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Delta

Agricultural burn generates complaints

County commission chairman Doug Atchley said on Monday that he has asked the county and state health departments to provide statements on a situation at Eckert where smoke from an allowed open burn operation is impacting residents of Horizons West Mobile Home Park and Horizons Care Center.

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Check out banned books at your library
Check out banned books at your library

Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) releases a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year. In 2016, the Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges.

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County clerk's office hours change Oct. 2

An earlier closing time for business at the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the courthouse was approved by the county commissioners on Monday. Beginning Oct. 2, the closing time will be 4:30 p.m.

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DCED director tapped for new state position

This week, Delta County Economic Development (DCED) announced "with great regret" the resignation of Trish Thibodo as executive director.

"DCED appreciates the leadership Trish has brought to Delta County and the many projects DCED has been involved with," John Gavan, DCED president, said in a press release.

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Delta County is Storm Ready

Delta County is one of five Colorado counties that is StormReady. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather.

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Election savings

Delta County Joint School District #50 will save an estimated $14,000 by cancelling the school board election scheduled for November.

Three school board seats were to be filled, but just three candidates filed petitions for those seats.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 20, 2017

Clinton E. Adkins, 43, of Eckert was issued a summons for alleged shoplifting.

Christopher A. Prough, 26, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a bond of $20,000.

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Observing The High Holy Days

Well, the High Holy Days are upon us! But just what are the High Holy Days? These are the days of the fall festivals as listed in the Tanakh (Hebrew scriptures) or "Old Testament."

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Oil/gas designee retires

Delta County's local government designee (LGD) for oil and gas regulation issues, Bruce Bertram, has retired from the post.

At the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on Monday he received compliments and thanks for his years of service to the county.

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POWs/MIAs remembered
POWs/MIAs remembered

Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.

They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.

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Search warrant leads to arrests

On Thursday, Sept. 14, the Delta County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the Peach Valley area of Delta to search for and arrest Gina Sander, 29, who was actively wanted on two felony warrants. Sander was located and taken into custody without incident by investigators.

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Tragedy strikes twice in two days

Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.

Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.

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Opinion

City has benefited from Reardon's expertise

In response to Pat Sunderland's article, "City of Delta's building inspector draws fire," page A3 of the Sept. 13 issue of the DCI, please note the numerous times we obediently honor and recognize the "rules of the road" while driving around our fair city.

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Don't let Delta go to pot

Regarding the marijuana petition circulating in Delta, I beg all of you: Don't let our beautiful town go to pot.

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Fort is becoming a premier attraction

Congratulations to Chris Miller and all involved in Saturday's Mexican Heritage Day and dedication at Fort Uncompahgre!

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Reardon is polite, professional

Dan Reardon is doing his job. He does not make up the regulations, just enforces the requirements of the building codes. He has inspected our two-car garage with a shop, our remodel and our master suite addition.

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When the world is traumatic

Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Devastating fires and floods. Political strife. Racial division. Immigrants and refugees. War. School and workplace violence.

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Sports

'Dogs win, lose volleyball tilts

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs played hard but came up short Saturday in their league loss to visiting West Grand. It was their first league loss of the season.

Head coach Peter Nethington wasn't unhappy with the outcome after hearing how the Mustangs, a state qualifying team in 2016, beat up on the team last year. "They're a good team," he said.

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Bruins 1 and 2 in diamond play

Last week's Cedaredge (3A) homecoming week softball action included a big win over Meeker (3A) and a pair of losses in games with Delta (3A) and Rifle (4A).

The Bruins hosted Meeker, and won 7-5, on Tuesday (Sept. 12).

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Bruins set Hotchkiss netters
Bruins set Hotchkiss netters

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team battled a scrappy, and much improved, Hotchkiss team on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bruins played well, giving up just one set to the Bulldogs, in a 3-1 victory in 3A WSL play.

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Delta gridders lose 35-7

Last week's journey to Basalt to play football did not play out the way the Panthers would have hoped. On a cold, rainy evening in Basalt, the host Longhorns scored 14 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 35-7 non-conference win.

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Delta softball team wins 13-3 in five
Delta softball team wins 13-3 in five

In an early game played last week, Delta High School's softball team hosted Gunnison's Cowboys in a 3A District 5 contest.

Delta lit a fire around the base paths in the first inning to score seven runs on its way to a 13-3 decision.

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Delta spikes GHS netters

Senior Lexi Quinn fueled a three-set victory in volleyball for Delta's Panthers last Thursday, Sept. 14, in Gunnison. An earlier meeting in the season was a 2-1 win for the Cowboys.

