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Delta can't corral Broncos in grid loss

The cold, windy atmosphere in Kersey was a little too much for Delta's Panthers in last Saturday's first-round Class 2A State Football Championship playoff. Platte Valley's Broncos might have had more than just the weather to...

Paonia ends football play with Cougar loss

After opening the season on a shutout loss to Centauri, the Paonia Eagles overcame the odds to enter first-round state playoffs ranked 11th in the state. On a windy field in eastern Colorado, Paonia ended the season Saturday ...

Young Delta volleyball team out of playoffs

With a very young volleyball team to begin the 2018 campaign, Beth Nelson's Delta High School volleyball team took on the challenge of becoming better and playing well enough to make post-season play.The Panthers accomplished...

Innovative product is a win for ag, environment

Sediment from the Muddy River has piled up in the Paonia Reservoir, reducing active storage capacity and the amount of irrigation water available for agricultural producers in the North Fork Valley.At the same time, industry ...

Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades

While Nov. 11 is officially recognized as Veterans Day, two Delta residents have a plan to honor veterans every day of the year through beautification of the Garnet Mesa Trail.Jim Ball, a veteran of World War II, lives just a...

Demand for new homes is growing across the county

The City of Delta has issued 16 building permits for new single family homes this year, outpacing the combined total of permits issued in 2017 (six) and 2016 (seven).Delta County is seeing a similar increase, although new hom...

Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history

The North Fork Valley has lost one of its richest sources of local history. Lee McMurtry "Chuck" Farmer passed away Nov. 3. Farmer shared his passion for local history through presentations, field trips, and for the past few ...

Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

Last week, Good Food 100 honored Clint and MaryKay Buckner of the Buckner Family Farm and Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette of the Farm Runners distribution company as the 2018 Producer and Purveyor of the Year at...

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Election 2018  1537 views

The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.

With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.

Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.

Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.

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Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries

Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries  703 views

Alice Lister loves libraries, plain and simple. She loves the people. She loves the books. She loves the opportunities.

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Demand for new homes is growing across the county

Demand for new homes is growing across the county  645 views

The City of Delta has issued 16 building permits for new single family homes this year, outpacing the combined total of permits issued in 2017 (six) and 2016 (seven).

Delta County is seeing a similar increase, although new homes in unincorporated Delta County are measured not by building permits, but by septic permits.

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Election 2018

The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.

With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.

Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.

Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.

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BLM defers sale of North Fork parcels

The Bureau of Land Management announced last week the deferral of 58 parcels, including 74,516 acres in the North Fork, from the Dec. 13 oil and gas sale.

A statement issued by BLM Colorado Nov. 2 explains, "BLM Colorado is deferring parcels that contain big game habitat in cooperation with a request from the State of Colorado to delay leasing to allow consideration of further habitat protections.

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Demand for new homes is growing across the county

Demand for new homes is growing across the county

The City of Delta has issued 16 building permits for new single family homes this year, outpacing the combined total of permits issued in 2017 (six) and 2016 (seven).

Delta County is seeing a similar increase, although new homes in unincorporated Delta County are measured not by building permits, but by septic permits.

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Innovative product is a win for ag, environment

Innovative product is a win for ag, environment

Sediment from the Muddy River has piled up in the Paonia Reservoir, reducing active storage capacity and the amount of irrigation water available for agricultural producers in the North Fork Valley.

At the same time, industry leaders and environmentalists are looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines through the recovery and use of methane.

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Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades

Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades

While Nov. 11 is officially recognized as Veterans Day, two Delta residents have a plan to honor veterans every day of the year through beautification of the Garnet Mesa Trail.

Jim Ball, a veteran of World War II, lives just above the trail that he's walked "hundreds" of times.

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StoryWalk installed at Sweitzer Lake

Delta County Libraries, The Nature Connection (TNC), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife proudly present the StoryWalk® at Sweitzer Lake State Park in Delta. The installation of the StoryWalk® was made possible by funding provided by a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire Initiative grant, awarded to TNC in December 2017.

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North Fork

Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history

Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history

The North Fork Valley has lost one of its richest sources of local history. Lee McMurtry "Chuck" Farmer passed away Nov. 3. Farmer shared his passion for local history through presentations, field trips, and for the past few years, as president of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society.

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West Elk Layers gets okay from the county

Noah and Colleen Knox received approval for West Elk Layers, a confined poultry operation for 20,000 laying hens, cage free, from the county commissioners at their Nov. 5 meeting, under requirements set forth in the county's specific development regulations.

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Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

Last week, Good Food 100 honored Clint and MaryKay Buckner of the Buckner Family Farm and Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette of the Farm Runners distribution company as the 2018 Producer and Purveyor of the Year at the inaugural Eat. Drink. Think. Colorado Industry Celebration.

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Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity

Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity

On Nov. 1, over 40 people filled Memorial Hall to hold a kickoff meeting for the Hotchkiss Prosperity Plan. The purpose of this plan is to assess the economy to identify opportunities for local business development and economic growth.

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Blue Sage seeks photo and writing entries

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions of writings and photographs for the annual Convergence: Words and Images from the West Elks contest.

Formerly titled "Write On!" Convergence is an annual writing and photography contest providing opportunities for all genres and amateur and professional photographers to showcase their work.

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Crawford gearing up for Pioneer Christmas Festival

The Crawford Pioneer Christmas Festival is a week of holiday fun, beginning with the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23, and concluding with a community potluck and auction on Nov. 30.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Parade of Lights, set for Friday, Nov. 23.

