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Delta

2,052 served at 4-H Beef Roast

Delta County 4-H'ers served approximately 2,052 dinners at their 66th annual 4-H Beef Roast, Sunday, March 6. The once-a-year 4-H fundraising activity served 1,042 meals at Hotchkiss High and 1,010 at Delta Middle School.

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Abraham Connection reports record numbers

A record number of bed nights have been reported at Abraham Connection, the homeless shelter that opened a permanent shelter at 5th and Silver last fall.

Board president Cheryl Oeltjenbruns and board member Kami Collins provided the update to Delta City Council members last week.

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Adult scholarship available

A $500 scholarship is being offered by the Delta County Republican Women to a highly motivated adult resident of Delta County. This scholarship may be used to continue your education, or to assist with career testing and licensing needs.

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Application assistance clinics are available

Region 10, Senior Community Care PACE and SHIP Medicare counselors are hosting free clinics to assist seniors or persons with a disability fill out applications to apply for benefits.

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Art at the Delta Senior Center

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by W. Richard "Dick" Doherty in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street. Doherty is a well-known artist and teacher who has played an important role in the development of the arts in this area.

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Call for photographers

Black Canyon Camera Club is hosting "Color Me Ansel," a western Colorado photography show and sale to be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta May 11-14.

This show will celebrate the classic landscape photography of Ansel Adams and other masters of photography.

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Church spearheads coordinated approach to Latino community

Delta United Methodist Church recently hosted a "community conversation" in an effort to bring understanding and unity to a county that includes a large Latino population. The conversation was facilitated by Rev. Cesar Duran, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

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Crimestoppers March 9, 2016

The Cedaredge Police Department is seeking information on a car that has been stolen twice. The 1996 silver Subaru Legacy, license #790ULZ, was stolen Feb. 15 and recovered a short time later.

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Devil's Thumb is #2

The magazine "Colorado Avid Golfer" recently conducted an online survey to determine the recipients of its annual CAGGY awards for the Best of Colorado Golf. A record 3,862 online votes were cast, and for Best Western Slope Course, Devil's Thumb Golf Club came in second, behind The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.

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Dick Doherty's works presented to the county
Dick Doherty's works presented to the county

The citizens of Delta County have been presented with two artistic gifts -- landscape paintings that depict the remarkable Western Slope area.

They are oil paintings by Dick Doherty, a well-known artist and muralist who has also contributed his talents to the City of Delta murals program.

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DMEA announces Phase I of fiber-to-the-premises project

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will kick off its much anticipated fiber-to-the-premise business this month. The first three areas set to receive quality high-speed Internet services through DMEA are south Montrose, Paonia and Orchard City.

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GED options expanded across the state
GED options expanded across the state

Libraries fundamentally support reading and education; it is not a great stretch to see how adult education and English as a Second Language classes fit into the mission of Delta County Libraries. The library district has been offering classes for all levels around the county for years, weathering changes and shifting services to meet the needs of the community.

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Law enforcement blotter March 9, 2016

Jennifer M. Barnett, 21, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged harassment.

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Opinion

A shout out to DMEA's board of directors

I want to give a big shout out to the board of directors of Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and their staff for moving forward rapidly with the fiber-to-premise broadband Internet service. As a resident of Orchard City I am particularly elated that we will be able to sign up in May for this world-class service.

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Coal miners represent the best of America

First I'd like to express my deep sadness at the recent news of the idling of the Bowie #2 Mine. Secondly, Deb and I would like to give our best wishes to the affected miners and their families.

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Delighted to see DMEA stepping up

I am ecstatic that DMEA is ready to install fiber optic broadband! This has been a long-held dream of mine while I was on the DMEA board.

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Good neighbors: The icing on the cake

Without getting too mushy, I really do want to thank a special neighbor for his willingness to immediately help us with a very sad situation. We lost Freckles, our granddaughter's horse today, and it was unexpected.

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Letter illustrates our country's divisiveness

I was rather alarmed while reading Mr. Laitres' letter a couple of weeks ago to learn that I was such a horrible person, self-centered and egotistical. Actually, the reason I registered as an independent quite a few years ago was that I was totally fed up with the shenanigans of both of our major political parties.

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Marijuana would provide an economic boost

This letter is an attempt to convince the voters of my little town, Hotchkiss, to allow legal, commercial marijuana businesses to locate within the town. To set aside their moral objections and fears and consider what is best for everyone, something I have tried to always do in my 12 years on the Hotchkiss Town Council.

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Sports

Bulldog boys ousted in 2A
Bulldog boys ousted in 2A

The basketball season for Hotchkiss' boys' team has drawn to a close following last weekend's competition in Region 3 play. The Bulldogs were the Region 3 Pool 1 number eight seed entering tournament play.

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Delta hoops teams honored

The 2015-16 4A WSL all conference selections include a pair of Delta High School boys. Honored as a First Team selection was sophomore Jaspar Carmichael. Honorable Mention went to senior Jonny Ponce.

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Hoops over for CHS boys
Hoops over for CHS boys

Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in last weekend's Region 3 tournament in Rifle. The Bruins played District 7's Alexander Dawson High School in a first-round matchup.

