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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 5, 2018  473 views

An officer took a report of a concern for welfare/possible missing person.

An officer responded to a suspicious incident in the 500 block of Grand Avenue.

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Atchley responds to criticism of budget  432 views

Prior to a budget hearing conducted by the Delta County Commissioners Monday morning, and during constituent time the morning of the commissioners' Dec. 3 meeting, Delta County Citizen Report president JoAnn Kalenak read a letter accusing the county of violating Colorado State Statutes in its preparation of the proposed 2019 budget.

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Paonia considers legal options after CORA ruling  372 views

A little more than two weeks after District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled that the Town of Paonia mishandled an open records request made by a former trustee, the town board met in executive session on Nov. 27 to discuss the outcome. The stated purpose of the closed meeting was to receive legal advice from town attorney Bo Nerlin specific to the case, which the town filed in 2017 against former trustee Bill Brunner on behalf of the Custodian of Record.

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Delta

Scouts offer fresh citrus

Troop 485 Boy Scouts and Pack 485 Cub Scouts are selling fresh Arizona citrus fruit. This fruit will arrive from Arizona throughout the winter months, with the first shipment expected Dec. 17, just in time for Christmas.

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Optimism surrounds open enrollment

We are five weeks into this open enrollment and in Delta County our early numbers are already above last year's record-setting pace. The number of initial sign-ups is the strongest start to an open enrollment period we have seen since opening six years ago.

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Man jailed after assault with knife

Man jailed after assault with knife

On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.

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After hours pharmacy recognizes hospital RN

After hours pharmacy recognizes hospital RN

Linda Speedie, RN was awarded a nursing certificate recognizing her for her exceptional collaboration from PipelineRX, an "after hours" pharmacy that DCMH has contracted with for the past five to six years. The certificate recognizes Speedie for her partnership and dedication to quality care while interacting with the PipelineRX pharmacists during night shifts, 6 p.m.- 6 a.m.

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Outdoor recreation drives the economy

Human-powered outdoor recreation is a major economic engine on the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG). That's the conclusion of a new series of studies commissioned by the Outdoor Alliance and conducted by researchers from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

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Your help needed to chart the course for senior services

Delta senior citizens, and those who work with seniors, are invited to help chart the direction of senior services in our area.

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging is conducting a focus group to help determine the direction of aging services in Delta County and in Region 10.

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North Fork

Paonia activist awarded legal fees

A judge has ordered a Texas-based oil and gas company to pay attorney fees to a Paonia environmental activist whom it sued for libel after he posted a critical comment on the website of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

In June, Delta County District Court Judge Steven Schultz dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by SG Interests I, Ltd. against Pete Kolbenschlag, finding that his online comment was "substantially true."

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Paonia has opening on planning commission

The Town of Paonia is seeking to fill a seat recently vacated on the town planning commission.

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West Elk fund distributes $21K to nonprofits

West Elk fund distributes $21K to nonprofits

Twenty one North Fork area non-profits recently became the first to receive grants from the West Elk Community Fund.

At a Nov. 28 celebration at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, WECF founding members awarded a total of $21,200 in grants, ranging from $500-$1,500, to North Fork area non-profits representing the arts and culture, community, education, the environment, health, and human services.

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Scoping comments sought on second seismic project

A second seismic project in Paonia's watershed has been proposed by Gunnison Energy, LLC.

If approved, the Trail Gulch Seismic Project would allow GELLC to "conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveys to map subsurface geology in the Trail Gulch Oil and Gas unit" to determine oil and gas development potential on existing leases, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Paonia considers legal options after CORA ruling

A little more than two weeks after District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled that the Town of Paonia mishandled an open records request made by a former trustee, the town board met in executive session on Nov. 27 to discuss the outcome. The stated purpose of the closed meeting was to receive legal advice from town attorney Bo Nerlin specific to the case, which the town filed in 2017 against former trustee Bill Brunner on behalf of the Custodian of Record.

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Elsewhere Studio welcomes new executive director

Elsewhere Studios has announced that executive director Karen Good will retire from her position at the end of the year, to be succeeded by current program manager Carolina Porras.

Good moved to Paonia eight years ago to launch the residency program with her daughter, Willow Mannan and co-founder Maya Jensen.

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Surface Creek

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church collects snacks, warm clothing

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Cedaredge is beginning the Advent season with a giving tree. This year the church will support the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 5, 2018

What's bugging you? Dec. 5, 2018

Last time I started a three-part series on 'Tree-ology,' discussing how trees grow and how that might influence our management of them. Roots were the first part of this puzzle. Now we move up to the trunk and branches.

