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Delta

Art at the Delta Senior Center
Art at the Delta Senior Center

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display the photographic works of art by Celia Roberts in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.

"Photography, to me, is a wonderful means of capturing a certain light that speaks to the heart as well as the eye," Roberts said.

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Ballots are in the mail

Ballots for the November election were mailed Monday, the Delta County clerk and recorder's office reports. Ballots can be returned by mail or placed in the 24-hour drop box at the North Fork Annex in Hotchkiss or in front of the Delta County Courthouse in Delta.

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Commissioner candidates outline their positions

Three candidates are hoping to bring an end to the Republican-dominated Delta County Board of County Commissioners. Two are Democrats who call themselves men of ideas; the third is an independent candidate who says he's frustrated by the "status quo."

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Counters tally truck route traffic

Traffic counters on Confluence Drive -- the city's alternate truck route -- have been tallying how many vehicles are using that route. At a recent city council meeting, utilities/public works director Steve Glammeyer said the traffic counters are spaced in a way that also indicates the type of vehicles on the roadway.

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County employees recognized for service
County employees recognized for service

The county commissioners on Monday recognized 12 employees for their employment service to local government, from 10 to 30 years.

Recognized for 30 years of service to the county was Barbara Pierce, recently retired from a clerk's position in the treasurer's office.

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DMEA proposes 2017 rate increase

In January 2017, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is set to receive a 4.3 percent increase in wholesale power costs from Tri-State Generation and Transmission. This increase, coupled with the need to accurately recover the cooperative's fixed costs, has resulted in the need to increase electric rates in the new year.

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Donor offers matching grant for case management for homeless

An anonymous donor has offered to give $1,000 to the Abraham Connection homeless shelter if a match can be leveraged by Nov. 15. The board of directors and the donor have agreed that these funds will be earmarked for case management services.

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Families Plus celebrates 18 years
Families Plus celebrates 18 years

On Oct. 9, 1998, a brand new way of helping children in challenging circumstances sprouted up in Delta County. The program was designed for underserved and vulnerable children of Delta County and started off modestly providing professional mental health care providers and mentors to only a handful of children.

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Get with the program at Delta County Libraries
Get with the program at Delta County Libraries

Storytimes. Book clubs. Summer Reading. Internet 101. Scavenger hunts. Maker Spaces. Book signings. Craft groups. All of these and many more program like them have been part of the programming at Delta County Libraries in recent years.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 19, 2016

Kathy L. Waugh, 57, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4th and Main streets. No serious injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Libertarians outline positions on ballot measures

The Libertarian Party of Delta County, as an affiliate group of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and the national organization, is presenting the following stances and endorsements of the various ballot measures that Coloradans will vote on this year.

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Preliminary budget released Monday

Release Monday of the county's preliminary budget for 2017 shows projected general fund spending of $11.1 million, up from $10.6 million estimated for 2016. The 2017 general fund amount includes $3.9 million from property tax receipts.

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Sheriff's office employee receives CBI recognition
Sheriff's office employee receives CBI recognition

The Delta County Sheriff's Office has received recognition from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for outstanding work in the handling of crime statistics data.

Theresa Garcia, the sheriff's office technician who handles records for the CBI database, was singled out by CBI for the honor.

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Tayshen sponsors food drive

Tayshen Automotive is conducting a food drive to benefit Delta Food Pantry and the Abraham Connection homeless shelter. For every non-perishable food item you bring in, get $1 off any service.

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VFW post retires flags
VFW post retires flags

Saturday, Sept. 24, members of VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary honorably retired 50 U.S. flags at Fort Uncompahgre. Post commander Corky Ware and Auxiliary president Jennifer Wright directed the explanation of the flag retirement process to the invited guests -- nearly 60 Boy and Girl Scouts, their leaders and parents, and members of American Legion Post 65.

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Wastewater treatment repairs plagued by snags

Unforeseen circumstances caused the cost of repairs at the City of Delta's wastewater treatment plant to escalate, utilities/public works director Steve Glammeyer explained at a recent Delta City Council meeting.

