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Delta

AC Foundation continues the Delta Doves mission

The Delta Doves Organization for Breast Cancer has turned over its mission of providing breast imaging examination to the AC Foundation, its director, Cody Carlson, and founding member, Annie Carlson.

Delta Doves has been in existence for more than 18 years.

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Agreement helps forest agencies work across boundary lines

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) and Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) - a service and outreach agency of Colorado State University - have finalized an expanded federal-state partnership that will indefinitely enable and increase management efforts on federal lands. The Master Good Neighbor Agreement fosters a collaborative approach and leverages state resources to accomplish work across land ownership boundaries onto National Forest System lands.

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Cattlemen offer $5,000 reward

The Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Delta County Livestock Association are joining forces in search of the individual or individuals who have shot calves to death in the Black Mesa grazing allotment.

Since late September, three dead calves have been discovered, two with small caliber bullet holes and one shot by a large caliber rifle.

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Challenges to coal industry persist

The coal industry remains in a period of distress due to strict governmental regulations, oversupply in the global coal market, increased competition from natural gas, and low coal demand and prices, among other factors.

This management analysis has led Arch Coal to warn that a significant financial restructuring will be required for the publicly traded company to operate as a going concern over the long term.

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Commissioners ponder pay increase

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday discussed a pay raise proposal for county elected officials that could amount to 30 percent. But the board has not approved any increase.

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County workers earn recognition
County workers earn recognition

Ten county employees were recognized for their years of service to the county by the board of commissioners on Monday.

Receiving recognition for 10 years of service were the following:

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Cover crops build soil health
Cover crops build soil health

For five years, Ahlberg Farms has been disking under corn stalks and onion tops soon after harvest, then reseeding with a unique blend of seed mixes to produce a cover crop that provides forage for livestock and nourishes the soil.

The practice is one that has many benefits, according to the experts on the Uncompahgre Soil Health Team.

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Cynthia's dishes up a memorable dining experience
Cynthia's dishes up a memorable dining experience

Great food ... good friends ... unforgettable memories. That's the vision that forms the basis for Cynthia's, the restaurant operated by Deon and Anine Appelgryn.

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Drawing held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DCMH patients who had a mammogram during October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- were entered into a drawing for two gift baskets. Winners were Judi Tapey for first place and Lori Atchley for second place, both of Delta.

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Fallen airman remembered
Fallen airman remembered

At the Delta County Museum, a World War II exhibit showcases activities on the home front to support the war effort. There's also a memorial for William "Billy" Bellmire, the Delta pilot who was killed in a training exercise at Deland Naval Air Station in Florida.

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Family, friends find strength with Al-Anon

More than 8,500 Al-Anon members recently took part in a membership survey to share how participation in Al-Anon meetings has improved the quality of their lives. As part of the survey, respondents were given the opportunity to provide comments about the benefits they have experienced as a member of Al-Anon.

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Imogene Pass Run commits $60,000 to communities

The Imogene Pass Run board of directors held its annual meeting on Oct. 28 to discuss the status of the iconic race, now in its 42nd year.

On Sept. 12, 1,277 runners completed the 17.1-mile run from Ouray to Telluride.

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Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair
Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair

Dr. Sam Kevan has an impeccable reputation as the dedicated committee chair for continuing medical education (CME) for some 28 years at Delta County Memorial Hospital, and as an experienced family practice and emergency department physician for well over 30 years.

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Law enforcement blotter November 18, 2015

Jose B. Suazo, 41, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disobeyed a red signal light after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Stafford Lane. One driver was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital by the Delta County Ambulance District with unknown injuries.

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Meet Lea Hart, interim Delta County Libraries director
Meet Lea Hart, interim Delta County Libraries director

Clearly, Lea Hart knows libraries. Her resume reflects years of interesting library jobs and incredible experience, from working in the special library of the mining company, AMAX Extractive Research and Development, Inc., to serving as a librarian for the organization that built the Hubble space satellite, Ball Aerospace in Boulder.

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Overprescribing lands docs in prison

Dr. Sam Jahani, 52, faces up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a single charge of conspiracy (controlled substance violations, health care fraud violations and/or money laundering violations).

Jahani was initially charged with multiple, individual counts of those numerous violations, and was accused of causing the deaths of three patients through the practice of overprescribing.

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Return FSA county committee ballots by Dec. 7

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, to ensure that their vote is counted.

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Road work planned

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have contracted for work to occur on the Lands' End Road from the forest boundary for 9.3 miles, up to the boulder fields. The work will improve the sight distance and reduce brushy vegetation for 20 feet on each side.

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Opinion

Tough oil/gas regulations serve joint interests
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Veterans deserve more than lip service

Truly responsible individuals (most actually consider themselves as such) who incur obligations should be not only willing, but should feel themselves obligated to face up to them. That is true of everything, even that which they incurred to those who served in the military.

