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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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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 9, 2019  658 views

Officers responded to a property on Ute Street for a possible trespass.

An officer responded to the 100 block of E. 4th Street for a two-vehicle crash. No injuries were reported or observed.

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Delta hopes to cash in on tourism  442 views

City of Delta officials are enthused about a local effort to increase tourism revenue in partnership with Delta County Tourism and the Colorado Tourism Office.

The city was one of two communities in Colorado to qualify for CRAFT 201 -- Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism, a grant through the Colorado Tourism Office.

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County begins process of updating land development regulations  432 views

On Jan. 9, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners is holding its first work session meeting with members of the consulting team selected to work with the county to update the county's land development regulations. The discussion will focus on the community involvement process.

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Delta

New runway paves the way for airport growth

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 Husmanns report that the existing runway was about 28 years old and might have lasted another 10 if not for some water working its way underneath the northeast end.

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Delta hopes to cash in on tourism

City of Delta officials are enthused about a local effort to increase tourism revenue in partnership with Delta County Tourism and the Colorado Tourism Office.

The city was one of two communities in Colorado to qualify for CRAFT 201 -- Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism, a grant through the Colorado Tourism Office.

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K-9 Raico locates suspect in field

On Dec. 27, at approximately 12:33 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Safeway on a report of a shoplifter. As officers arrived, the male subject ran east across Stafford Lane, behind Taco Bell and into the brush field.

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County begins process of updating land development regulations

On Jan. 9, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners is holding its first work session meeting with members of the consulting team selected to work with the county to update the county's land development regulations. The discussion will focus on the community involvement process.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 9, 2019

Officers responded to a property on Ute Street for a possible trespass.

An officer responded to the 100 block of E. 4th Street for a two-vehicle crash. No injuries were reported or observed.

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Health coverage

The open enrollment period for health insurance through the Colorado marketplace ends Jan. 15. In Delta County, 1,069 residents have enrolled in private health insurance. Households, on average, are saving $1,114 a month on their premium.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss alumni recognize classified staff members

Hotchkiss alumni recognize classified staff members

The Hotchkiss Alumni Association recognizes a certified staff member each year with a $100 award in December.

This year's winner at Hotchkiss K-8 is Carla Shreve.

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Paonia planning commission announces two meetings

The Paonia Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, to discuss updating the town's planning agreement with Delta County with county Community and Economic Development Director Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry.

Ackerman-Casselberry will discuss the possibility of including not only the 2010 Highway 133 Corridor Master Plan (available at townofpaonia.com, under "Government," "Town Code") but an entire three-mile plan along with the creation of a small, comprehensive planning area surrounding the town.

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Patrick Dooling chosen to lead Conservation Center

Patrick Dooling chosen to lead Conservation Center

An interest in how landscapes form has led Patrick Dooling to study volcano geology in Iceland, earthquake geology in southern California, and sedimentation in southern Utah. Since 2016 he's focused on protecting the lands, air, water and wildlife resources in the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

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Paonia schools welcome first SRO

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 schools.

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Paonia once again designated Tree City USA

Paonia once again designated Tree City USA

The Town of Paonia will once again be designated Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Tree City USA is a national recognition program of the Arbor Day Foundation founded in 1976 to celebrate the importance of urban tree canopies and their care.

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Paonia approves policies, fees for 'de-annexation'

While owners of qualifying parcels of land have a right under Colorado statute to petition for annexation into municipal boundaries, owners of qualifying property within town limits also have a right to petition for de-annexation, also known as "disconnection."

At the Dec. 11 board meeting, Paonia trustees unanimously adopted a four-page ordinance amending town code by establishing policies and procedures for disconnecting lands from town boundaries.

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Surface Creek

What's bugging you? January 9, 2019

Did you ever wonder where the tradition of an indoor decorated Christmas tree came from? There have been many ideas put forth but I'll limit this discussion to just a very few.

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Annual meeting scheduled

The Surface Creek Community Services food bank will be conducting its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church

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Cedaredge pastor gives opening prayer for 2019 legislative session

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 a Western Slope pastor to be Chaplain of the Day as the 2019 Legislature opens.

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It's time to renew your business license

As area businesses wind down 2018 and begin planning for a successful 2019, the Town of Cedaredge would like to remind everyone that it is time to apply for or renew your 2019 business license.