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Opinion

Continued support of North Fork Alternative urged

As citizens and community leaders of Delta County we are writing to thank our county commissioners for their participation in the creation of the North Fork Alternative (NFA). Three years ago the Board of County Commissioners along with a team of community members including the Western Slope Conservation Center, VOGA, the West Elk AVA, CHC, chambers of commerce, realtors and ranchers submitted the North Fork Alternative Plan to the BLM.

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For the good of Colorado, vote no on Amendment 71

It is perplexing how many people have jumped onto the "power to the government" bandwagon. Amendment 71 is a power transfer from ordinary citizens to government actors who are beholden to lobbyists and special interests.

Whether you love participating in democracy or not, one thing is for sure,

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Here's why you should support Amendment 71

I support the "Raise the Bar" Amendment 71 and here's why. Imagine a well-funded special-interest group spending millions of dollars to amend the Colorado constitution to benefit an out-of-state corporation. Ridiculous?

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Let him who is without sin ...

As I listen to the radio, I'm appalled at the way our current elections have been for so long. It seems the old saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" does not apply to the left.

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Millie Hamner is a voice for our community

This year's election has been dominated by the divisiveness of the presidential race. It is important that we don't lose sight of the functionality that we do see on the state and local level.

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Neither candidate is fit to lead this great nation

To the two major presidential candidates, the Republican and Democrat party leaders will you please claw your way out of the gutter you have dragged the rest of us into? A game of who can out accuse the other of deceit, crimes, bigotry based on sex, race, religion, gender, marital status, etc., and who is least fit to lead this nation.

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Orchard City supports mill levy increase

The Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees appreciate and support Delta County Ambulance District's efforts to provide quality, reliable and professional emergency medical services to Delta County visitors and residents.

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Prop 106 provides options

This November we will have the opportunity to vote on the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, Prop 106. This is a statutory proposition, not a constitutional amendment, initiated by Coloradans for Coloradans.

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Schwartz is an advocate for Delta County

If the presidential shenanigans are burning you out, please don't get so turned off that you don't vote. We have an opportunity to vote for an energetic, inclusive, and results-oriented congress person this year -- Gail Schwartz.

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Think before voting

Voters: please think hard before marking your ballots. There are important issues at stake.

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Vote yes on 5A

I normally do not support special district mill levy increases. I feel that these increases levied on property and business owners need to be shared by all users that the special district provides services for.

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Sports

3A WSL softball sends 5
3A WSL softball sends 5

Five Western Slope 3A softball teams began the past weekend seeking second-round berths in the 2016 state playoffs. All but Gunnison have advanced past regional competition and are set to participate in this weekend's state tournament held in Aurora.

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Cardinals' big plays beat Hotchkiss in WSL action
Cardinals' big plays beat Hotchkiss in WSL action

The Bulldogs are learning that wins in the 1A Western Slope Conference are hard to come by.

The Hotchkiss High School football team twice led the game in the early stages but gave up too many big plays as the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals beat the Bulldogs 36-19 last Friday night.

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Delta volleyball team holds on for WSL lead
Delta volleyball team holds on for WSL lead

Delta High School stayed in control of the 3A WSL standings with three wins this past week. The Panthers defeated ninth-place Basalt (1-8 and 4-12) in three sets, held off upstart Cedaredge (4-4 and 8-12), the sixth-place WSL team, in three sets and raced past number eight Moffat County (2-8 and 5-13) in three sets as well.

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Eagles firing on all cylinders; No. 1 for playoffs
Eagles firing on all cylinders; No. 1 for playoffs

The Paonia High School volleyball team won a couple more matches and continued its march toward the state tournament.

The Eagles held off a third set rally by visiting Rangely and beat the Panthers 3-0 last Saturday afternoon.

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Golf day rewarding
Golf day rewarding

This year's Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club Sizzler had a theme of "Dogs & Cats." A $1000 donation was made to the Cedaredge Animal Shelter.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Oct. 19, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Oct. 19, 2016

The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team is finishing off the regular season the right way, with a couple of wins.

And like it has been all year, nothing came easy for the Bulldogs.

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Panther gridders win game, 42-6

Delta's Panthers had an easy time of their football contest in Cortez. Delta outscored the host Panthers 21-0 in each of the two quarters in the opening half. Tristan Brown scored two touchdowns on the ground while teammates Kole Roberts and Damon Jensen scored one each.