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We all bleed red

With all the racial hate and controversy going on in this country, I felt this might be a good time to share some thoughts that came to me which I titled "The Earthly Play":

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Sports

Bruin seniors go out winners at state VB
Bruin seniors go out winners at state VB

The outstanding group of seniors on the Cedaredge High School girls' volleyball team finished with a victory.

Cedaredge beat Kiowa on the second day of the state volleyball championship tournament at the Denver Coliseum last weekend in four sets 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 and sent the Bruin seniors out as winners.

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Delta caps fantastic VB year with win in tourney
Delta caps fantastic VB year with win in tourney

The Delta High School girls' volleyball team finished a strong season and showed that there's more to come from this talented group of Panthers.

On the second day of action at the Denver Coliseum, Delta beat a tough Silver Creek team in four sets 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19 and finished the Panthers' first trip to the state championship tournament in style.

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Delta County's net teams represented well

Like many of the athletes from the Delta and Cedaredge High School volleyball teams, I attended this past weekend's state championship tournament for the first time.

The spectacle at the Denver Coliseum was truly impressive.

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Eagles to semis with 47-7 win
Eagles to semis with 47-7 win

Saturday's convincing 47-7 win over Burlington puts the two-time defending state champion Paonia Eagles in the semifinal game at Loveland next Saturday, where they will face the team they defeated to win last year's title.

Saturday's game against the sixth-seeded Cougars wasn't predicted to be a runaway.

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Henderson to state VB

Cedaredge's standout volleyball player Kenzie Henderson was selected to play in this weekend's All-State Games at Aurora High School.

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Multi-sport star Van Vleet signs track letter
Multi-sport star Van Vleet signs track letter

Three-time state champion Ashley Van Vleet signed a Letter of Intent to run track at Idaho State University last Thursday in the commons at Paonia High School.

Also a standout volleyball and basketball player, Van Vleet went with her heart and decided to compete in track at the next level.

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Paonia in semis; best effort in four trips
Paonia in semis; best effort in four trips

The Paonia High School girls' volleyball team posted two wins at the state championship tournament last weekend and reached the 2A semifinals for the first time.

While the Eagles fell in three sets to powerful Resurrection Christian, Paonia completed its fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament by going further than any of the previous Eagles teams that made it to the Denver Coliseum.

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School Zone

Delta High School students explore health careers
Delta High School students explore health careers

Five members of a health occupations organization from Delta High School attended a fall leadership conference in Denver last weekend. They sat in on sessions to develop leadership skills, explored competitive events, learned about professionalism and discussed fundraising opportunities for the national HOSA charity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Speech is off to a strong start

The Delta High School speech and debate team did extremely well in Paonia on Nov. 7. Senior Rodolfo Contreras and freshman Claire Corbasson took first place in duo interpretation.

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Students invited to compete in logo contest

Submissions by Olathe and Delta County area students for a contest to design a logo for The Nature Connection are now being accepted. The Nature Connection is a newly-created hub for outdoor education for Delta County and Olathe.

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Test scores to be released in December

State-level results are back from the first administration of Colorado's new tests in English language arts and math. The tests were administered last spring, and were submitted electronically with the intention of providing schools and parents with timely feedback.

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Obituaries

Billy Varner
Billy Varner

Billy Gene Varner of Hotchkiss died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. He was 88.

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Carol Herman

Olathe resident Carol A. Herman died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at Colorow Care Center. She was 86.

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David Fabula
David Fabula

Deacon David C. Fabula died at his home Nov. 12, 2015, a few days before his 61st birthday. He suffered a serious stroke in the spring of 2015.

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Dixie Dickson
Dixie Dickson

Delta resident Dixie Dickson died Nov. 14, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 90.

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Elouise Ann Fender

Elouise Fender passed away at home on Nov. 5, 2015.

She was born to George and Charlotte Hammerich on March 3, 1930, in Glenwood Springs.

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Josephina Gallegos
Josephina Gallegos

Josephina Gallegos died Nov. 15, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 66.

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Karen Todd

Karen Marie Todd died Nov. 9, 2015, at her home on Cottonwood Creek Road in Crawford after a three-year battle with brain cancer. She was 50.

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North Fork

It is never dull when municipal court is in session
It is never dull when municipal court is in session

Of the five cases that came before Paonia Municipal Court Judge Bradley Kolman on Nov. 12, two of the defendants were no-shows. One had a good excuse: he was in jail on a town warrant after an earlier failure to appear on shoplifting charges.

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Paonia changes course on water rate increases

After considering public comments regarding proposed hefty increases in water rates at a Nov. 5 special meeting on water, sewer and trash ordinances, the Town of Paonia announced at a Nov. 10 special meeting that the proposed change to the water ordinance will now reflect a $6 across-the-board rate increase.

