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Delta

Alvey reappointed to Colorado River board

At their Dec. 3 meeting the Delta Board of County Commissioners reappointed Tom Alvey to the Colorado River Water Conservation District Board.

Alvey has served on the CRWCD board since 2009, and as president of the board for the last two years.

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CAFO group presents findings to planners, BoCC

One of the recommendations of the county Master Plan adopted in May 2018 was to form a Concentrated Animal Feed Operation (CAFO) working group to help the county define and develop regulations for CAFOs.

The CAFO working group and county staff met with Delta County Commissioners and county planning commission members Dec. 5 to discuss their findings.

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Conservation district honors Brent Hines and Bill Roberts
Conservation district honors Brent Hines and Bill Roberts

More than 50 citizens attended last Friday's annual meeting of the Delta Conservation District (DCD). The gathering took place at the Orchard City Town Hall.

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County adopts $36.6M budget

At a special meeting on Dec. 6, the county commissioners adopted the 2019 budget in the amount of $36,617,003.

This amount includes $12,388,739 for the General Fund;

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DA: Don't hesitate to discuss scams

There are a number of topics, beginning with politics and religion, that families may want to avoid this holiday season, but there's one subject that law enforcement officials say should definitely be addressed -- scams that target the unsuspecting and the elderly.

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DCED announces quarterly meeting

Delta County Economic Development announces its next quarterly business meeting, to be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in Cedaredge. Investors are invited to attend the meeting, which will include a light lunch.

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Delta historian publishes again

Delta historian Jim Wetzel announces the publication of his fifth book capturing more of the history of the area. His new book, titled "A History of Delta, Colorado and Beyond," is a collection of many historical articles he has written over the past 20 years, some of which have appeared in prior issues of the Delta County Independent in years past.

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Funding available for on-farm hydro projects

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking applicants for on-farm agricultural hydropower projects. The total amount of available assistance for this round is $1,300,000.

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Health care plan selections increase

More than 156,000 Coloradans selected health care coverage for 2019 through the state health insurance Marketplace through Dec. 15, a rate 5 percent ahead of signups one year ago, according to new data released today by Connect for Health Colorado®.

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Holiday schedules

Delta County Libraries -- Delta County Libraries will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, for Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas Day, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day. All libraries will be closing at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 19, 2018

Officers responded to Taylor Funeral Home, 682 1725 Road, for suspicious activity.

Criminal mischief was reported at Alta Vista Apartments, 7108 Highway 50.

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Pearl Harbor remembered on 77th anniversary
Pearl Harbor remembered on 77th anniversary

Seventy-seven years after the attack, on Friday, Dec. 7, members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571 and Harry A. White American Legion Post 65, with their respective auxiliaries and assisted by Civil Air Patrol cadets and Junior ROTC cadets, presented a brief remembrance service for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, "the day that will live in infamy."

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Spiritual traditions to embrace
Spiritual traditions to embrace

The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, and there's certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts that will show your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them.

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Veterans remember POWs, MIAs at holiday dinner
Veterans remember POWs, MIAs at holiday dinner

About 40 members and former members of the Harry A. White American Legion Post 65 and its ladies auxiliary attended a holiday dinner Dec. 10. It was billed as a holiday dinner because it was too late for Thanksgiving and too early for Christmas, both important family holidays for many veterans.

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Opinion

$2 monthly increase creates a dilemma

Mr. Fick totally missed the point of my letter regarding the CPW fishing license fee increase. I was using the CPW fee as an example as to how our society cares for its citizens.

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Accusations of 'ex-parte communication' aren't fair

In the Dec. 12 edition of the DCI the local Libertarian Party chairman attempted to misrepresent a statement made by Mayor Ron Austin. The use of the term "ex-parte communication" by Jay Stooksberry is a distortion of what Austin said. I know because I was at that meeting with about 20 other citizens

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Caring professionals exemplify Christmas spirit

I'm writing to publicly thank Good Samaritans Dr. Allan Miller and nurse practitioner, Alice Marie Slavon-Emond, who timely assisted in treating a man in distress during the community concert, Leon Sings Noel, on Monday evening, Dec. 10, at the Delta Performing Arts Center. Other members of the audience, whose identities are unknown to me, helped as the doctor and nurse took the lead in stabilizing the man (who is not named to protect his privacy) until EMTs could arrive, treat him and transport him to the hospital.