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Panthers lose 2 OT decision to Vail team
Panthers lose 2 OT decision to Vail team

A win and a loss highlighted last week's soccer competition for Delta High School.

The Panthers blasted past Caprock Academy, 10-0 on Oct. 11 and suffered a double overtime loss, 2-1, against Vail Mountain over the weekend.

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What's Happening

Basketball registration underway for grades 3-6

Little hoopsters, lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center for another season of Little League basketball. The fee is $40 for boys and girls in grades 3-6.

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Daddy-daughter dance set for Nov. 12

A special evening for dads, daughters, grandfathers and granddaughters is planned at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The annual daddy-daughter dance takes place Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m.

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Community

ESA Day is observed locally
ESA Day is observed locally

A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of their organization last week.

The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority joined other chapters nationally in noting ESA's over 80 years of charitable work and community contributions.

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Oddfellows, Rebekahs gather in Colorado Springs
Oddfellows, Rebekahs gather in Colorado Springs

Oddfellows and Rebekahs of Colorado held their 126th annual sessions in Colorado Springs Oct. 7-10. Members from Colorado lodges met and renewed friendships.

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Tractor Supply sells FFA T-shirts

For the third year, Tractor Supply Company is partnering with the National FFA Foundation to produce limited edition, long-sleeved shirts for the National FFA Convention & Expo, which are now available exclusively in Tractor Supply stores. All net proceeds from sales of the shirts benefit FFA by supporting the National FFA Alumni Association and Living to Serve platform.

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School Zone

School enrollment tops 5,000 students
School enrollment tops 5,000 students

School district enrollment topped 5,000 this year, an unexpected occurrence given the economic uncertainty in Delta County. In preparing the fiscal year budget, school district administrators anticipated a drop in enrollment of 100.

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Vision learner has his future in focus
Vision learner has his future in focus

Philip Scheetz, a senior at the Vision Charter Academy, was recently named one of the top 10 Colorado photographers publishing on Instagram.

"Psst ... 10 Colorado instagrammers you simply must follow" was posted on Denver Ear, a metro-based website that rounds up events, business and places of interest to residents and visitors.

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Obituaries

Carl Hyatt

Carl M. Hyatt died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 74.

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Charles Beauchamp

Charles Beauchamp died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 76.

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Donald Wicburg
Donald Wicburg

Donald R. Wicburg died Oct. 15, 2016. He was 79.

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Helen Garcia

Helen M. Garcia died Oct. 3, 2016, in Eckert.

Mary Helen Mable Vigil was born in Wheatland, Wyo., Dec. 28, 1922, to Alfonso and Cora Vigil.

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James Andrews
James Andrews

James S. Andrews died Oct. 7, 2016, at his home in Austin. He was 91.

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James Charles Beecham
James Charles Beecham

James Charles Beecham passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at his home in Cory with his wife, son and daughter-in-law by his side. He was 70 years old.

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Jessie Ford
Jessie Ford

Jessie A. Ford of Cory died at her home on Oct. 10, 2016. She was 96.

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Kay Stewart
Kay Stewart

Kay Arlene Stewart died unexpectedly Oct. 10, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 67.

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Mike Salazar

Mike E. Salazar died in a car accident on Oct. 7, 2016, in Delta. He was 65.

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Robert Croft

Crawford resident Robert C. Croft died Sunday, Oct. 9, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 95.

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Tish Benson

Rita Ann "Tish" Benson died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 82.

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North Fork

Black Canyon Audubon hosts state council
Black Canyon Audubon hosts state council

On Oct. 1, Black Canyon Audubon Society members hosted the fall quarterly meeting of the Audubon Colorado Council. The ACC coordinates efforts of the state's 11 Colorado Audubon chapters to meet the National Audubon Society mission of conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

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Celebrate the ride at Saturday's Gears & Beers
Celebrate the ride at Saturday's Gears & Beers

Whether you prefer to ride on the road or a single track, it's time to gear up for Gears & Beers. The grassroots community event was first held seven years ago.

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Council updated on Farm to Fiddle, broadband

Organizers of the first Farm to Fiddle celebration say they plan to bring the festival back for a second year. The event was held during the weekend of the Delta County Fair.

