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Delta

4-H catch-a-calf applicants wanted

A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2017 to begin feeding the calf to market finish.

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BLM weighs in on Gunnison sage grouse

The Bureau of Land Management has weighed in on the Gunnison sage grouse (GSG) issue with a just-released rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan (DRMP) for what has also become known as "The Bird."

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City's 2017 budget holds steady

No increases in city utility rates are anticipated in the 2017 budget that's currently being reviewed by the Delta City Council.

Even better, no budget cuts are anticipated because sales tax revenues are holding steady.

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Law enforcement blotter Nov. 16, 2016

Terry J. Buck, 42, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting. Vincent J. Ramirez, 31, of Montrose was also issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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VFW, Dollar Tree join effort to assist needy veterans

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift and the Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

This will be the sixth year the VFW has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.

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Voter turnout approaches 90%

It was nearly midnight before election officials in Delta County finished tallying ballots cast in the Nov. 8 election.

Voter turnout started out strong and ended even stronger, with 143 residents registering to vote on Election Day.

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Voters reject tax increase for ambulance

Voters in the Delta County Ambulance District voted down a proposed mill levy increase DCAD officials said is critical to maintaining coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The final tally was 5,388 for; 6,163 against, a difference of 775 votes.

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Opinion

Chicken Roost renovation has been an uphill battle

Why did the Chicken Roost restaurant take so long to renovate and open? I purchased the restaurant, formerly known as Gabriela's, in April of this year.

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Don't let the door hit you on the way out

My fellow Americans -- now is the time for citizens who possess real ability and the skills to produce real, tangible, results, to take their rightful place at the table. Love it or leave it has never been more applicable.

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Keep us updated on Yager case


I was very interested to read that Nathan Yager's murder conviction was reversed. I was a member of the jury that convicted him.

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Marijuana revenue could benefit Crawford

I would like to thank the voters of Crawford for an excellent turnout, and I commend those of you who voted against the tax increase. As such, after six months of wasted effort, our town council is once again hosting a public hearing to discuss the town's budget deficit ... a public hearing where certain members of the public are allowed no input.

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Sports

Eagles' net season over
Eagles' net season over

Paonia High School's volleyball team accomplished many things during its season. One goal was to get to state, and they did, for the fifth straight time.

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Panthers end quest for volleyball title
Panthers end quest for volleyball title

The goal was to get out of pool play in last weekend's 3A State Volleyball Championships. Coach Beth Nelson had confidence her Panthers were up to the task after drawing the No. 10 seed in Pool 3.

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Strasburg uses airways to defeat Bruins, 29-11
Strasburg uses airways to defeat Bruins, 29-11

And then there were two......Meeker and Paonia. Cedaredge's 29-11 loss to No. 2 Strasburg, in Cedaredge, eliminated the Bruins from title contention in this year's 2A State Football Championships.

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What's Happening

Bill Heddles Rec Center hosts holiday craft fair

The City of Delta's holiday craft fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gym at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be filled with more than 70 booths with everything from Christmas decor and handbags to gift baskets and jewelry.

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Community

Births Nov. 16, 2016

Lee and Amanda Collins of Hotchkiss are the parents of a son, Kasey Lee Collins, born Nov. 9, 2016.

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Bob Heid celebrates 90th birthday
Bob Heid celebrates 90th birthday

Longtime Crawford resident Bob "Little Hawk" Heid will turn 90 years old on Nov. 20. He and his wife Joan built a log home on Fruitland Mesa in 1983 and still reside there.

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School Zone

DMS salutes veterans
DMS salutes veterans

"We stand in the midst of true patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served," said Jen Ervin, Delta Middle School principal, as she welcomed those gathered for a Veterans Day assembly at Delta Middle School. While veterans were small in number, over half the students and faculty members stood when family members of active and retired service members were recognized.

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Obituaries

Orville Schneide

Paonia resident Orville H. Schneider died Nov. 13, 2016, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Delta.

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Ruth Anderson

Delta resident Ruth L. Anderson died Nov. 12, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

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Toni Arellano
Toni Arellano

Toni L. Arellano died Nov. 11, 2016, at her home in Paonia. She was 63.

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North Fork

Crawford holiday festivities begin next week

With all this warm weather, it's hard to imagine that Crawford's annual Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees are just a week away.

The Pioneer Days committee is again organizing the events.

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Forum gathers thoughts about schools
Forum gathers thoughts about schools

What opportunities can the Delta County School District offer its students in the next one to three years? What are the district's greatest assets in terms of opportunity? How can the communities be engaged in student education?

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Guild wraps local veterans in quilts
Guild wraps local veterans in quilts

Veterans were honored last Saturday with quilts made by members of S&B Quilters' Guild. The event was held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

At least a dozen quilts went home with veterans.

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Lease solves easement issue for Hotchkiss firm
Lease solves easement issue for Hotchkiss firm

Big B's juice and cider manufacturing facility on Fourth Street was granted a six-month lease after a temporary structure was found to be encroaching on a utility easement within the town right of way.

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Paonia budget hearing

The Paonia board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the draft fiscal year 2017 budget at the Nov. 22 board meeting.

The draft budget projects general fund revenues of $605,013 and expenses of $603,190.

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Paonia puts parks contract out to bid

At the Nov. 8 board meeting, Paonia town trustees approved a request for a proposal for a three-year park maintenance contract, to run Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2019.

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Paonia tables rate hike discussion to Nov. 22 meeting

Paonia citizens will have another chance to comment on proposed water rate increases after trustees tabled two related agenda items at the Nov. 8 board meeting.

The first item tabled called for consideration of an ordinance "amending, adding to and deleting portions of town municipal code dealing with water service."

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 16, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 16, 2016

The weekend before Thanksgiving was always reserved for my Bosque trip. I made hotel reservations in Socorro and since the town isn't large, rooms were sometimes difficult to find.

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Food bank is a reliable resource
Food bank is a reliable resource

The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank is a vital and reliable resource serving the nutritional health needs of valley families year round.

The nearly 40 volunteers who staff and run the food bank located in Cedaredge are preparing for the arrival of the colder weather and for the upcoming holidays.

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Fruit sale helps FCAC

The annual End-Of-Season Fruit Sale conducted at Fritchman's Orchard last week raised $1,766 and change

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Nortnik honored

The Orchard City Town Board has chosen Delta High School senior Emily Nortnik as its student of the month.

Emily has been a three-sport athlete throughout middle and high school.

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Organizations, individuals recognized
Organizations, individuals recognized

Local governments in Surface Creek Valley have issued several proclamations recently noting contributions made to the community by organizations and individuals.

• Both Orchard City and Cedaredge adopted proclamations honoring HopeWest in observance of Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.

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Pharmacy moves
Pharmacy moves

Cedaredge Pharmacy has closed its location at Food Town and as of Monday, Nov. 14 is open at 215 West Main Street, one door east of Town Hall.

Co-owner John Breitnauer advises customers needing walk-up prescription service that the best entrance to the pharmacy is now through the west door of 4B's Brewery.

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StoryWalk opens on Cedaredge trail
StoryWalk opens on Cedaredge trail

Imagine that you are walking with a child along a winding path that borders a swiftly flowing creek. Trees tower on both sides with branches spider-webbing through pale blue sky.

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VOA awards scholarship to Horizons employee
VOA awards scholarship to Horizons employee

Volunteers of America National Services Foundation and Horizons Care Center announce that current employee, Joe Kersen, LPN, has received an educational scholarship for 2016-2017.

The purpose of the educational scholarship is to support and encourage employees to pursue learning opportunities through education and training, as this is a core value and a strategic imperative within the non-profit organization.

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