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Delta

Cause of fire is not yet known

A fire that destroyed a doublewide mobile home at 8979 Marshalls Road, Austin, on Oct. 16 remains under investigation. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reports that investigators have not yet obtained a statement from Perry Blake, the home's owner.

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Chamber vacancies

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has notified its membership of three individuals to be seated on the chamber's board of directors -- Jessica Good, 1019 Designs; Cecelia Tafoya, Delta Family Fun Park/Chili Pepper Pottery; and Bobbie Carmichael, Jerry Reiher State Farm.

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City asked to double DCED investment

Delta County Economic Development is asking the City of Delta to double its investment in economic development in 2018, with the funds going primarily to create an attractive salary/benefits package for the new executive director.

The city budgeted a total of $35,000 for DCED in 2017, although $15,000 has not yet been allocated.

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City seeks GOCO funds for Cleland Park improvements

The City of Delta is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for improvements at Cleland Park. The $200,000 request would be matched by $50,000 from the city's Conservation Trust Fund.

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Input invited on Escalante trail system west of Delta
Input invited on Escalante trail system west of Delta

Dave Wasson and Timoteo Gallegos have seen firsthand how mountain bike trails in Fruita and Montrose draw outdoor recreationists from far and wide. They believe outdoor recreation opportunities not only draw visitors, but can drive economic development by providing the kind of experiences that appeal to employers and employees alike.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 25, 2017

Oct. 16:

Shelby L. Walker, 19, Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,000 bond.

Oct. 16:

Maria A. Decker, 26, of Delta was arrested and jailed on charges of violation of a protection order.

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Marching season ends for Delta

Delta High School competed in the Western Regional Marching Band Qualifier in Grand Junction Oct. 19.

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PERA retirees attend legislative forum in Aurora
PERA retirees attend legislative forum in Aurora

Members of the Delta County School and Public Employees Retirement Association (DCSPERA), which is a local unit of the Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association (CSPERA), are advocates for PERA. Member dues enable CSPERA to advocate for public pension, provide legislative and PERA information, and provide training and support to the local units.

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Time to friend your library

Public libraries often operate within limited budgets and library staff stays constantly busy with daily library tasks. For this reason and more, libraries across the nation rely heavily on their friends groups to support vital library functions.

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US 50/SH 92 intersection improvements are planned

The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to address safety, sidewalks and drainage at Delta's busiest intersection. Stolfus and Associates, project engineers, outlined the Highway 92/50 intersection improvement project for the Delta City Council Tuesday and at an open house on Wednesday of last week.

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Opinion

Bull Mountain approval is long overdue

You know something has the marking of elitist environmentalists when an oil and gas development plan in a remote area of Delta County takes a decade to get approved. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of tax dollars that have been lost with this drawn-out and ambiguous process.

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Hospital supports mill levy increase

On behalf of the Delta County Memorial Hospital board and the administrative team I would like to announce our support of the mill levy increase for the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). The hospital and ambulance have a strong partnership that has led to improved access to high quality care in our county.

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NFL players have a reason to demonstrate

Mr. Dana Harvey was impressed with a picture of high school football players showing "respect for the flag," as it left him with a nice warm and "fuzzy" feeling. Perhaps Mr. Harvey would be less impressed if he paid closer attention to what brought about the demonstrations by some NFL players, instead of doing what far too many do, bury their heads in the sand.

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Passing on the recognition

Our Delta Health and Wellness Center - Family Clinic is very appreciative of our recognition (in last week's paper) for quality in the health services and the way we do business. As the administrator and provider, I can say with confidence that the recognition is because of our fine staff and incredible board of directors.

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Subsidies and the ACA

After reading last week's letter to the editor, and reading it again, I cannot believe a person claiming to be a news reporter, claiming un-biased reporting of the news, while maintaining complete objectivity, would write such a biased, non-factual letter concerning Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.

It is true that the president canceled subsidies in the ACA.

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Support 5A to maintain emergency services

Support Ballot Issue 5A -- the life you save may be yours! Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.

