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Apple Blossom Bike Tour celebrates fifth year

The Apple Blossom Bike Tour got rolling last Saturday morning with the help of lots of volunteers and a host of corporate sponsors. Volunteers helped register, direct, and cheer participants.

Family and community service: The Mergelman legacy

Sitting over coffee and conversation, Les Mergelman recalls when he first met his wife Dorothy -- or rather the second time he met her.Dorothy, whose maiden name is Wick, is a native of Cedaredge while Les grew up in Gunnison...

Trials brings dogs, handlers from seven states

The last two days of the Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials and All Roads Lead to Hotchkiss were blessed with the finest Colorado spring weather imaginable. The well-tended Hotchkiss family field was green and crisp, the sky clear b...

Bulldogs win District 3/5

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame a grand slam and a tough Dolores defense Saturday to win the 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament. They head into this week's state baseball playoff regional bracket with an 18-1 record and in s...

Workman's hit a winner

Junior Nate Workman wanted nothing more than to be able to hit home runs after the Panthers basketball season had concluded in March. Workman has no home runs in 2019 and he agrees the best hit he could have is a walk off sin...

Delta falls, 3-0, in soccer play

Delta's Panthers entered this year's state soccer playoffs with a 4-3 3A WSL record and 7-7 overall. Their first-round opponents was Peak to Peak (10-5 overall).

Boettcher finalist recognizes teacher who impacted his life

As part of the Boettcher Scholarship program, finalists are given the opportunity to identify one teacher who impacted their lives and made significant contributions to their growth and education.Delta High School finalist Ca...

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Law enforcement blotter May 15, 2019  900 views

Deputies assisted the Paonia Police Department with a disturbance on Onarga Street. A male party having an episode related to illegal narcotics was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Commencement speaker promises a memorable send-off

Commencement speaker promises a memorable send-off  400 views

Sandi Spika Borchetta, a 1978 graduate of Delta High School, will be the featured speaker at graduation ceremonies Monday, May 20, at Panther Stadium. The momentous event begins at 7 p.m.

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CU dance students lead workshops, perform in Paonia

CU dance students lead workshops, perform in Paonia  390 views

For the fifth year in a row, CU Boulder dance students will head to Paonia to lead dance outreach workshops and a public performance.

CU Contemporary Dance Works, which goes on tour each May to Colorado communities underserved by the arts, will teach dance workshops at Paonia Elementary, North Fork School of Integrated Studies and Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy this week.

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Delta

Commencement speaker promises a memorable send-off

Commencement speaker promises a memorable send-off

Sandi Spika Borchetta, a 1978 graduate of Delta High School, will be the featured speaker at graduation ceremonies Monday, May 20, at Panther Stadium. The momentous event begins at 7 p.m.

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Vigil, Crick re-appointed to Delta Planning Commission

At the May 7 meeting of the Delta City Council, John Vigil and Ryan Crick were appointed to three-year terms on the Delta Planning Commission. Each has served a partial term.

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Law enforcement blotter May 15, 2019

Deputies assisted the Paonia Police Department with a disturbance on Onarga Street. A male party having an episode related to illegal narcotics was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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City council OKs donations

At their May 7 meeting, Delta City Council members approved a donation of $300 for the Delta High School all-night grad party, although the party won't go all night. City clerk Jolene Nelson, who is also the mother of a graduate, said the party will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the night of graduation and will be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, at the request of the students.

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Two-lot subdivisions exempted for a year

In May 2013, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to temporarily exempt two-lot subdivisions from compliance with the density standards outlined in the Delta County Subdivision Regulations. The resolution was effective for one year.

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Check out free state parks passes

Did you know that you can check out a state parks backpack with a free day use pass from your local library? Explore the three state parks in Delta County or any one of the many Colorado state parks by using your library card to check out a backpack.

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North Fork

CU dance students lead workshops, perform in Paonia

CU dance students lead workshops, perform in Paonia

For the fifth year in a row, CU Boulder dance students will head to Paonia to lead dance outreach workshops and a public performance.

CU Contemporary Dance Works, which goes on tour each May to Colorado communities underserved by the arts, will teach dance workshops at Paonia Elementary, North Fork School of Integrated Studies and Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy this week.

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Hotchkiss council hears library, building code updates

The Hotchkiss Town Council's May agenda was crowded, and about 18 people attended. Many were there in relation to items on that agenda or for events coming up in Hotchkiss.

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Citizens complain about irregular work sessions

Crawford Town Council met May 1 for its regular meeting before an audience of seven.

The first non-agenda item on the docket concerned three mobile homes that are uninhabited (and uninhabitable) and that pose safety and public health concerns.

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Community Fair on Saturday in Paonia Town Park

Back for a fifth year, the North Fork Community Fair marks the beginning of this bucolic mountain valley's festival season, and an opportunity to come together to celebrate each other and the positive actions we can take to support a healthy environment and climate, local farms and businesses, and a fun, vital community.

Hosted by the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance and The Learning Council, this year the event (formerly the Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo) is moving to Paonia Town Park.

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Trials brings dogs, handlers from seven states

Trials brings dogs, handlers from seven states

The last two days of the Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials and All Roads Lead to Hotchkiss were blessed with the finest Colorado spring weather imaginable. The well-tended Hotchkiss family field was green and crisp, the sky clear blue and the observers focused on the athleticism of the canine workers.

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Hotchkiss getting ready for busy dog trial weekend

This weekend Hotchkiss will be rolling out the red carpet. Dogs and their handlers are getting ready to compete at the popular Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials. The trials draw handlers and their working dogs from California, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Missouri, North Carolina and Colorado.