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Sign up now for Back the Blue fundraising 5k

Joining in a nationwide effort to unite communities and recognize the dedication and sacrifices of law enforcement, the Cedaredge Police Department (CPD) will host a "Back the Blue" 5k run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Registration is ongoing for the 5k race which starts at 9 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Cedaredge town park.

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Harvest festival dinner planned

Eckert Presbyterian Church is preparing for its annual harvest festival dinner Wednesday, Nov. 14. A roast beef dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church at 13025 Highway 65, Eckert.

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Garden club takes trip to Milk and Honey Homestead

The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered early on our meeting day last month for our excursion to the Milk & Honey Homestead. This unique operation, owned by Tammi Boggan, features the sale of non-pasteurized milk.

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Arts center sets November calendar

The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host a variety of events and classes this month. Some activities require a fee and advance registration.

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Library launches 'Voices of the Western Slope' series

Library launches 'Voices of the Western Slope' series

Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center and Delta County Libraries present "Voices of the Western Slope," a series of entertaining, engaging, and informative presentations on noteworthy topics of the Western Slope.

The first presentation in the quarterly series is "The Ute Indians" with Alma Evans. Evans, PhD, has worked with the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose as a docent.

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Cedaredge 2019 budget is available

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees and town staff are continuing to work on the preliminary 2019 town budget leading up to adoption in December. The final draft budget has been submitted to the trustees and made available to the public.

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Opinion

Who does the county planner work for?

On Oct. 17, there was a joint meeting of the Crawford Area Planning Committee (CAPC) and the Delta County Planning Commission (DCPC) to discuss an application for a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) -- in this case a 20,000 hen egg laying facility on Fruitland Mesa. There were about equal numbers of public comments for and against this application.

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Planning system is broken in Delta County

Planning commissioners, last week, voted 7 to 1 to recommend approval of a new chicken barn on Fruitland Mesa. Some 60 residents attended the open meeting; nine spoke in favor and nine against.

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The Midnight Mining Company

In 1916 a new mining company was organized with many of the investors from this area. The mine was located in Pitkin County close to Aspen.

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Use and dispose of prescription meds properly

Strategies for addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic often include discussions of reducing or restricting access to opioids. It's important that conversation however address community members who have a genuine need for prescription pain medications.

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Too many trick-or-treaters!

I am a senior citizen residing in the Cedaredge Golf Course community. We had an overwhelming number of trick-or-treaters last night.

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Women have indeed come a long way

Nov. 7 will mark the 125th anniversary of Colorado women winning the right to vote and also the right to run for office. That date in 1893 saw passage of the first state referendum granting women's suffrage in U.S. history, and the amendment was co-sponsored by a Montrose County representative, J.T. Heath.

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Sports

Sports scene to change soon

With the loss of all Delta County schools in football, volleyball and soccer, the fall sports season comes to a close for 2018.

Cedaredge and Delta enjoyed successful seasons on the softball diamonds while area cross country athletes were, again, highly successful on the various trails and race courses in the state.

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Denver Christian loss ends Paonia volleyball

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team went 1-1 last Friday at the 2A Regional 2 tournament in Lakewood to end the season with a 14-11 overall record. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Calhan (10-14).

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Young Delta volleyball team out of playoffs

Young Delta volleyball team out of playoffs

With a very young volleyball team to begin the 2018 campaign, Beth Nelson's Delta High School volleyball team took on the challenge of becoming better and playing well enough to make post-season play.

The Panthers accomplished a lot in 2018, and gained valuable experience along the way.

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Paonia ends football play with Cougar loss

Paonia ends football play with Cougar loss

After opening the season on a shutout loss to Centauri, the Paonia Eagles overcame the odds to enter first-round state playoffs ranked 11th in the state. On a windy field in eastern Colorado, Paonia ended the season Saturday on a 21-13 first-round playoff loss to sixth-ranked Burlington.

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Delta can't corral Broncos in grid loss

Delta can't corral Broncos in grid loss

The cold, windy atmosphere in Kersey was a little too much for Delta's Panthers in last Saturday's first-round Class 2A State Football Championship playoff. Platte Valley's Broncos might have had more than just the weather to influence a 45-21 win that was a winning ticket to this weekend's next round against Delta rival, and No. 3 seed Basalt on Nov. 10.

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Bruins lose in volleyball play

The 2018 Cedaredge High School volleyball team was dynamite for a team boasting one senior. The Bruins cruised through the 2018 campaign and led the 3A WSL in wins for an early portion of the season and finished second (8-1) behind Coal Ridge, which finished with a 9-0 league mark.

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What's Happening

Men's city league basketball returns

The City of Delta Recreation Department is bringing men's city league basketball back to Delta. Six teams will participate, each with a guarantee of 10 games.

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AC/DC presents 'Trumpet Favorites'

Arts Coalition of Delta County concerts are now scheduled. The nonprofit organization asks the residents of Delta County for their support at two upcoming concerts.

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Archaeologist discusses ancient Puebloan sites

The Colorado Archaeological Society's November presentation will be about the distribution of pottery and artifacts at Guadalupe ruins on the Rio Puerco in New Mexico. David Batten of Montrose will present a case study of how using GIS computer analysis can uncover surprising information about ancient Puebloan sites.

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A capella chorus plans two concerts

The Del-Rose Chorus has joined a sister chorus in Grand Junction to become Grand Mesa A Capella Chorus. This means double the sound, more music and great shows.

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All ages can compete in annual chess tournament

All ages are invited to participate in the annual amateur chess tournament to be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 16 and under, which covers the awards.

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T-shirt fundraiser

Support your libraries AND get an awesome T-shirt! Those who donate $10 to Delta County Libraries' Foundation will receive a "Libraries Rock" T-shirt. Shirts are available at all five libraries in Delta County during the month of November.

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