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Sports

Bruins win grid tilt, 9-6
Bruins win grid tilt, 9-6

A week ago, Cedaredge and Grand Valley shared the cellar in 1A WSL standings. Both came into last Thursday's prep football game in Cedaredge with identical 0-3 league marks and 2-5 overall.

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Bruins win trio of net games

Cedaredge High School completed its regular season volleyball schedule with three games last week. The Bruins defeated Caprock Academy, 3-0, on Oct. 17 and cruised to a 3-0 win against Roaring Fork on Oct. 19.

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Cowboys flawless in 31-14 win over Paonia
Cowboys flawless in 31-14 win over Paonia

If there was any doubt that Meeker is the No. 1 team in the 1A Western Slope League, it was put to rest Friday night when the Cowboys handed the hometown Paonia Eagles a 31-14 loss. For the Eagles it was their first conference loss and second overall loss of the season.

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Delta falls to Wolverines
Delta falls to Wolverines

A lot of things would have to happen for Delta's Panthers to be included in this year's state football playoffs. Last week's loss to 2A Intermountain League leader Bayfield paints a bleak picture for the Panthers.

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Delta soccer team seeded 12th in 3A
Delta soccer team seeded 12th in 3A

A rough schedule the last part of the week could have hurt the Panthers chance for a good seed in this year's 3A Boys State Soccer Championships.

Delta's win over Moffat County was an 8-0 rout and did more harm than good in building the prime seeding instrument seemingly used by CHSAA for its pairings.

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Delta softball season ends in state playoffs
Delta softball season ends in state playoffs

Everything was good as the game began. Delta's Panthers had just scored two runs in the top of the first inning and expectations were high.

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Hotchkiss takes 6-6 record into district volleyball
Hotchkiss takes 6-6 record into district volleyball

The Hotchkiss volleyball team will take a 9-10 overall record and a 6-6 record in the 2A Western Slope League into this week's district tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The record marks the Bulldogs' best win-loss record since 2009.

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Paonia heads to districts
Paonia heads to districts

The Paonia Eagles ended the regular volleyball season with a 14-5 overall, 9-3 conference record following losses to Meeker and Vail Mountain in last week's action.

Meeker (16-3, 9-1), was coming off of a three-set loss to Rangely and was battling for position ahead of this week's district volleyball tournament.

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Potent ground game gives Bulldogs win over Olathe
Potent ground game gives Bulldogs win over Olathe

It was a grinding, methodical 21-14 win for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs as they hosted the Olathe Pirates on Friday, Oct. 20. The Bulldogs now have a 5-3 season record, and are 2-2 in league play.

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Community

Hood, Dormann to be wed in April
Hood, Dormann to be wed in April

Aaron Richard Hood and Tessa Lynn Dormann are pleased to announce their March 18, 2017, engagement.

The future groom is the son of Milton Hood of Cedaredge and Diana Clayton of Austin, and the grandson of Don and Shirley Clayton and the late Jesse and Abby Hood.

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Rotary and the fight against polio
Rotary and the fight against polio

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.

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School Zone

Grand Mesa Choice Academy's innovative approach draws kudos
Grand Mesa Choice Academy's innovative approach draws kudos

Grand Mesa Choice Academy, the recipient of a student re-engagement grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), hosted a site visit from seven CDE officials and representatives from and Jefferson County Schools and Montrose County School District last week.

GMCA is a public school designated as an alternative education campus with programs designed to give students at-risk of not graduating from high school an alternative route to earning their high school diploma.

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Students exposed to folk music
Students exposed to folk music

A musical benefit of last week's concert by The New Christy Minstrels® was a memorable afternoon performance at Cedaredge Elementary School for an audience of 393 students and 40 teachers and staff.

The eight-member folk music ensemble played and sang at the school without charge as part of the continuing work of the New Christy Minstrels Foundation.

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Obituaries

Bridget Spiker

Bridget Anne Spiker died Oct. 15, 2017, at University Hospital in Aurora. She fought a tough battle with leukemia, and although she was the victor, her body was unable to fight the side effects of the stem cell treatment. She was 43.