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Surface Creek

Town loans funds to aid golf course recovery

On May 1, the Cedaredge board of trustees met for a special meeting to appropriate an additional $35,000 from reserves as a loan to the golf course fund.

These funds will be used to purchased a used turf utility vehicle, a spray rig, and to make improvements to the kitchen and dining area of the restaurant.

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Tiny homes could be in Cedaredge's future

For the May 9 work session for the Cedaredge Board of Trustees, town administrator Greg Brinck presented planning commission recommendations for tiny homes. A public hearing is scheduled at the regular May 16 meeting, to be followed by a vote to amend the municipal code by allowing tiny homes.

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Orchard City trustees meet briefly, hear committee reports

Orchard City board of trustees met May 8 for a short meeting. Dick Kirkpatrick warned the trustees that the water fund has decreased by $182,000 since the first of the year. "If it picks up during the summer, good, but just a head's-up for this point in time," he said.

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Garden club activities pick up with warmer weather

A perfect early spring day was Mother Nature's gift to the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club as they drove to Montrose for a tour of the Ute Museum last month. Carly, the museum's wonderfully informative activities director, guided us through this amazing facility, explaining Ute culture and the many beautiful items in the exhibits.

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What's bugging you? May 15, 2019

What a difference year makes! Last year we prayed for rain that never came. This year is quite the opposite. Abundant winter snows and spring rains have resulted in a profusion of weeds.

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Apple Blossom Bike Tour celebrates fifth year

Apple Blossom Bike Tour celebrates fifth year

The Apple Blossom Bike Tour got rolling last Saturday morning with the help of lots of volunteers and a host of corporate sponsors. Volunteers helped register, direct, and cheer participants.

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Opinion

Robert Plute

Robert "Bob" L. Plute died at his home in Paonia May 5, 2019. He was 86.

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Family ownership has been good for the DCI

A big "thank you" is due the Sunderland family -- Randy, Pat, Ron, Roxanne, Norman and Gladys -- for their approach to reporting and publishing news pertaining to Delta County in the DCI. Prior to their arrival the previous owner, publisher and editor were inclined to "sensationalize" the news rather than report the facts.

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Approval ratings drop as Congress protects its own

There is one thing the left, right and center agree on: We disapprove of Congress. According to a Statista poll, the approval rating of Congress between March 2018 and February 2019 has ranged from a low of 15 percent to a high of 21 percent.

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Hotchkiss needs professional expertise

The Town of Hotchkiss needs a land use planner and/or a town manager with planning experience. This is clear from how the town has treated two simple land splits including one proposed by the town itself.

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Paonia is selling water it cannot deliver

The Town of Paonia may have bankrupted itself. The town's been selling water it can no longer reliably deliver.

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Sheriff's office falls victim to spoofing

Beginning Friday, May 3, the Delta County Sheriff's Office began receiving hundreds of phone calls from all over the country including one gentleman sitting on the beach in Hawaii. The calls have continued coming in Monday.

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Sports

Kevin Carlson golfs for title

Recent Delta High School student, and golf standout, Kevin Carlson

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Fundamentals offered at NF basketball camp

Students entering grades 3-8 in the next school year can learn the fundamental skills and rules of basketball at the annual North Fork Basketball Camp.

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Delta falls, 3-0, in soccer play

Delta falls, 3-0, in soccer play

Delta's Panthers entered this year's state soccer playoffs with a 4-3 3A WSL record and 7-7 overall. Their first-round opponents was Peak to Peak (10-5 overall).

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Tunget gymnasts compete at 3 levels

Tunget Gymnastics had five Gold Level gymnasts compete at the Gold State Meet on April 5-7.

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Bruins, Panthers finish track season at Tiger

Bruins, Panthers finish track season at Tiger

Last week's track meets marked the end of regular season competition and opportunities to earn top 18 berths in track and field.

Several athletes from both Cedaredge and Delta track teams managed to lower, or better their distances, in a last-ditch effort to earn top-18 berths in the coming state track meet, May 16-18.

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Workman's hit a winner

Workman's hit a winner

Junior Nate Workman wanted nothing more than to be able to hit home runs after the Panthers basketball season had concluded in March. Workman has no home runs in 2019 and he agrees the best hit he could have is a walk off single against Montrose late Monday afternoon at Delta High School.

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What's Happening

Free water seminar offered

Do you want to know more about how your irrigation system works?

The Western Slope Conservation Center's Watershed Committee will host a re-cap of last year's "Irrigation 101," with a focus on the unique water resources of the North Fork Valley.

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North Fork Ambulance sets SafeSitter® classes

The North Fork Ambulance Association has three Safesitter® classes scheduled this summer.

Safesitter® is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.

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Roast beef dinner set for Memorial Day

Fruitland Mesa Women's Club will host its annual Memorial Day dinner, Sunday, May 26, at Crawford Community United Methodist Church. The roast beef dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $10 for adults, $5 for children.

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VBS planned

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge is offering a free vacation Bible School to be held June 3-7. This program is for children ages 4 through entering sixth grade and runs from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon.

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VFW plans pancake breakfast May 25

To commemorate Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, Grand Mesa VFW Post 9221 and Auxiliary present their annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast Saturday, May 25, 7 to 10 a.m. at the Stolte Shed at Pioneer Town.

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NASA scientist will speak about lunar bombardment

Dr. Cameron Mercer will speak on "Exploring the Impact History of the Moon" at the May 21 meeting of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society (BCAS), to begin at 7 p.m. in the Partners' community room, 511 East 10th Street, Delta.

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