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Delta wins soccer tilts
Delta wins soccer tilts

Last week's soccer action was played on Delta's Cottonwood Fields with Central High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School visiting the North Delta fields.

Delta faced Central's Warriors on Sept. 11 and scored a 4-0 non-conference win.

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Montrose JV provides challenge in Bulldogs' Homecoming victory
Montrose JV provides challenge in Bulldogs' Homecoming victory

The Bulldogs were without a Homecoming opponent after Center canceled its season due to a lack of players. They found a worthy opponent in the Montrose junior varsity squad.

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Paonia competes at EV; Anna Banana meet next

More than 220 racers from 20 schools competed in the men's division at the Eagle Valley Cross Country invitational. Harley Ewert and Caden Meilner led the Paonia Eagles to finish in 18 minutes, 15.30 seconds and 18:15.8, earning 26 and 27 points, respectively. One of three Class 2A teams at the meet, Paonia entered 12 runners and placed eighth overall with 222 points, with Logan Green, Ethan Bartlett, Ben O'Rourke and Elijah Evans rounding out scoring.

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Paonia routs Rams; game dedicated to Gillenwater
Paonia routs Rams; game dedicated to Gillenwater

Despite fumbling the ball away on their first two possessions, the Paonia Eagles posted a 43-6 win Friday over Ridge View Academy.

"It was a good win, but it wasn't a great win," said head coach Blaine Escher.

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Paonia volleyball team wins three in straight sets
Paonia volleyball team wins three in straight sets

The Paonia Eagles are on a five-game winning streak after winning three matches last week. All three games were played on the road, and all three were won in straight sets.

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Rodriguez leads Hotchkiss boys

At the high-altitude Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational, Sam Rodriguez led Hotchkiss' boys to place 11th out of 87 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Will Ela and Tevin Keller finished in 20:46 and 20:47, respectively, and freshman Kenny Drbohlav was close behind with a time of 20:52.

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Community

Births Sept. 20, 2017

Johnny and Mallori Salazar of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Audrey Carrolynn-Louise Salazar, born Sept. 8, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20.25 inches in length.

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Elberta Rebekah Lodge hosts Red Hat potluck
Elberta Rebekah Lodge hosts Red Hat potluck

Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 resumed after summer break with a Red Hat potluck luncheon. Thirteen members were present and as always, lots of good food.

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Obituaries

Arnold Dailey
Arnold Dailey

Longtime Delta County resident Arnold Dailey died Sept. 7, 2017, in Colorado Springs, where he resided for the last five years. He was three weeks short of 90.

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Buck Krumholt

Marvin "Buck" C. Krumholt died Sept. 15, 2017, at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.

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Casey Gillenwater
Casey Gillenwater

Casey Joe Gillenwater died in a car accident Sept. 13, 2017. He was 25.

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Charlie Todd
Charlie Todd

Lifetime North Fork resident Charlie J. Todd died Sept. 10, 2017, at the Paonia Care Center. He was 97.

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Christopher Hanson

Longtime Paonia resident Christopher David Hanson died at his home in Colusa, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2017. He was 53.

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Donald Laux
Donald Laux

Longtime Delta County resident Donald S. Laux died Sept. 16, 2017, at his home. He was 89.

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Firmin Aragon

Firmin Jose Aragon died Sept. 14, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 83.

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Herbert Briscoe

Eckert resident Herbert Lee Briscoe died Sept. 17, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 97.

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Leroy Busby

Leroy Thomas "Buzz" Busby died Sept. 1, 2017, at Rhode Island Suites in Ransom, Kan.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1940, to Rubin "Ray" and Muriel (Robb) Busby in Grass Valley, Calif.

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Linda Bertrand
Linda Bertrand

Linda Bertrand died Sept. 11, 2017, of cancer. She was 65.

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Marvin Stephens

Austin resident Marvin R. Stephens died Sept. 17, 2017, at his home. He was 86.

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Robert Perkins
Robert Perkins

Lifetime Delta County resident Robert Cole Perkins died in a car accident Sept. 14, 2017. He was 59.

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Stanley Hocker
Stanley Hocker

Longtime Cedaredge resident Stanley Neil Hocker died Sept. 14, 2017, at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 90.

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North Fork

'Festival in Flight' a new addition to the festivities
'Festival in Flight' a new addition to the festivities

A coordinated flyover of planes by local pilots will take place over Paonia Town Park at 4:15 Friday.

Called "Festival in Flight," the event is being coordinated by Paonia pilots Larry Garrett and Ethel Leslie Garrett.