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Error made in meeting date

I noticed a mistake in my last letter to the editor.

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Paonia mayor explains why town filed suit


As mayor, I think it is important to explain why the Paonia Board of Trustees decided to file a lawsuit in response to Bill Brunner's demand that documents related to an employee complaint be made public.

On July 11, 2016, Eric Pace, a town employee, filed a complaint against former town administrator, Jane Berry, claiming that she harassed him in regard to a worker's compensation claim he was asserting against the town.

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What's Happening

AARP offers drivers ed

The AARP Smart Driver program will be offered at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 21, Monday, Feb. 18 and Monday, March 18.

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Apply now for special crop grants

Colorado's specialty crop producers can benefit from the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (SCBGP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). CDA is currently accepting applications.

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Recreation center hosts basketball skills challenge

The Denver Nuggets Basketball Skills Challenge comes to Bill Heddles Recreation Center Monday, Jan. 7. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; competition is scheduled at 10 a.m.

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Retirement reception planned

After 27 years of service to Delta County, 16 of them as sheriff, Fred McKee is retiring from office.

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Soil health conference dates set

Mark your calendar for the Western Colorado Soil Health Conference, to be held Feb. 21-22 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts.

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Volunteers invited to bird count

Hawk-eyed volunteers are invited to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 16 through Jan. 5.

Each year, the bird count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could not accomplish on their own.

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Webinars coming in January on wild and scenic rivers

The U.S. Forest Service will publish a draft Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Report for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests on Jan. 2. This will begin a 30-day comment period.

The Forest Service is looking for input on which rivers and streams should be considered for inclusion.

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What's happening at your library? Dec. 19, 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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Winter dance begins Jan. 15

The winter dance session begins at Bill Heddles Recreation Center the week of Jan. 15. Instructor Linda Dysart offers classes in beginning ballet, intermediate ballet, advanced jazz/ballet, beginning jazz, intermediate jazz and preschool dance.

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Community

Births Dec. 19, 2018

Jericho Rose and William Robert Skultka of Olathe are the parents of a son, William Malcolm Skultka, born Dec. 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.75 inches in length.

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People in the News Hill

Logan Charles Hill of Hotchkiss was among 1,528 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises Dec. 14 and 15.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the fall 2018 term.

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Russell, Holiman exchange vows
Russell, Holiman exchange vows

Savannah Brooke Russell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Russell of Paonia, and Joshua Landon Holiman, son of James Holiman and the late Emma Holiman of Austin, were married on Dec. 8, 2018.

The ceremony and reception were held at The Turn of the Century Saloon with Joshua's father, James Holiman, officiating the ceremony.

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School Zone

50J evaluates requirements for naming school facilities

A proposal to name the track at Cedaredge High School in honor of longtime teacher/coach Jack Kehmeier has prompted Delta County Joint School District #50 to step back and review policies in place for the naming of school district facilities.

Comments are currently being sought on a suggestion the track and field between the campus of CHS and CMS be named the Jack Kehmeier Track and Field Facility.

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Christmas break

Delta County schools wrap up the first semester of the 2018-19 school year on Friday; students and staff will be on Christmas break Dec. 24 through Jan. 7. Staff returns to work on Monday, Jan. 7, for an in-service day.

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High altitude challenge fuels critical thinking
High altitude challenge fuels critical thinking

For the fourth year in a row, Delta High School instructor Ben Magtutu has issued a high-altitude challenge to his AP Physics II students.

This year's class aspires to climb to heights that have eluded the previous three teams.

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School district mill levy holds steady

Assessed valuation in Delta County dropped by $2 million in 2018, but the school district mill levy remains steady. The general fund mill levy, which has been frozen at 22.656 by the state for over 10 years, according to Jim Ventrello, Delta County Joint School District #50 business manager, is expected to generate an estimated $7,817,765.

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Obituaries

Albert Every
Albert Every

Albert J. Every, a longtime resident of Hotchkiss, died Dec. 8, 2018. He was 93.

