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New runway paves the way for airport growth

Mark and Cheryl Husmann, owners of Smiling Aviation and the managers of Blake Field, hosted a Christmas open house in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reconstructed main runway, Runway 3-21.The Husmann...

Paonia schools welcome first SRO

You might say that Paonia Police Officer Taffine Patterson is going back to school. On Tuesday morning, Patterson became the first School Resource Officer to patrol the halls of Paonia Elementary and Junior Senior High school...

Cedaredge pastor gives opening prayer for 2019 legislative session

Joe Agne, pastor of Cedaredge United Methodist Church, was invited to give the opening prayer for the opening day of the 2019 Colorado legislative session."I think it is important that our new speaker of the House has chosen ...

Climbing is a popular winter activity

Standing at 25 feet tall, the Cedaredge Middle School climbing wall is impressive. The plywood-covered steel structure embodies the hard work and dedication not only of those who fundraised to make it possible, but also those...

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Probable cause found for murder charge  469 views

During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.

Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.

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Dirt flies at ball complex groundbreaking

Dirt flies at ball complex groundbreaking  357 views

Delta County Commissioner Mark Roeber remembers when the ball fields located at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss were first built. It was then-commissioner Ted Hayden and others, he recalled, who led the charge to get the fields approved.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 16, 2019  264 views

Jan. 6:

Officers responded to Delta County Memorial Hospital to assist a Colorado State Patrol trooper with an arrestee.

Jan. 7:

An officer responded to Tayshen Automotive, 135 Eaton Avenue, for a theft.

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Delta

DMEA seeks applicants for John Gavan's board seat

Last month, John Gavan, a longtime board member of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), was appointed by the then Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

"This appointment is a great honor for John and DMEA.

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Hang up on spoofed Social Security calls

There's a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called "spoofing" to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number -- often one that looks legit. Here are few things the Federal Trade Commission says you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

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El Pomar Foundation approves $93,750 to regional nonprofits

El Pomar trustees approved $93,750 allocated to seven nonprofit organizations in the San Juan region at the foundation's September and December trustees meetings. Through the foundation's grant processes, the following organizations were grant recipients:

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 16, 2019

Jan. 6:

Officers responded to Delta County Memorial Hospital to assist a Colorado State Patrol trooper with an arrestee.

Jan. 7:

An officer responded to Tayshen Automotive, 135 Eaton Avenue, for a theft.

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Accident involves 5 vehicles, 3 injuries

At approximately 5:14 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Maverik Convenience, 101 Highway 92, for a multiple vehicle crash in the parking lot. Investigation revealed five vehicles were involved, three people were injured and three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

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City receives funds to fight black market marijuana

The Delta Police Department will receive up to $31,000 to investigate unlicensed marijuana cultivation and distribution operations.

Funds for the gray and black market marijuana enforcement grants come from the state's marijuana tax and are allocated by the state legislature through the marijuana enforcement division.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss marshal gives year-end review

For 2018, the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office wrote 526 summons, 513 of which concerned traffic violations. A total of 140 warnings were issued; again the vast majority were for traffic offenses.

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Paonia residents reminded to clear snow and ice

The Paonia Police Department reminds the public that with snowfall comes a reminder to clear sidewalks. In light of recent snowstorms, the department has begun enforcement of town code addressing snow and ice removal from sidewalks.

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Crawford okays kitchen rental to local garlic farmer

In December, Jan Hoffman of J&M Farm near Crawford, approached town council to ask if it would consider a reduced rate for extended use of the commercial kitchen at Crawford Town Council. She was asked to come back in January with a written proposal.

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Probable cause found for murder charge

During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.

Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.

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Dirt flies at ball complex groundbreaking

Dirt flies at ball complex groundbreaking

Delta County Commissioner Mark Roeber remembers when the ball fields located at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss were first built. It was then-commissioner Ted Hayden and others, he recalled, who led the charge to get the fields approved.

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Drug lab dismantled in Paonia garage

Just 24 hours after taking office, Sheriff Mark Taylor coordinated a massive investigation into a suspected drug lab in the garage of a residence on Highway 133 in Paonia.

The initial tip was given to a patrol deputy, who passed the information to a sheriff's investigator.

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Surface Creek

Garden club prepares for interesting year of programs

Friday, Dec. 14, found the members of the Plant & Dig Garden club gathered in a very nice private room at the Creekside Restaurant (different from what had been reported in last month's article) for our annual Christmas gathering and gift exchange. Gloria Good, our outgoing president, started the festivities off with questions for everyone about Christmas.

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GMAEC announces 2019 concert series

From January to July 2019, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host a wide range of local, regional and national touring artists. Each concert will feature singer/songwriters and emphasize the storytelling process.

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Cedaredge church offers free coats to those in need

Cedaredge church offers free coats to those in need

With the handcrafted manger at Cedaredge United Methodist Church overflowing with coats for those in need, the church will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, for anyone needing a coat to come get one free of charge. There are about 40 coats for children, youth and adult women and men.