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17th annual Chili Cook-off is Friday
17th annual Chili Cook-off is Friday

A mainstay of the Mountain Harvest Festival, the 17th annual Chili Cook-off runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday. For the past nine years the event has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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At 17, Mountain Harvest is 'big little festival'
At 17, Mountain Harvest is 'big little festival'

With the departure of Sarah and Bill Bishop after 14 years of service and dedication to the Mountain Harvest Festival, local musician Mike Gwinn has stepped in to help guide the annual event. Now in its 17th year, the annual festival will officially kick off this Thursday evening with the "Harvest of Voices" reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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Eagles Homecoming a week of tradition
Eagles Homecoming a week of tradition

Paonia High School will be a blur of activity this week as students celebrate Homecoming Week.

The week includes numerous longstanding traditions.

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Grape Stomp benefits three nonprofits
Grape Stomp benefits three nonprofits

Sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, 10th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp has grown to be one of the most popular events of the festival. The stomp benefits three local nonprofits: the Solar Energy International K-12 Solar in Schools program, the Western Slope Conservation Center, and the Paonia Public Library Foundation.

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Harvest of Voices is a feast of words

This Thursday evening, Sept. 21, the annual Harvest of Voices will kick off the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival.

The event offers a veritable buffet of poetry and prose by local and regional authors.

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Higher speed limit raises concerns for pedestrians

Actions by the Colorado Department of Transportation have raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the Town of Hotchkiss.

At the Sept. 14 town council meeting, public works director Mike Owens reported that pedestrian crossing signs at several Bridge Street intersections were removed because CDOT officials felt there was too much sign "noise" on the street.

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Masons to lay cornerstone at Hotchkiss clinic on Friday

On Friday, Sept. 22, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado will dedicate a cornerstone at the new West Elk Clinic -- Hotchkiss on West Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss. The tradition of dedication begins at 3 p.m. and is open to interested community members. The event is sponsored by the Mount Lamborn Masonic Lodge of Hotchkiss.

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Paonia grants temporary variance to preschool

With 13 items of new business on its Sept. 12 agenda, the Paonia board of trustees tabled two items, at the urging mayor pro tempore David Bradford.

A public hearing on proposed changes to the town municipal code was tabled to the Oct. 10 meeting.

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Paonia meetings to start at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings of the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Also changing, unfinished and new business will now be conducted at the end of the meeting, rather than at the beginning.

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Pat Medina named to Hotchkiss Town Council

Pat Medina has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Hotchkiss Town Council created by the resignation of Larry Jakubiak. Her appointment runs until the municipal election in April.

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Support youth: have a tasty slice of pie
Support youth: have a tasty slice of pie

The Lambert Grange will once again sponsor the annual "I Love Pie Contest" this Friday in conjunction with the 17th annual Chili Cook-off at Paonia Town Park. Bakers are invited to enter their best harvest, best cream, best double crust fruit, best gluten and dairy free, and best decorative pie categories.

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Surface Creek

Arts center envisioned for Cedaredge
Arts center envisioned for Cedaredge

Cedaredge has long been home to a wealth of talented artists, musicians and craftsmen, many of whom are featured in galleries, at community festivals or during the First Friday Art Walks hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.

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FCAC board okays project

At last week's meeting of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control Board of Directors, unanimous approval was given to officially begin the process of replacing the old trailer portion of the Surface Creek Animal Shelter.

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Food Bank thanks donors

The Surface Creek Community Services Cedaredge Food Bank and volunteers want to express thanks to all who generously supported the fundraising at the Cedarege Food Town on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Orchard City has no jurisdiction in burn complaint

The Orchard City Town Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, heard complaints from residents of Horizons West mobile home park about smoke from burning piles of brush near the retirement community.

Deann Thomas, a resident of the park, and three of her neighbors told the town board of smoke and other problems they claim were caused by the burning of brush just north of their senior mobile home park on Running Deer Road.

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Repealing marijuana bans on hold until April election

The Orchard City Town Board acting at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13 voted to rescind its previous decision to proceed with repealing current bans on marijuana business in town.

The town board also voted to place three referred measures on the April 2018 ballot asking voters to decide on new revenue measures for town government.

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Talented residents can win cash prize

Area entertainers are offered an opportunity to win a grand prize of $250 in the Grand Mesa Country's "Got Talent" show scheduled Nov. 3 and 4 at Cedaredge High School.

Pick up entry forms at the Methodist Thrift Store, 205 W. Main, Cedaredge, or call 645-0142.

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