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Ready or not, Christmas is coming

"Christmas Is Coming, Ready or Not." That's the theme of services and events at Cedaredge United Methodist Church this month. But don't be concerned.

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Food bank adds hours to accommodate working families

Each week the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank serves anywhere from 20 to 40 qualified families and individuals in need who reside in Cedaredge, Eckert, Austin and Cory. In hopes to help those who struggle with getting to the facility during the day, the non-profit group will now be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

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'It's a Wonderful Life' for CHS drama students

On Dec. 7 and 8 the Cedaredge High School Theatre Program will present the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" for its fall play. The show begins at 7 p.m.

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Cedaredge celebrates Christmas in Candyland

On Saturday, Dec. 1, a large crowd filled Main Street in Cedaredge to witness the annual Parade of Lights. While the morning flurries were mostly melted, the good news of snow seemed to enhance the Christmas spirit of the evening.

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Opinion

Fishing license increase hits senior citizens

Thank you CPW for my 2018 Christmas present! I am referring to the 800 percent (not a typo) fee increase in the cost of my fishing license.

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Thanks for the memories

I received the Oct. 17 edition of the Delta County Independent and scanned through the pages to see if I might find a name that I'd recognized. I got to section D and on that last page found "Visiting with June."

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Staff turnover is worrisome

When I read the Oct. 17 articles "DCMH expands..." and "DCMH introduces new personnel" I had several questions for the hospital administration and board of directors.

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Put the shoe on the other foot

My name is Alan Story. I am a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran.

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Young hero would have been better choice

Kudos to the DCI for highlighting the article on the front page of the Nov. 28, 2018, issue of a ne'er-do-well criminal, Dan-David Lamon, when deserved 9-year-old Tia Homedew from Crawford performed a totally selfless and heartfelt act of making quilts for traumatized children.

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Thanks for highlighting those who make a difference

The national and world news can be bleak and demoralizing. Thanks to the DCI for presenting stories of people who have done many positive things in our community in the past week.

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Sports

Collins named to WSL elite VB team

Collins named to WSL elite VB team

Hotchkiss senior volleyball player Carson Collins was named to the 2A/1A Western Slope League all-conference team for 2018. Collins, a middle blocker/hitter, was ranked second in the conference in blocks with 136 -- 67 solo and 69 assists, third in the conference in hitting with 174 kills in 385 attacks, and sixth in kills.

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OTM subscriptions available

Delta County sports writers are approved to use Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings each week they come out.

Only a certain number of individuals and teams are to be used in writing stories to discourage non-subscription followers unlimited access to information found each week.

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Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

Paonia senior Poppy Lightfoot was named to the 2018 Western Slope League All-Conference First Team in volleyball. A three-year varsity player, Lightfoot was ranked second in the league in kills and hitting percentage with 312 in 971 attacks.

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Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team

Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team

Nine Paonia football players earned a spot on this year's 1A Western Slope conference teams.

Six players made the 1A WSL first team.

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Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar

Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar

Delta senior Ryan Cooper has signed a letter of intent to pursue his love of golf at Lamar Community College and seek a degree in business management.

Cooper has been in Delta's golf program for several years and was a member of last year's DHS golf team.

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Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders

Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders

Three Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned Class 1A Western Slope All-Conference football honors for 2018, and two were named to the All-Conference first team.

In nine games, junior running back Jace Peebles rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in 136 carries, 278 yards on kick returns, and 81 yards on punt returns for a total 1,440 all-purpose yards.

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What's Happening

Children's Winter Fair set for Dec. 15

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies will host its annual Children's Winter Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Paonia Elementary School.

Join NFSIS students, parents and teachers for a hands-on, family-centered, merry-making day of crafts for children.

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Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20

Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20

The Radio Room proudly presents The Scones in concert Thursday, Dec. 20. The Radio Room is located at 1310 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction.

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Sign up for K-2 basketball

Little hoopsters, it's time to lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of K-2 basketball. Practices will be held Saturday mornings starting Jan. 12.

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Sing along with AC/DC

Arts Coalition of Delta County (AC/DC) presents a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Delta Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand Avenue.

Not only will you hear some great Christmas music, you will hear the glory of the brass with solos, duets, trios and the first formal performance of the Western Colorado Brass Quintet.

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Dark Night returns to Paonia

Dark Night returns for its 10th annual show at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia Thursday and Friday, Dec 13 and 14. Join renowned author Craig Childs and friends for Emergent Kingdoms, a visceral experience of storytelling, spoken word, visual multimedia and live music. This is a family-friendly event.

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Advent concerts continue

The third of this year's Advent concerts at St. Luke's Church will be a special men's choir singing Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. Plan to stop by 145 W. 5th Street in Delta to hear this rousing rendition of Christmas carols.

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