Any company conducting any sort of business transaction within town limits -- regardless of where your business is physically located -- is required to be licensed per Cedaredge municipal code.

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OC trustees debate leaks, drought options

First on the Jan. 2 work session agenda for the Orchard City Board of Trustees was discussion of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Delta County.

Emergency preparedness coordinator Kris Stewart walked through the improvements made to the plan and what the next five years will entail, such as grant monitoring and check-ins with the planning committee.

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Climbing is a popular winter activity

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 who now utilize the wall.

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Opinion

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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Walls work

MIT and Yale University professors studying government data determined there are 22.1 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.

A Federation for American Immigration Reform analysis determined that taxpayers spend almost $135 billion each year on government programs (education, medical care, law enforcement, welfare, etc.) for illegals.

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It's time to call a Convention of States

There's a nationwide movement to call a Convention of States through Article V of the U.S. Constitution to propose constitutional amendments that will limit the scope, power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and return stolen authority back to the states. In 1787, Colonel George Mason feared that our federal government might someday get out of control, and insisted on adding this Article V provision to the Constitution.

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Do the math

The U.S. people never cease to amaze me! They are screaming NO, NO, NO at President Trump's request for funding of the border wall.

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Protect your health; test your home for radon

In Colorado, about 50 percent of homes have unhealthy radon levels; that's equivalent to every person in the home having 200 chest X-rays every year. This compares with only 6 percent of homes having unhealthy radon levels across the rest of the country.

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Sports

Paonia cagers compete

A new season with new circumstances has impacted Paonia High School basketball team in 2018-19.

Scott Rienks' girls are in a rebuilding process with young players supporting some veterans.

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Hotchkiss girls earn respect; boys play hard

Hotchkiss' girls basketball team has gained respect after getting off to a 6-2 start in the 2A District 5 League standings. The Bulldogs' two losses were against the top-seeded 1A team in the state, De Beque, and 3A Delta, which is fourth in RPI rankings and ninth among Class 3A teams.

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Cedaredge hardwood teams dangerous

The Bruins girls' basketball team is in the hunt for a 3A WSL title again in 2018-19. With a 5-2 record, Cedaredge's losses have been to Centauri and Delta.

Cedaredge's boys are having somewhat of a roller coaster ride so far this season and rest in fourth-place with a 4-3 record.

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Delta cage teams enjoying good start

Both the Delta High School boys and girls basketball teams are working hard to keep the success they have enjoyed at the beginning of the current season. Delta's girls are on top of the 3A WSL standings with a 6-1 record and the boys are currently third with a 5-2 record in the boys race.

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Cedaredge, Delta wrestle at Eagle Valley

Cedaredge, Delta wrestle at Eagle Valley

Two Delta County teams competed in last Saturday's (Jan. 5) Eagle Valley Invitational wrestling tournament in Gypsum.

Cedaredge was the top placer of the two local teams finishing with 142 points and second place.

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OTM releases early regional rankings

With five weeks remaining before regional wrestling tournaments on Feb. 15-16, On the Mat (OTM) has released individual rankings by region to start the new year.

The Colorado High School Activities Association made a few changes to the regions for the 2018-19 season.

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What's Happening

Registration opens for blood work

Delta County residents will want to mark their 2019 calendars for Delta County community-wide early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta.

Online registration through the hospital website is available for early blood draws or health fairs at deltahospital.org.

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Learn to paddleboard at the pool

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering an introduction to paddleboarding Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30.

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Ag finances, strategies featured in 2019 programs

The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) team will present three programs in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture.

The Financial Management Strategies program will cover topics including, risk management, business planning, enterprise budgeting, record keeping, interpretation of financial statements, and selecting farm financial software.

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Speaker offers tour of Fremont sites

On Jan. 16, Steven Baker of Centuries Research in Montrose will present "An Archaeological Tour of Important Fremont Sites on the Douglas Creek Arch, Rio Blanco County."

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Libraries host seed sorting parties

Delta County Libraries offers many unexpected things: Colorado State Parks passes for checkout, downloadable music, college test proctoring, online continuing education classes, meeting spaces, and much more.

The availability of these resources may remain surprising to some patrons because, traditionally, when people think of libraries, they think of books.

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AARP offers drivers ed

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP Smart Driver program Monday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws.

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