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City awards bids for street, drainage projects

The Delta City Council awarded two bids totaling nearly $600,000 for street projects in the city.

The West 1st and North Palmer improvement project was designed in 2017 by Austin Civil Group as a solution to ongoing issues with drainage and subsequent roadway deterioration at the major intersection.

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Teacher salaries, benefits analyzed

With the focus on teacher salaries in Colorado and a nine-day, statewide teacher strike in Oklahoma, Delta County Joint School District #50 recently conducted a salary analysis. Results, reported at a school board work session last week, indicate beginning teacher salaries are "light," but the longer teachers stay in the district, the higher their earning power by comparison.

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School district provides computers for all middle, high school students

Using one-time state funds provided to rural schools, Delta County Joint School District #50 has augmented its supply of Chromebooks. The school district now owns 2,935 Chromebooks, one for every student in grade 6-12.

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Four new trustees, mayor seated in Hotchkiss

The bids for replacement of the Barrow Mesa water tank were awarded to two firms at the April 12 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council.

Earlier this spring, the council rejected the only bid submitted for the project.

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Clay, Carlson win city council seats

At the conclusion of his final meeting as a member of the Delta City Council, Bill Raley said it's time for the younger residents of the city to step into leadership roles. Those two young leaders are apparently city council candidates Nathan Clay and Kevin Carlson.

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Meet-and-greet planned for hospital board candidates

Delta County Memorial Hospital is hosting a meet-and-greet for hospital board candidates Monday, April 16. The public is invited to attend this event in the Grand Mesa Oncology Center from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the regular board meeting.

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No suspects identified in threats at Cedaredge Middle

On Monday, district superintendent Caryn Gibson said no suspects have been identified as making the threats at Cedaredge Middle School last week. Law enforcement, district leadership and school administrators have all been working on the case, she added.

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National Crime Victims' Week observed

In observance of National Crime Victims' Week, April 8-14, Chief Luke Fedler and victim services coordinator Becki Havens provided an overview of victim services offered by the Delta Police Department. They spoke at the April 3 city council meeting.

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Volunteers needed for sheep camp dog trials

Gordon Hebenstreit loves watching good stock dogs work. He also enjoys working with his own border collies, but he's happy leaving them at home and just being a spectator at the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.

Actually he's grown into much more than a spectator -- he and his wife Cheryl now assist founder Richard Bailey with the competition.

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A community gathering place

A community gathering place

Leadership, vision and courage -- that's what it took to elevate discussions about the replacement of Delta's aging swimming pool into the full-featured recreation center that opened 25 years ago, on March 27, 1993.

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Teachers, principals get high marks

Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.

A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.

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Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

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Inspired by natural materials

Inspired by natural materials

Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.

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Performing pooches

Performing pooches

Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.

But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.

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Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

In the closing days of 1999, fears of Y2K mounted. Doomsayers warned that when the date turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, a programming bug would shut down computers across the globe.

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Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words

Middle school can have a profound impact on young lives. As a teacher at Delta Middle School, Bret Hamilton has not only seen how adolescent lives are shaped by their experiences in and out of the classroom, he also recognizes the impact middle school had on his own life.

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Crazy for Corvettes

Crazy for Corvettes

Not long after the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, one of the original models was totaled in a single-car accident near Ron Austin's childhood home in Redding, Calif. The accident drew a crowd of curious neighbors, none of whom knew what a Corvette was at the time.

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A touch of elegance

A touch of elegance

Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.

She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.

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Forged in steel

Forged in steel

A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.

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In a class by herself

In a class by herself

Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.

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Quilts as art

Quilts as art

Every quilt is one-of-a-kind, snippets of colors and pattern layered together to create stunning table runners, wall hangings and bed covers. The process often begins with a pattern or even a kit, with precut fabric swatches in complementary colors.

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Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.

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Pine needle artistry

Pine needle artistry

A craft show on HGTV inspired Ruth Ann Hake to try her hand at pine needle basketry.

"I was just fascinated," Ruth Ann said, "so I bought a couple of books and that's really been my only instruction."

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Cake Wars Winner!

Cake Wars Winner!

V ictory is sweet for Melissa Zunich, the winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars.

Zunich, the owner of Sweet Cheeks Cakery in Delta, teamed up with a cousin to design an entry that won the judges over with its impressive details and "wonderful" hand painting.

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A wonder to behold

A wonder to behold

An entire room is dedicated to Lois Helgeland's incredible Victorian village, but that's just the beginning ... there are delightful discoveries to be found throughout her house at Christmastime.

To say Christmas is Lois' favorite holiday is clearly an understatement.

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Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.

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Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Like the Shakers, Tim and Lyn Hinz express their faith through their craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the excellence of their work was a form of worship; their furniture and crafts came to be known as "religion in wood."

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The Binky Patrol: Hugs from the heart

The Binky Patrol:    Hugs from the heart

Hugs for kids. That's how Connie Harris and Terri Brubaker describe the blankets they make through the Binky Patrol, a nationwide effort to reach out to needy kids with a comforting handmade blanket, or "binky."

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Artistic expressions

Artistic expressions

Sandra Williamson is a talented artist who expresses her creativity in a variety of ways, but none is more unique than her vinegar painted furniture and accessories.

The technique dates to the Industrial Revolution, she explains.

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