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Don Smith
Don Smith

Don Smith died Oct. 23, 2017, at Crossroads Living Center in Delta. He was 98.

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Edna Ballard
Edna Ballard

Edna Mae Ballard died Oct. 13, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 93.

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Karen
Karen "Leslie" Delk

Cedaredge resident Karen "Leslie" Delk died Oct. 14, 2017, at her home. She was 72.

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Larry Colclasure

Lawrence Earl "Larry" Colclasure of Cedaredge died Oct. 23, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 82.

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Marie Anderson
Marie Anderson

Marie Anderson died Oct. 19, 2017, at her home in Delta. She was 92.

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Marjorie Bertram
Marjorie Bertram

Longtime Cedaredge resident Marjorie Ruth Bertram died Oct. 16, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 93.

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Mary Jo Chermak
Mary Jo Chermak

Longtime Hotchkiss resident Mary Jo Chermak died Oct. 18, 2017, at her home on Rogers Mesa. She was 96.

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Peggy Sutton
Peggy Sutton

Cedaredge resident Peggy Sutton died Oct. 16, 2017, after a massive stroke. She was 78.

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North Fork

Crawford gearing up for holidays

In a little more than four weeks, the Crawford community will host its annual Christmas celebration. Collenette Vervloet with the Crawford Chamber of Commerce visited with the Crawford Town Board to work out details for preparations leading up to the festivities.

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Holiday Art Fair applications available
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Meeting tonight on land use change for old mine loadout

An application to Delta County for a land use change will be reviewed tonight during a joint meeting of the Delta County Planning Commission and Upper North Fork Area Planning Committee.

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North Fork celebrates Halloween
North Fork celebrates Halloween

Whatever your age, whether you're looking for a haunted house, a party, a good costume contest or Zombie 5k run/walk, or you just need a safe place to take the little ghosts and goblins on Halloween night, here are a few places to celebrate Halloween in the North Fork Valley.

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Paonia completes tree assessment
Paonia completes tree assessment

From Cherry Days and Pickin' in the Park to the BMW Motorcycle Rally and Friday night football, Paonia Town Park is a hub of activity.

But it's the trees that make Town Park so special.

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Priorities are emerging as Crawford trustees talk budget

The process of crafting a town budget is long, and sometimes tedious. The Crawford Town Council began to delve deeper into the numbers during its regular work session on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Proposed marijuana ordinance is meeting topic

The public is invited to an informal discussion of a proposed marijuana ordinance regulating in-town marijuana laws and penalties. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Paonia Town Hall, 214 Grand Avenue.

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Students learn from AG candidate's visit

When State Representative Joe Salazar held a meet and greet last week at the Hightower Cafe in Paonia, roughly 25 people came to hear him speak. House District 31 representative and a candidate for attorney general, Salazar visited the North Fork area and the community of Pitkin as part of an ongoing listening tour.

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Volunteers needed to reinstate tree board

Do you have a passion for trees? The Town of Paonia is looking to revive its tree board and is seeking members.

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Work finished on Paonia Reservoir intake tower
Work finished on Paonia Reservoir intake tower

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation work at Paonia Reservoir is progressing. Work began this autumn to repair the reservoir's damaged intake structure of the dam's outlet works.

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Surface Creek

Garden club enjoys picnic in the park

The September gathering of the Plant & Dig Club of Cedarage was held at Cedaredge Park on a beautiful, if cool, late-summer day last month. We gathered for a picnic and our annual plant/produce and garden implements sale.

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Orchard City board talks roads

In an effort to build public trust, the Orchard City town council held the first of several planned public meetings with residents on Wednesday, Oct. 18. In addition to the trustees, 12 members of the community attended.

This meeting was focused on road maintenance, and began with presentation by trustee Gary Tollefson. He pointed out that deferred maintenance of the road infrastructure will cause the cost of repairs to increase as roads wear out gradually.

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