Kathleen "Kathy" Lemon died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 62.
Alexander "Alex" Mehder of Delta died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.
Delta resident Katherine "Katie" Hollenbeck died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at her mother's home in Delta. She was 44.
Twila Wingard of Delta died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 31.
Harold Edmund Fender died Dec. 15, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 89.
Hotchkiss resident Francis "Frank" Newcomb died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
Delta resident Patsy Lee Hice-Weber died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at her home. She was 80.
Francis Laonia Conrad died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 88.
Craig Cerise's Panthers have been working hard on the basketball court and last week's efforts, along with the prior week's play, are beginning to show some dividends.
After a 2-3 beginning over the past two weeks, the Panthers have put together a good stretch of games that includes three wins and a loss.
Delta began its basketball year with three wins before a 61-48 loss to Palisade on Dec. 11 squashed the Panthers' win streak. A loss to a good Basalt team on Dec. 12 provided a wake-up call for the Panthers.
The Cedaredge Bruins had several athletes advance past first-round bouts at last week's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Leading the way was the fifth-place finish by 195-pounder Tré LaBossiere.
Delta's Panthers landed three athletes in the top five at last weekend's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Delta's top placer was Kory Mills at 170 with a second-place finish to Meeker's T.J.
The basketball teams at Hotchkiss High School will get some needed time off during the Christmas break as the Bulldogs hoopsters are off to a 1-6 start.
Both Hotchkiss teams are led by new coaches.
The basketball teams at Paonia High School enter the Christmas break ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and are posting some big numbers.
The Paonia boys started the season with six straight wins before falling at Grand Valley.
The wrestling teams from Paonia and Hotchkiss went to the Warrior Classic last weekend and got a look at some of the best competition in the state before they retired to rest during the Christmas break.
The Warrior is considered one of the top tournaments of the season and this year featured 38 teams at Central High School in Grand Junction.
It's been an up and down season so far for Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team. The Bruins find themselves near the middle of league standings with a 3-3 record heading into winter break.
The Town of Hotchkiss passed a balanced budget for 2016 and related ordinances at the Dec. 10 public meeting.
Last-minute changes to the budget included an inter-fund transfer of $459,516 from Water Fund Expenses to the Sanitation Fund to cover debt services.
North Fork municipalities have announced this week's holiday schedules.
Hotchkiss Town Hall will close its doors at noon Thursday, and remain closed for Christmas day.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant through the Art Works category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. Elsewhere Studios received one of 22 grants awarded in Colorado.
The Town of Paonia has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, to authorize final payment of bills related to this year's water system upgrades projects.
In addition, the town will consider renewal of its contract with the U.S. Geological Survey for operations of the flow gauge monitoring of the North Fork of the Gunnison River.
Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray will be the first recipient of a donation from the Town of Hotchkiss after council voted unanimously to give the organization a $250 donation for 2016 at the Dec. 10 council meeting. The town has donated to Partners in the past, with the last donation being made in 2012.
Some of the bills Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan is considering for 2016 could provide benefits to Delta County and the other District 5 counties she represents.
Donovan spoke Friday night at a meet-and-greet at Paonia Town Hall and gave a rundown of bills she plans as the General Assembly prepares to open session in January.
'Tis the season to give, and for the last eight holiday seasons the Town of Hotchkiss and the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office have demonstrated the spirit of giving by providing the gifts to the area's children and their families through the Secret Santa Program.
Last week, local families in need received a bag packed full of gifts including food, clothing, outerwear, blankets, toys and gift cards.
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