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VFW, Scouts retire flags

Saturday, Sept. 26, members of VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary honorably retired 50 U.S. flags at Fort Uncompahgre. Post commander David Rowland and Auxiliary president Jennifer Wright explained the process of flag retirement...

Democrats look at rural initiative

The Delta County Democratic Party announced recently that it is considering forming a chapter of the Colorado Rural Initiative (CRI). The chapter would be one of the first for the newly-formed initiative, said chairman Dick B...

Field trip offers kids a wilderness experience

"It couldn't have happened on a nicer day," said Paul Kimpling, the U.S. Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps leader with the Paonia Ranger District, while dozens of North Fork area fourth-grade students explored the Lost ...

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Deputies hailed for rescue from submerged vehicle  78 views

Deputies hailed for rescue from submerged vehicle

On Sept. 21, Delta County Sheriff's Office Deputies Daniel Abeyta, Kevin Ray and Travis Lackey responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2100 block of State Highway 348. The accident was reported to dispatch by Larry Proctor, who was passing by and saw the vehicle in the ditch.

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Former DPD chief received $50,000 severance payment  64 views

After written Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests, the City of Delta has disclosed Robert Thomas received a $50,000 severance payment upon his retirement as police chief.

The city initially refused to disclose that information, citing "personnel" issues, but city attorney David McConaughy agreed the payment is public information.

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Another round of layoffs hits mines  61 views

The announcement of layoffs at Bowie Mine #2 on Sept. 29 by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bowie Resources LLC (BRP), is expected to have lasting negative impacts on Delta County's economy.

BRP will lay off 78 full-time positions and eliminate 19 contractors as part of its efforts to scale back production of its Bowie #2 mine at Somerset "as a result of idling its longwall while it develops a new longwall panel and continues to evaluate the market for Bowie #2 coal," according to a press release. Development of the new longwall panel is expected to take 12 months.

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Hotchkiss trustee recalls mine layoff for the 1980s  48 views

The North Fork area has a rich history of coal mining. Unfortunately, mining is a boom-and-bust industry that includes a long history of layoffs.

James Roberts knows what it's like to lose a good-paying mining job.

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Law enforcement blotter October 7, 2015  44 views

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Harlin D. Watkins, 23, of Delta for alleged menacing. He was later arrested in Montrose.

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North Fork

Creamery holding after-school classes

After announcing last July that the iconic Creamer Arts Center in Hotchkiss would close its doors in August and end classes due to a lack of funding, a lot of calls came in regarding after-school classes, said program administrator Gail Smith. "So many parents were really upset.

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