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Paonia will sell surplus equipment

The Town of Paonia is planning to sell off surplus property in December. Items include cars, trucks, SUVs, equipment, bicycles, two-way radios, various computers, electronics equipment, and other miscellaneous items.

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PHS grad competes on college meat judging team
PHS grad competes on college meat judging team

Abby Campbell, a junior agriculture business and economics major at West Texas A&M University, recently participated in the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held Nov. 10 in Friona, Texas. Campbell is a 2012 graduate of Paonia High School.

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Quilts donated to local vets
Quilts donated to local vets

Members of the S&B Quilters' Guild continued their tradition of presenting quilts to veterans by giving out more than 25 quilts to local veterans during their Nov. 14 meeting. A short program honoring veterans included a singing of "God Bless America."

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Raise okayed for Hotchkiss judge

Judge Lynn French, who presides over Hotchkiss Municipal Court the second Thursday of each month, received a raise in pay from $250 per month to $400. French has presided over the court for more than 35 years.

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Three named to zoning board

At the Nov. 10 regular meeting, trustees appointed Alexis Halbert, Dave Knutson and James C. Normandin to Paonia's zoning board of adjustment, leaving one seat vacant. The appointments mean that the board will now have a quorum and the ability to address variance requests.

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Trustees, students share seat at the table
Trustees, students share seat at the table

Walter Elias Disney said that "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."

Maybe that was the thinking a few years back when members of the Hotchkiss town council and Hotchkiss High School student government began holding joint meetings on a semi-annual basis.

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Veterans Day observed in Paonia
Veterans Day observed in Paonia

The six Paonia High School students who shared lunch with Vietnam veteran Joe Kaputa on Veterans Day paid close attention as the former Marine told of how he enlisted, his tours, and about spending time on the island of Okinawa. Much like the USO, said Kaputa, Okinawa was a place where members of the military could go and relax.

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Surface Creek

'Rust Bucket' earns gold in wine challenge
'Rust Bucket' earns gold in wine challenge

A local wine made by Dan Williams of Williams Cellars in Cedaredge has won the gold award in the 2015 World Value Wine Challenge.

The honor has come to Williams Cellars' 2013 vintage "Rust Bucket," a red wine made from a locally grown grape -- the tempranillo, a black variety that originates from Iberian Peninsula.

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Chamber gearing up for holidays

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up quickly for what it plans will be the best Surface Creek Valley business holiday season ever, and new year.

Following the largest AppleFest to date, acting chairman of the chamber Bill Miller says he intends to keep the momentum rapidly moving in a most exciting, positive and fun-filled direction.

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Council endorses gravel haul route

The Orchard City trustees have agreed to send a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation, endorsing the county's plans for a gravel truck haul route that eventually will run from the North Road pit to Highway 65 at Eckert.

The county is being required by CDOT to apply for an access permit for its 18-wheel, belly-dump, semi-tractor trailer gravel trucks to use the North Road-SH65 intersection as the primary haul route.

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Food bank seeks help to provide meal gift boxes

The Surface Creek Community Services food bank is hoping again this year that local residents, businesses and organizations will be able to contribute to the Christmas Gift Box campaign.

In a letter to community sponsors of the project, the SCCS board noted, "It is time for us to ask the community's support for the Surface Creek Community Services food bank annual Christmas Gift Box project."

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Local letter carrier earns top state honor
Local letter carrier earns top state honor

Patty Arnold, a letter carrier who works out of the Cedaredge Post Office, has been presented with a statewide award from the letter carriers' union -- the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

The annual Outstanding Member of the Year honor for top-notch work with colleagues and customers is given to only one of the union's members every year in each state, and in Puerto Rico.

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Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015

Another "nothing" bush. But it's been a favorite of mine for years. We planted some right by the entrance to our yard a few years ago -- and found that I'm allergic to it!

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Sewer plant is halfway built
Sewer plant is halfway built

Work crews with Moltz Construction of Salida had reached the halfway mark last week building Cedaredge's new mechanical sewer treatment plant.

Project administrators and town officials say that the new mechanical plant will be completed and running online by next July.

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Weather causes power outages

Scattered outages began affecting members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) as winter weather rolled through the co-op's service territory late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The weather system dumped heavy, wet snow onto trees, many of which had not yet lost their leaves, snapping tree limbs which fell into DMEA's power lines.

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What's bugging you? November 18, 2015

Winter appears to be settling in on us as average daily temperatures are decreasing and the first snows have fallen. But before we forget the beautiful fall color display of autumn leaves we so enjoyed leading up to this winter, wouldn't you like to know why and how leaves change color?

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