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Call before burning

If you are planning to conduct any open burning, you must first contact the Delta County Dispatch (399-2955) on the day you plan to conduct the burn. If a red flag day has been declared, callers will be notified to delay burning.

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City to spend $500,000 on road maintenance in 2017

The City of Delta is getting a lot of bang for the buck as it embarks on three street maintenance projects in the City of Delta. The city budgeted a total of $500,000 for street improvements in 2017; the three projects will cost a total of $393,536 but will extend the life of about 11 percent of the city's street network.

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Cooper awarded CTFA designation
Cooper awarded CTFA designation

Gena Cooper, vice president of Alpine Bank Wealth Management, was recently awarded the CTFA designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.

The CTFA designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust.

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County considers possible revenue loss

Commissioners heard a report from Chair Doug Atchley during their March 6 regular meeting on a threat to county revenues from proposed state legislative action.

If carried out, the legislation would affect every county in the state by cutting residential property assessment rates from 7.95 percent to as low as 6 percent.

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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 15, 2017

March 6:

Shawn S. Lewis, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $10,000 bond.

March 7:

William T. Craig Jr., 30, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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Nose dive
Nose dive

A Toyota 4-Runner ended up nose first in the Gunnison River near the Cottonwood Grove Campground off South River Road. The campground is on BLM property. At the request of the BLM, sheriff's deputies investigated the scene the morning of March 3.

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Park visits up

Both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area increased in visitation during the centennial year of the National Park Service.

Black Canyon received 238,018 visitors and Curecanti counted 982,498 visits.

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Skeletal remains identified

On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, hunters in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose reported the finding of skeletal material believed to be human remains. The Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigations with the help of the Montrose County Sheriff's Posse recovered bones and fragments of clothing.

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Traffic shifts to Confluence Drive

Traffic counts conducted by the City of Delta last fall reveal that passenger cars make up 52 percent of the traffic on Confluence Drive.

Traffic was counted along the route during a one-week period.

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VFW post builds food pantry

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary are starting to build a food pantry for local area veterans.

Members of the post and auxiliary became aware of the need last December, when over 20 local veterans and families were helped through the partnership of the VFW and Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

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Opinion

Large lottery fund remains unspent

Delta County has received between $100,000 and $123,000 each year since, at least, 2010. These funds are maintained in a Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) as required by the state and year-end reports are filed by the county to show funds received and how they've been spent.

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Learn what 'access control' means

All Rogers Mesa residents, whether or not you live on SH92, need to see the plans to ADD roads through prime agricultural land that is not near the highway. Serious changes are being proposed.

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Let's level the playing field

How could a small start-up business in rural Colorado compete globally? A big part of the answer is through high-speed internet access, which is generally assumed to be fiber-optic cable.

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Methane rule reduces waste, increases revenue

As a longtime resident of the Western Slope, I taught in the public schools which requires salvaging and not wasting materials. I had up to 350 students a week on a budget of $1 per child; waste is not an option.

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Proud of 4-H'ers, FFA members

May I say how very refreshing it is to open the paper and see the article on FFA Week, the pictures of each chapter and their stories. A huge shout-out to the members, their parents, their advisors and teachers, all of the businesses and individuals who support agricultural education and anyone actively involved.

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What's Happening

Mending Hearts meets on Thursdays

Mending Hearts grief support group will be meeting on Thursdays, March 16 - May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Coal Train Coffee House at 328 W. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss.

Mending Hearts is free of charge and open to anyone coping with the death of a loved one.

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Save the date

Bring your smile to the Nile! Elementary aged children are invited to learn all about Egypt in biblical times and the story of Joseph during this summer's Vacation Bible School, held June 5-9 at Garnet Mesa Elementary School.

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Spring into Shape 5k set for April 8

The City of Delta's annual Spring into Shape 5k fun run and walk is set for Saturday, April 8. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Cleland Park.

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Vendors sought for Delta food, wine festival

Vendors are now being accepted to showcase a signature dish, dessert, candy, wine, beer or other food-related item at the second annual Taste of Spring, Delta's premier food and wine festival. This fun event brings together local restaurants, cottage foods producers, wineries, breweries and others to showcase and market their items while raising funds to help middle and high school kids in Delta and Cedaredge.

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VFW preparing for fifth annual golf tournament

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary in Delta are gearing up for its fifth annual golf tournament at Devil's Thumb. This year, the tournament will be on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20.

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Community

Births Mar. 15, 2017

Jake and Darrian Richards of Hotchkiss are the parents of a son, Clay Jacob Richards, born March 3, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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People in the News Smith

Ryan Smith of Delta was named to the University of Wyoming fall semester Provost's Honor Roll.

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School Zone

Delta Middle School students challenged

Delta Middle School is one of 70 schools across the state participating in the Protect What's Next Challenge, a retail marijuana prevention program from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The challenge is a fun and easy way for schools to engage students with a positive message about prioritizing personal goals over retail marijuana use by having them complete quick, unique activities as a reminder of what it's like to set and accomplish goals.

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Nursing students receive scholarships
Nursing students receive scholarships

Delta-Montrose Technical College hosted a scholarship luncheon Tuesday, March 8, for students in the practical nursing program. Through the generosity of the community twenty-five scholarships were awarded to DMTC practical nursing students, for a total of $13,400.

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Obituaries

Donald Blanscet
Donald Blanscet

Donald Ray Blanscet died March 10, 2017, in Grand Junction. He was 78.