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Dennis Turner
Dennis Turner

Longtime Hotchkiss resident Dennis Turner died Dec. 11, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

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John William (Bill) Quain
John William (Bill) Quain

John William (Bill) Quain was born Sept. 21, 1930, to William Henry Quain and Gertrude Ellen Quain at Phoenix, Ariz. He attended school in Phoenix, Mesa, Winkelman, Mammoth, and Arizona areas where the family lived until 1947 when they moved to the Mayer area.

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Larry Kuepfer

Larry Kuepfer died Dec. 15, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 60.

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Norman Shetley

Delta resident Norman E. Shetley died Dec. 17, 2018, at Horizons Care Center. He was 94.

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Roger Kent Neely
Roger Kent Neely

Longtime Delta resident, Roger Kent Neely, passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home in Delta, Colorado. He was 73 years old.


A viewing will be held from 6pm-7pm, Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Service chapel in Delta, Colorado. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, December 21, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Service chapel in Delta, Colorado. Interment will follow at Pea Green Cemetery.

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Sharon Gray
Sharon Gray

Longtime Pea Green resident Sharon Ann Gray died Dec. 11, 2018, at her home. She was 68.

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North Fork

Applications sought for Paonia planning commission opening

The Town of Paonia is accepting committee volunteer interest forms from in-town residents wishing to serve on the planning commission. The appointment is necessary to replace former commissioner Dave Knutson, who was recently appointed to the board of trustees.

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Crawford approves new water rates

In November the Crawford Board of Trustees approved new water rates for the town, but a typographical error in the resolution brought the matter back to the board at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The correct rates were approved in Resolution No. 3 Amended.

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Crawford woman contributes to research into disability access
Crawford woman contributes to research into disability access

The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, protects people with disabilities against discrimination in employment settings, state and local government services, and public-serving businesses.

As vacation rental properties such as Air-bnb and VRBO grow in demand and straddle the line between private residences and public business, how or if ADA applies was -- until recently -- somewhat unclear.

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Dodgeball tourney benefits American Legion
Dodgeball tourney benefits American Legion

The seventh annual Winter Warrior dodgeball tournament at Paonia High School was held Wednesday, Dec. 5. The tournament, bake sale, live auction and chili dinner raised more than $3,000 for the American Legion Post 97 in Paonia.

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Kindergarteners given gift of building birdhouses
Kindergarteners given gift of building birdhouses

Paonia Junior-Senior High School students recently shared their wood-building skills with kindergarteners at Paonia Elementary School. Children, big and small, worked together to open their own version of Santa's Workshop by building birdhouses for their families and friends.

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Paonia moving to three-day trash pickup
Paonia moving to three-day trash pickup

In an effort to increase efficiency and use of staff time, the Town of Paonia is moving to a three-day trash pick-up route schedule, effective Jan. 2. The routes are divided into three zones (see map).

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Paonia trustees consider first liquor sales room

At the Dec. 11 board meeting, Paonia trustees considered something new: an application to the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division for a downtown liquor sales room.

The first of its kind to come before the board, the application by North Fork Cellars LLC, DBA Big B's Hard Cider, allows for a liquor sales room at Trader Mags, 211 Grand Avenue.

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Railroad crossing to be closed

Union Pacific Railroad is closing the Cedar Street crossing in Hotchkiss beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The crossing is not expected to reopen until 4 p.m.

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Retirement celebration planned for Jan Ryan

After 18 years with the Crawford Community Library, Jan Ryan is retiring.

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Surface Creek

Eagle Scout candidate proposes soccer kick wall
Eagle Scout candidate proposes soccer kick wall

The Orchard City Board of Trustees met on Dec. 12 for one last meeting before the end of the year. The agenda covered various ordinances and resolutions to finalize 2018.

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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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Powderhorn opens for ski season

Powderhorn Mountain Resort has opened for the ski season on Grand Mesa, with 75 percent of the total terrain open and all chairlifts in operation.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 19, 2018
What's bugging you? Dec. 19, 2018

This column concludes my three part series on "Tree-ology" or, the way trees work and what we can do to help them. And by the way, what we have been discussing works mostly for shrubs and other plants.

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