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CUMC to show film in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Cedaredge United Methodist Church will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with a showing of "Soundtrack for a Revolution," the acclaimed documentary produced by Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman and others. The film, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the church, examines the importance of music during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Outdoorsman shares experiences of Alaska adventures, poetry

Outdoorsman shares experiences of Alaska adventures, poetry

A modest crowd of about 40 attendees gathered for an afternoon of storytelling and poetry Dec. 30 at the Grand Mesa Arts & Event Center. As the last event for 2018, this matinee featured guest AJ Slagle sharing true stories from his Alaskan adventures and reciting poetry by Robert Service from the gold rush era.

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Cedaredge to add subdivision; cottage homes predicted

On Thursday, Jan. 10, the Cedaredge board of trustees convened for a work session discussing two items: contract revisions from Western Gravel Constructors (WGC) and a proposal for Orchard Meadows subdivision.

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Opinion

Support border funding

I sympathize with government employees, but if Republicans give in on the shutdown, we'll never get border security. Please contact Congress (202) 224-3121; congress.org/contact).

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Resolve to dispose of medications safely

Here's a simple resolution that not only benefits you but the community: get rid of any expired and unused medications by taking them to a permanent drop box location in Delta.

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Letters reveal personal grudge

Week after week, a person who calls herself a citizen reporter writes "articles" in the form of letters to the editor, always about county employees rather than elected officials. Her one-sided pieces are generally about one employee in particular, calling that person out by name.

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Delta City Council should take a step back

Delta voters thought they were voting for medical marijuana. You see, it's all in the wording; another ballot question deception.

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A plan to unite all behind Trump

I have a sure plan that will enable the Democrats to increase the amount of "positive" they do for their constituents and the nation after the next presidential election. They really haven't achieved much in the last two years because they've been so busy bashing President Trump.

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Deltagate reveals a bigger picture

My earlier letter to the editor revealing moonlighting and timesheet/billing anomalies on the part of Delta County employee Elyse Ackerman Casselberry has many people talking. That's good; it means I've hit a nerve.

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Sports

Injury leads to coaching stint for sidelined Paonia athlete, Mautz

Injury leads to coaching stint for sidelined Paonia athlete, Mautz

Paonia High School senior Taralee Mautz was looking forward to her final year of sports. A third-year varsity hitter on the volleyball team, in the third match of the season and she went up for a block. "I just came down wrong," she said.

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Paonia girls regroup after Hayden loss for win over West Grand

Paonia girls regroup after Hayden loss for win over West Grand

The Paonia girls played two very different basketball games over the weekend.

In Friday's 36-19 loss to the Hayden Tigers (1-2, 5-6, 2A Western Slope League) the team committed 42 turnovers and missed 21 free throws.

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Mixed results seen in Cedaredge basketball

Mixed results seen in Cedaredge basketball

Basketball action heated up Cedaredge on the cold night of Friday, Jan. 11, when the Bruins hosted the Aspen Skiers. The gymnasium at the Bruins' cave was simmering nicely as the winter weather blustered.

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Hotchkiss girls win three; boys take two of three last week

Hotchkiss girls win three; boys take two of three last week

The Hotchkiss girls are well on their way to their first winning record since the 2013-2014 season after winning straight conference games last week. The Bulldogs stretched their league record to 3-1, their winning streak to four games, and their overall win-loss record to 9-2.

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Paonia boys knock off Tigers, Mustangs

Paonia boys knock off Tigers, Mustangs

They had to hustle, but the Paonia boys managed a 46-41 conference win Saturday over West Grand.

Paonia took an early lead, led by senior David Lozano's two three-pointers and 12 first-half points.

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Paonia, Delta wrestle in TOC in Vernal, Utah

Paonia wrestlers opened the new year at the Tournament of Champions at Vernal, Utah. The annual tournament attracted 30 teams from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

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What's Happening

Ag conference geared to farmers, gardeners

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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Rock Wranglers meet Feb. 7

Rock Wranglers meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1290 A Street, Delta.

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Ridgway State Park plans full moon hike

Ridgway State Park plans full moon hike

If you're looking for a howling good time, plan to take a hike under the full moon at Ridgway State Park Saturday, Jan. 19.

The park will supply snowshoes for adults and children if necessary.

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Music, dance show features FEAST, Irish dance superstar

The Western Slope Concert Series will present an exciting Celtic music and dance show, "Irish Thunder," in three shows -- Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 at the Love Recital Hall at Colorado Mesa University and on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.

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Fish, skate, ski, sled at Crawford State Park

Crawford State Park will offer a variety of fun events on Saturday, Jan. 26. Visit the park for ice fishing, ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing.

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Pea Green Saturday Nights return

Pea Green Saturday Nights return

It will soon be time for the 2019 season of another Pea Green Saturday Night, and all of you are invited. Come to the Pea Green Community Center for an evening of old-time and bluegrass music and humor on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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