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Delta

Ballots mailed for FSA county committee election

Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clarice Navarro announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, to ensure their vote is counted.

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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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Colorado River District representative discusses drought contingency planning

Tom Alvey, representing the Colorado River District, met with Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber at their Nov. 5 meeting to give them an update regarding water availability from Lake Powell and Lake Mead to water users in the Upper Basin states and the Lower Basin states.

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Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries
Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries

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

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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Draft hazard mitigation plan enters public comment phase

Following more than a year of meetings between Delta County staff and key stakeholders, Delta County's draft 2018 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for public review and comment.

Delta County, the City of Delta, Orchard City, Cedaredge, Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss as well as five fire protection districts and the Delta County School District participated in the process of drafting the plan.

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Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

Calvary Baptist Church in Delta will serve as a drop-off site for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, Delta residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

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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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Kris Stewart to replace Jeff Wright as emergency manager

Jeffrey Wright will be leaving his post as head of the Delta County Office of Emergency Management, effective Dec. 1.

Wright moved to Delta County with his wife and their four children in 2013.

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Law enforcement blotter Nov. 7, 2018

At 3:57 a.m., officers responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 50 (South) near mile marker 77 to assist Colorado State Patrol.

Officers responded to Alta Vista de la Montana apartments, 7110 Highway 50, on a report of child abduction.

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LEAP launches online application for heating assistance program

Colorado's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), will kick-off the 2018-19 season with a new online application process for individuals and families needing heating assistance. Enrollment for the 2018-2019 program starts Nov. 1 and continues through April 30.

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Library closures

Delta County Libraries will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Parks admission is free for veterans, active military

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will honor all veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military, military reserve and National Guard on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with free admission to any of Colorado's 41 state parks.

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Sign up for Parade of Lights

Delta's Kickoff to Christmas, scheduled Saturday, Nov. 24, includes Small Business Saturday and the Parade of Lights. Contact the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 874-8616, for a parade application.

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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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Technical College of the Rockies student places in design contest
Technical College of the Rockies student places in design contest

Paul Pyles has been a student at Technical College of the Rockies for 1 1/2 years and is working his way through the technical CAD program, with both the technical CAD crafting and the architectural CAD drafting program under his belt. To say that Paul is a dedicated student is an understatement as he drives from Telluride every day; dedication is something near and dear to Paul's heart as he is a disabled Army veteran.

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Tractor Supply raises funds for 4-H'ers

Colorado​ 4-H youth will experience valuable hands-on learning opportunities as a result of Tractor Supply's 2018 paper clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser held in partnership with National 4-H Council. Colorado​ Tractor Supply stores collectively raised $18,889 in 2018 through donations made with purchases in store and online.

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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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Opinion

Believe in the promise of America

With everything happening in our world today and the upcoming election, things can seem overwhelming. Our hearts break over the senseless hatred that took precious lives in Pittsburgh.

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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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Thanks to our local election officials

As Election Day was looming I heard a lot of talk about "voter fraud." Well, how about here in Delta County?

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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What's Happening

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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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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What's happening at your library? Nov. 7, 2018

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Births Nov. 7, 2018

Brittni and Zack Love of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Rilynn Rae Love, born Oct. 20, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches in length.

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School Zone

Delta FFA Chapter hosts oyster fry and member auction
Delta FFA Chapter hosts oyster fry and member auction

Instead of having May flowers and light showers, members of the Delta High School FFA Chapter decided to host their annual oyster fry and member auction in the colors of fall and chilled winds.

Under the direction of Delta FFA Alumni organization to put less pressure on their supporters, they moved this to the fall.

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DHS shows gratitude through 11 for 11 Challenge

DHS Student Council presents an 11 for 11 Challenge during the month of November. The challenge involves 11 opportunities to show gratitude -- 11 acts as a school and 11 acts as an individual during the 11th month of the year.

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DHS students connect with Make-A-Wish Foundation

Delta High School students are always looking for ways to help out the community. Senior Reagan Clay thought out of the box this summer and found a way to help a family in our community along with other families in the United States.

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Obituaries

Colin Kurtz

Delta resident Colin Kurtz died Oct. 26, 2018, at the HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 67.

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Dona Lee Cockroft
Dona Lee Cockroft

Dona Lee Cockroft of Delta died Oct. 30, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 84.

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Frances Mallett

Crawford resident Frances M. Mallett died Oct. 24, 2018, at her residence. She was 80.

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Lee "Chuck" Farmer

Lee "Chuck" Farmer died Nov. 3, 2018. He was 80.

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Linda Bjork
Linda Bjork

Austin resident Linda J. Bjork died Nov. 4, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 73.

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Orlis Belvill

Delta resident Orlis Arlene Belvill died Nov. 2, 2018.

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Sylvia Ewing

Paonia resident Sylvia Lorraine Ewing died Oct. 30, 2018, at her home. She was 87.

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North Fork

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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Creamery Arts Center celebrates CCI grant

The Creamery Arts Center is pleased to announce it was awarded a $4,000 grant by the Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development for 2019. The funding is designated as general operating support.

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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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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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Gabrielle Louise releases music video depicting fight to stop fracking

Industry, by Gabrielle Louise, an award-winning Colorado singer/songwriter, tells the ongoing and true story of a small town in Colorado fighting the threat of oil and gas development. In process for almost a year, the public release of the song and accompanying music video coincides with a push by the Trump administration to expand fracking and oil and gas development across America's public lands, including around Paonia, Louise's hometown.

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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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Let your artistic spirit shine for Pioneer Christmas Festival

Calling 2-D and 3-D artists and all other creative people to participate in the Crawford "Pioneer Christmas Festival."

Pioneer Christmas Festival Auction items may be done in any medium you choose and present your artwork to be enjoyed and sold at auction on Nov. 30.

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Natasha Léger honored with national community award
Natasha Léger honored with national community award

Natasha Léger was one of four community advocates recently honored with the 2018 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship. Léger joins Ellen Gerhart and Rebecca Roter of Pennsylvania and Nalleli Cobo of California in receiving the national award.

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Prescribed burns planned in North Fork

Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns between mid-October through December, pending favorable weather, ground and vegetation conditions.

The objectives of prescribed pile burns is to reduce the risk of larger wildfires and improve ecosystem health by removing debris and vegetation, or fuels, through the planned ignition of slash piles.

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Veterans Day closures announced

Paonia Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, which officially falls on Sunday.

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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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Surface Creek

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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Fall Clean-up Day is this Saturday

The Town of Cedaredge is asking people to refrain from burning leaves. Instead, the town requests that residents bring yard and household trash to the public works parking lot from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. The public works parking lot is located at 160 SE High Country Avenue.

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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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It's a bazaar world out there

A few holiday craft shows have already come and gone but some big ones are still in the offing. It's time to mark the calendar so as not to miss local and regional bazaars.

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Veterans to be honored at events Friday and Saturday

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, this year so special events honoring those who serve and sacrifice will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Nov. 9, marks the Cedaredge High School veterans' celebration which begins with a school assembly at 10 a.m.

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