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Donald Cramer
Donald Cramer

Donald Kermit Cramer, age 84, died Feb. 26, 2017, of Alzheimer's complicated by his ordeal in the Wild Horse area in early January.

He was born Sept. 13, 1932, at home in Bennett, Colo., the son of Kermit C. Cramer and Fern Dunbar Cramer.

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Doris Edelen
Doris Edelen

Former Delta resident Doris Edelen died March 6, 2017, at Crossroads Adult Care Home in Tucson, Ariz. She was 83.

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Francisca Villarreal
Francisca Villarreal

Residente de Delta Francisca Villarreal fallecio el dia 9 de Marzo del 2017 en la localidad donde vivia. Francisca tenia 69 anos de edad.

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Goldie Taylor

Longtime Paonia resident Goldie Taylor died March 3, 2017, at her home. She was 83.

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James Edwards
James Edwards

Delta, Colorado resident, James Edwards, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at his home with his family beside him. He was 77 years of age.

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Jerald Orton
Jerald Orton

Jerald Wilcock Orton died at home March 1, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 75.

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John Morris

John Thomas Morris died March 7, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 95.

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Marilyn Packer
Marilyn Packer

Marilyn Packer, longtime Delta County resident, died March 6, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 83.

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Melvin Beach
Melvin Beach

Dr. Melvin K. Beach died at Colorow Care Center in Olathe on March 8, 2017. He was 99.

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Pat Oglesby

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction.

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North Fork

Artistry, fine craftmanship on display
Artistry, fine craftmanship on display

For over 20 years, the artisans of S&B Quilters' Guild have presented the annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show. The biennial show began in 1994, and it's time once again to experience the beauty, craftsmanship, talent and creativity that is poured into every stitch and block.

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Farm to Fiddle fundraiser is March 24 in Hotchkiss
Farm to Fiddle fundraiser is March 24 in Hotchkiss

There's something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a Navajo taco. Warm, crispy fry bread topped with chili and piled high with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onions, the flavor of the chili soaking into the fry bread, each bite a new sensation.

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Hotchkiss car seat tech committed to child safety

In the U.S., motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 12 and under, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hotchkiss EMT and volunteer firefighter Bev Shelten wants parents and guardians of young children to know that many of those deaths can be prevented.

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Hotchkiss library closes this week for renovation

The Hotchkiss Library will soon get a facelift, prompting a three-week closure of the branch. Before the library closes, patrons are able to check out entire boxes of materials at once, and keep the items throughout the renovation period.

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Museum displaying quilts on Saturday
Museum displaying quilts on Saturday

A collection of donated quilts will be on display at the museum on March 18 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at 180 S. 2nd Street in Hotchkiss. Admission to the museum will be free for that day.

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ShadeScapes nominated as company to watch

ShadeScapes Americas, a Hotchkiss-based company which designs architectural grade residential and commercial shade umbrellas, has been nominated as a Colorado Company to Watch for 2017.

The program honors 50 second stage companies that develop products or services which help create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries.

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ShadeScapes open house showcases historic renovation

When is a building more than a simple building, more than drywall and 2x4s, more than paint and fixtures, more than a place where spreadsheets are created and invoices billed out? The staff of ShadeScapes Americas in Hotchkiss are eager to answer those questions as they showcase their newly-renovated building this weekend.

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Smith's state medal is stolen
Smith's state medal is stolen

Trevor Smith wants his wrestling medal back. Smith, a senior at Paonia High School, won the Class 2A heavyweight wrestling title in February.

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Surface Creek

Crane festival among events this weekend in Surface Creek
Crane festival among events this weekend in Surface Creek

Annual community activities are scheduled to take place this week in Cedaredge as Irish stew and crane watching events are on the calendar.

The local Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority is hosting its traditional Irish stew fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March, 17. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.

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Early CHS grad honored by town
Early CHS grad honored by town

A Cedaredge High School senior who graduated early to pursue her nursing career plans is Orchard City's student of the month for March.

Mikaylah Saenz graduated early last semester from CHS with a 3.8 grade point average.

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Energetic volunteer is an asset
Energetic volunteer is an asset

Kathy Wilcox, a mother of three children, grandmother of six and great grandmother of four, has lived in Cedaredge for the last eight years. She has been volunteering at the Shelter Shoppe since August of 2015 and does so because of her love of animals.

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Orchard City opts out of cemetery biz

The Town of Orchard City will not be going into the cemetery business.

By a vote of 4-0 on March 8, town board members rejected the idea of participating in some manner with management and operations of the Cory Cemetery.

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Rate hike takes effect May 1 in Orchard City

Following action by the Orchard City Town Board on March 8, customers of the town's domestic water system will see steep increases in both base charges and user fees beginning May 1.

The move came on a split 5-1 vote.

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Seniors remind trustees of impact they face with new water rates

Two constituents came forward at the Orchard City Town Board meeting on March 8 to question trustees about the water rate increase.

Jan Gage, a former trustee, expressed concern for senior citizens in town on fixed incomes who would be hurt financially by the doubling of water rates.

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Surface Creek Family Practice participates in partnership to strengthen primary care

Surface Creek Family Practice is one of more than 2,900 primary care practices nationwide participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a partnership between payer partners from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers. This partnership is designed to provide improved access to quality health care at lower costs.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017

Have you ever taken a big bite out of a crisp apple only to find a half wiggling worm sticking out of the remaining apple? If so, you have been the recipient of a codling moth infested apple, the bane of all growers of apples, pears and even crabapples.

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