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Hatchery recovering from bacterial infection
Hatchery recovering from bacterial infection

The Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery's Quonset hut is finally getting a new roof. Hatchery manager Adam Mendoza said the new cover, which is anticipated to be installed sometime this fall, should be able to withstand the strong spring winds that blow through the canyon and that damaged the 90,000 square foot structure in March 2014.

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Mill levy discussion, budget on tonight's agenda in Crawford

At tonight's regularly-scheduled monthly work session, the Town of Crawford will discuss the proposed mill levy increase that voters will decide on in the Nov. 8 election. Delta County assessor Debbie Griffith will be on hand to answer questions and explain how the proposed 5-mill increase will affect taxes.

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New owner has ideas for lot

Roya Beklik attended the Hotchkiss council meeting on Oct. 13 to introduce herself. She recently purchased the lot at 191 E. Bridge Street, directly east of the former Coyote Drive-In.

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Paonia advocacy firm opens Washington office

Incorporated in 2007 and engaged in some of Colorado's largest conservation, public lands, and community campaigns of the last decade, Mountain West Strategies, Ltd. has now opened an office in Washington, D.C.

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Paonia awards project to Hotchkiss company

Trustees for the Town of Paonia voted unanimously to approve contracts for the Out of Town Waterline Replacements Project to Pitt Construction Company, LLC, in Hotchkiss. Pitt, one of 10 companies to bid on the project, submitted the winning bid of $701,507.38.

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Paonia budget workshop tonight

The Town of Paonia will address the fiscal year 2017 draft budget at a special budget workshop session beginning at 6 p.m. today at Town Hall. Trustees voted unanimously to accept the draft budget at the Oct. 11 board meeting.

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Paonia food co-op fills a growing need
Paonia food co-op fills a growing need

The summer of 2016 was a banner year for North Fork fruit growers. And while that's a good thing, finding buyers for tons and tons of fresh food before it goes bad can be a challenge.

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Rev celebrates 1-gig connection with beer, brats
Rev celebrates 1-gig connection with beer, brats

Revolution Brewing in Paonia is the first business in the North Fork Valley to connect to Elevate Fiber's 1-gigabite internet service powered by Delta-Montrose Electric Association. The brew pub welcomed the connection at its annual Oktoberfest celebration last Friday with a specially-brewed beer, brats and live music by Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers.

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Small-town festival receives big award
Small-town festival receives big award

An event that began as a small street festival in celebration of music and agriculture in the North Fork Valley is now an award-winning annual event recognized by Downtown Colorado Inc. and the governor of Colorado.

On Sept. 22, Mountain Harvest Creative board member Bill Bishop drove to Pueblo to accept the Governor's Award for "Best Events, Festivals or Recurring Activity in a Small Community" on behalf of the Mountain Harvest Creative.

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Test plot open house a growing success
Test plot open house a growing success

Farmers, ranchers, orchardists and growers of all levels share one common, perennial problem: Weeds. "Even people with small lots have problems with weeds," said Sarah Wilson, a seasonal employee with Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management.

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Surface Creek

Ambulance tax increase gets town's support

The Orchard City Town Board, which is considering its own sales tax proposal for the town, last week gave a thumbs up to the Delta County Ambulance District's bid for a 2.25 mill tax increase on the November ballot.

Following a presentation at the board's Oct. 12 meeting, trustees voted to give political support to the ambulance district's proposal for the tax hike from 2.5 to 5.75 mills.

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Funding animal control is a community effort
Funding animal control is a community effort

The Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Animal Shelter are making progress in fund raising efforts. And volunteers and members of the FCAC board say they appreciate and thank the community for its ongoing support.

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Orchard City considers $1.9 million budget

Orchard City trustees got their first glimpse of the town's proposed 2017 budget document at their regular meeting Oct. 12.

The budget proposal delivered to trustees calls for a total $1.93 million in planned spending for next year.

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Orchard City deals with variety of items
Orchard City deals with variety of items

The Orchard City Town Board dealt with several items of business during its regular meeting on Oct. 13. Among those items were the following:

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016

Our neighbor's flag droops upon its pole. The roadside grasses are unmoving. But the leaves on our cottonwoods do their fluttering dance in the invisible breeze.

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