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What's Happening

'Rabbit Hole' opens this weekend
'Rabbit Hole' opens this weekend

The drama "Rabbit Hole" at Magic Circle Theatre presents a broken-hearted family trying to learn to live beyond a life-shattering automobile accident that took the life of an only child.

Directed by Dave Olson and assistant director Stasia Allyn, the actors use bitingly humorous dialogue (including adult contemporary language) as they portray a New York family trying desperately to restore the shreds of their once-happy life.

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Community

Births March 9, 2016

Mitch Jones and Callie Comerer of Delta are the parents of a son, Brayton Mitchell Jones, born Feb. 3, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches in length.

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School Zone

Vaccination exemption regs to change this year

Beginning in July, parents/guardians exempting their children from school-required vaccines for non-medical (religious and personal belief) reasons will need to submit documentation more frequently.

The latest Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regulations require new documentation at the following ages:

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Obituaries

 Linda Bledsoe
Linda Bledsoe

Linda Kay Bledsoe of Cedaredge died Feb. 29, 2016. She was 61.

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Ann Perkins
Ann Perkins

Delta resident Shirley Annette "Ann" Perkins died Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Delta. She was 76.

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Bill Fletcher
Bill Fletcher

Olathe resident William "Bill" Fletcher died Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 85.

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Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Brian Smith of Montrose died Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was 42.

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Dallas Buffum
Dallas Buffum

Dallas Buffum died from heart disease Friday, March 4, 2016, in Grand Junction. He had survived a stroke in 2011. He was 76.

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Horst Kalin

Crawford resident Horst Wolfgang Kalin died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. He was 81.

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Mike Price
Mike Price

David Michael "Mike" Price died of pancreatic cancer Thursday, March 3, 2016, at his home in Eckert. He was 68.

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Robert Pobirk
Robert Pobirk

Longtime Crawford resident Robert Anton Pobirk died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at his home. He was 77.

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North Fork

Bee Yard Gardens property purchased

Crawford trustees voted at the March 2 regular session to approve multi-use designation for an existing water and sewer tap at the property formerly known as Bee Yard Gardens. The town will also allow the new owners to move the existing tap to a different location on the property.

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Caucus turnout 'staggering'
Caucus turnout 'staggering'

On March 1, Bernie Sanders was the choice among caucus voters in Crawford, Paonia and Hotchkiss, garnering 24 delegates compared to six for Hillary Clinton.

Anne Every, caucus coordinator for Delta County since 2010, said turnout numbers in Paonia precincts 18, 19 and 20 were "staggering."

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Class of 1975 supports Flight of the Eagle at PHS
Photo submitted Nancy Carlson and Cheryl Ridgway present a $250 donation to the PHS Flight of the Eagle project, represented by Chelsea Meilner in the photo above.
Class of 1975 supports Flight of the Eagle at PHS

The Paonia High School Class of 1975 met in June 2015 for its 40th class reunion. Twenty-three members of the class met for a picnic and then activities on Cherry Day.

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Meet the Paonia candidates at March 10 forum
Meet the Paonia candidates at March 10 forum

The Paonia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a municipal election forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Paonia Town Hall, 214 Grand Avenue. The forum will consist of an hour-long, moderator-led question and answer session.

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Newest district school is looking to expand
Newest district school is looking to expand

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies is nearing the end of its first year of operation. A public school within a school at Paonia Elementary School, in its maiden year NFSIS attracted 21 students from kindergarten through fourth grade, said PES/NFSIS principal Sam Cox.

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Parade Band seeks musicians

The North Fork Valley Community Stage and Parade Band is looking for members. Co-directed by David Alderdice and Jeannette Carey, the band is designed for students of music of all ages who have access to an instrument and skills to play at least at a beginner level.

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Vendors, entertainers sought for summer festival

The Farm to Fiddle summer festival, presented by Outdoors Alive Inc., in Hotchkiss is looking for vendors.

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Surface Creek

Barnelopet gets youth outdoors
Barnelopet gets youth outdoors

With the clanging sounds coming from a cacophony of cowbells, young ski enthusiasts from the age of three years and up were off on a circuit of fun, fitness, family and athletic skills development around the cross-country ski race loops at Skyway last Saturday.

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Metamoocil Boys' reunion tops week's activities
Metamoocil Boys' reunion tops week's activities

A musical reunion and benefit concert headlined the bill of community events last week in the Surface Creek Valley.

The Metamoocil Mountain Boys brought their distinctive style of easy-listening and toe-tapping music to a fundraising concert to benefit the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Shelter building project.

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Plant & Dig hosts monthly programs

The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its monthly meeting on Feb. 19. There was a full house with husbands and partners also present for a most informative program given by Austin Keiser, president of the Water Conservancy District, on water issues in the Surface Creek Valley.

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Scholastic shooting program launched
Scholastic shooting program launched

Working with Peter Grimson of Cedaredge High School, the Delta Trap Club is developing a scholastic clay target shooting program for youth in the area.

Delta Trap Club has agreed to provide its facility to this group for educational, practice and competition events. Club members are excited to bring the program to this area.

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