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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 12, 2018  22 views

Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Fox Court for a report of eggs being thrown at the residence. Investigation resulted in a 13-year-old female of Delta receiving a ticket for alleged second degree criminal tampering.

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Psychiatric facility opens in Grand Junction  17 views

The new West Springs Hospital, located at 515 28 3/4 Road in Grand Junction, is proud to open its doors. Medical director Frank Lotrich, MD and hospital administrator Kim Boe offered tours of the 63,000-square-foot facility during a grand opening celebration.

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Blue Christmas service offers message of hope

Blue Christmas service offers message of hope  15 views

Christmas is not joyous for everyone. Those dealing with job losses, living with cancer or chronic illness, facing divorce or separation, grieving deaths of loved ones, facing disconnection from family, struggling with finances, and other stressful life events and situations find feeling blue in stark contrast to constant images and messages that it's the most wonderful time of the year.

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Delta

BLM proposes increased flexibility and access in sage-grouse plans

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed plan amendments addressing greater sage-grouse conservation on public land in Colorado.

The proposed plan amendments aim to better align BLM resource management plans with state plans for conserving sage-grouse populations, strike a regulatory balance and build greater trust among neighboring interests in Western communities.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 12, 2018

Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Fox Court for a report of eggs being thrown at the residence. Investigation resulted in a 13-year-old female of Delta receiving a ticket for alleged second degree criminal tampering.

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Psychiatric facility opens in Grand Junction

The new West Springs Hospital, located at 515 28 3/4 Road in Grand Junction, is proud to open its doors. Medical director Frank Lotrich, MD and hospital administrator Kim Boe offered tours of the 63,000-square-foot facility during a grand opening celebration.

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Scouts offer fresh citrus

Troop 485 Boy Scouts and Pack 485 Cub Scouts are selling fresh Arizona citrus fruit. This fruit will arrive from Arizona throughout the winter months, with the first shipment expected Dec. 17, just in time for Christmas.

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Optimism surrounds open enrollment

We are five weeks into this open enrollment and in Delta County our early numbers are already above last year's record-setting pace. The number of initial sign-ups is the strongest start to an open enrollment period we have seen since opening six years ago.

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Man jailed after assault with knife

Man jailed after assault with knife

On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.

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North Fork

After frustrating four years, Paonia ready to bring water tank online

After frustrating four years, Paonia ready to bring water tank online

It's been a long, grueling process, replete with problems and high costs and overseen by two town managers and a town administrator. But Paonia's one-million-gallon Clock Water Treatment Plant is expected to go on line shortly after the new year.

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CD release party a world music tour

CD release party a world music tour

About five years ago, David and Arlyn Alderdice purchased a Zimbabwean-style marimba, a large, flat, table-like instrument with big keys that, when struck with a mallet, resonates with beautiful sound. Musicians and teachers, they wanted an instrument they could play at belly-level for their unborn baby boy.

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Planning commission member sought in Hotchkiss

Are you interested in helping to plan the future of the Town of Hotchkiss? Now is your chance to become a member of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.

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Paonia sets holiday schedule for town services

If you have business to do with the Town of Paonia before year's end, you'd best get it done before Christmas.

Town trustees approved closure of Town Hall from Tuesday, Dec. 25, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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Paonia activist awarded legal fees

A judge has ordered a Texas-based oil and gas company to pay attorney fees to a Paonia environmental activist whom it sued for libel after he posted a critical comment on the website of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

In June, Delta County District Court Judge Steven Schultz dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by SG Interests I, Ltd. against Pete Kolbenschlag, finding that his online comment was "substantially true."

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Paonia has opening on planning commission

The Town of Paonia is seeking to fill a seat recently vacated on the town planning commission.

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Surface Creek

Comments sought on proposal to name CHS track for Jack Kehmeier

Comments sought on proposal to name CHS track for Jack Kehmeier

Delta County Joint School District #50 is welcoming comments on a proposal to name the track at Cedaredge High School in honor of longtime track coach and educator Jack Kehmeier.

Kehmeier died Aug. 16, 2000, at the age of 78.

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Countdown underway for community Christmas dinner

Volunteers and donors have less than two weeks to help organizers get ready for this year's free community Christmas dinner. The annual holiday meal will be served on Dec. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town at the intersection of South Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65) and SW 2nd Street.

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Cedaredge trustees to approve town budget Dec. 13

Following a series of public budget work sessions and the public publication of a draft budget, the Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet in regular session Dec. 13 to officially adopt the town's 2019 budget. Time is allotted for constituent comments at the start of all regular board of trustee meetings.

