fundraising event.

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Magic, music on tap for Arts Center

Beginning this Friday, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host a variety of performers in a series of entertaining autumn events. Tickets for all events can be obtained at Starr's Guitars, 250 West Main Street, Cedaredge, by calling 970 856-2331, online at www.starrsguitars.com, or at the GMAEC's new website: www.grandmesaartscenter.com

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Pondy Cancer Warriors reach fundraising goal
Pondy Cancer Warriors reach fundraising goal

This summer a host of volunteer cancer warriors worked with a downtown Cedaredge tavern to inspire their community to help six-year-old Quinten Christian in his battle with cancer. Guided by DJ and Barb Hladik, owners of The Pondy, the dedicated team raised over $14,500.

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World War II vet honored
World War II vet honored

To honor his military service, World War II veteran Art Lindsey of Cedaredge received an eagle-head cane last week. Lindsey served in the U.S. Army-Air Force from 1943-45 and obtained the rank of staff sergeant.

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