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Orchard City trustees disagree on drought actions

After making some adjustments to the agenda, the Orchard City Board of Trustees began its Dec. 5 work session by continuing the discussion on tiny home building regulations. "The hope is to ease some of the restrictions on building a normal home," said Mayor Ken Volgamore.

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Garden club members craft wreaths with nature's bounty

For our November meeting, members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club took advantage of Mother Nature's bounty of the fall season, gathering seed pods, dried grasses and fresh greenery to make wreaths which will decorate our homes, inside and out, until (and even after) Christmas decorations take center stage. Club member Barb Klein demonstrated how to attach these items to numerous types of wreath forms, showing us how different textures and colors can produce the best results using the products at our fingertips.

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Cedaredge trustees discuss liquor tasting regulations

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, Dec. 6. Typically the trustees meet for work sessions on the second Thursday of each month and for regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month but December's meetings were adjusted to allow for the upcoming holidays.

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Opinion

Fishing license increase hits senior citizens

Thank you CPW for my 2018 Christmas present! I am referring to the 800 percent (not a typo) fee increase in the cost of my fishing license.

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Thanks for the memories

I received the Oct. 17 edition of the Delta County Independent and scanned through the pages to see if I might find a name that I'd recognized. I got to section D and on that last page found "Visiting with June."

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Staff turnover is worrisome

When I read the Oct. 17 articles "DCMH expands..." and "DCMH introduces new personnel" I had several questions for the hospital administration and board of directors.

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Put the shoe on the other foot

My name is Alan Story. I am a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran.

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Young hero would have been better choice

Kudos to the DCI for highlighting the article on the front page of the Nov. 28, 2018, issue of a ne'er-do-well criminal, Dan-David Lamon, when deserved 9-year-old Tia Homedew from Crawford performed a totally selfless and heartfelt act of making quilts for traumatized children.

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Thanks for highlighting those who make a difference

The national and world news can be bleak and demoralizing. Thanks to the DCI for presenting stories of people who have done many positive things in our community in the past week.

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Sports

Collins named to WSL elite VB team

Collins named to WSL elite VB team

Hotchkiss senior volleyball player Carson Collins was named to the 2A/1A Western Slope League all-conference team for 2018. Collins, a middle blocker/hitter, was ranked second in the conference in blocks with 136 -- 67 solo and 69 assists, third in the conference in hitting with 174 kills in 385 attacks, and sixth in kills.

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OTM subscriptions available

Delta County sports writers are approved to use Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings each week they come out.

Only a certain number of individuals and teams are to be used in writing stories to discourage non-subscription followers unlimited access to information found each week.

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Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

Paonia senior Poppy Lightfoot was named to the 2018 Western Slope League All-Conference First Team in volleyball. A three-year varsity player, Lightfoot was ranked second in the league in kills and hitting percentage with 312 in 971 attacks.

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Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team

Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team

Nine Paonia football players earned a spot on this year's 1A Western Slope conference teams.

Six players made the 1A WSL first team.

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Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar

Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar

Delta senior Ryan Cooper has signed a letter of intent to pursue his love of golf at Lamar Community College and seek a degree in business management.

Cooper has been in Delta's golf program for several years and was a member of last year's DHS golf team.

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Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders

Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders

Three Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned Class 1A Western Slope All-Conference football honors for 2018, and two were named to the All-Conference first team.

In nine games, junior running back Jace Peebles rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in 136 carries, 278 yards on kick returns, and 81 yards on punt returns for a total 1,440 all-purpose yards.

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What's Happening

Cookie walk raises scholarship funds for community preschool

Cedaredge's Little Sprouts Community Preschool is once again hosting its annual cookie walk fundraiser. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Grand Mesa Arts and Event Center at 195 West Main Street.

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Ag conference emphasizes 'Healthy Fields, Farmers, Futures'

Local farmers and ranchers take center stage with nationally known speakers at the seventh annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, Jan. 25-26, in Montrose. Friday half-day sessions are held at the Montrose Fairgrounds and Saturday workshops at the Montrose Pavilion.

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Christian Perspectives class to be offered in Delta

A 16-week course called "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is being offered starting Jan. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church in Delta. The classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night from Jan. 8 to April 30.

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Children's Winter Fair set for Dec. 15

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies will host its annual Children's Winter Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Paonia Elementary School.

Join NFSIS students, parents and teachers for a hands-on, family-centered, merry-making day of crafts for children.

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Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20

Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20

The Radio Room proudly presents The Scones in concert Thursday, Dec. 20. The Radio Room is located at 1310 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction.

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Sign up for K-2 basketball

Little hoopsters, it's time to lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of K-2 basketball. Practices will be held Saturday mornings starting Jan. 12.

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