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Livestock producers honor Dixie Luke, Dee Burns

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Photo submitted Pictured from the left are Jess Campbell, Dee Burns, recipient of the DCLA Lifetime Achievement Award, DCLA president Mark LeValley, Dixie Luke, recipient of a service award, and Gary Volk. The presentation of awards was made during last m

The Delta County Livestock Association held its annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 5. We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the banquet a success!

We served 236 members and guests at the banquet! The delicious prime rib dinner was catered by the Hightower Cafe. Cedaredge and Hotchkiss FFA chapters each brought students who volunteered to help serve dinner and clean up. Thank you students and advisors!

This year, a number of people were recognized who have played significant roles in the Delta County livestock industry.

Dixie Luke received a service award for her tireless work fighting to keep irrigation water in the North Fork Valley now and long into the future. Dixie is president of the Fire Mountain Canal and Paonia Reservoir Company and is on the Governor's Round Table representing the Gunnison Basin. Dixie is definitely an asset to our community.

The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award went to a very deserving lady of Delta County. Dee Burns has been very involved in the local community since she moved to the area in 1968. She has been a 4-H leader, fair board member, member of the Black Mesa CattleWomen and a Delta County Livestock Association member. She has held offices in many of these organizations as well as been a board member and/or officer for the Stewart Mesa Ditch and Reservoir Company and the Stewart Mesa Domestic Water Company. Her work in the community has been greatly appreciated, but more importantly she instilled her enthusiasm and love of agriculture into her children and grandchildren. She taught them her dedication to be successful at whatever they do in life.

The banquet was a fun time for all. North Fork Country played before and after dinner, the company was great, and there were live and silent auction items available. All proceeds from the auction items will benefit the DCLA scholarship fund for students who come from and/or are going into an agricultural field. This year, we raised over $6,500 for our scholarship fund.

Thank you to everyone who donated items and to all the people who made purchases at our banquet. We could not do what we do without your generosity!

The DCLA scholarship fund is really helping local young people become educated individuals who will be strong advocates for the future of agriculture in and out of Delta County. These young people are the ones who are going to promote and fight for agriculture as we continue to face great struggles ahead. It is so important to support all their endeavors now so they will have the opportunity to prepare themselves with the tools to become positive voices for the industry later. We would not be able to give the scholarships that we do without everyone who came and supported DCLA at the banquet.

Again, we would like to give a special thank you to those who donated and those who made purchases in our silent and live auctions this year: Shari Davis, Joetta Burns, Kenney and Teresa Burns, Jody Roeber, Betty Houseweart, Joyce Long, Penny Linman, Kathy Bryant, Pauline Carr, JT Hotchkiss, Twna Douglas, Billy Scales, Tyler Gillenwater, John Allen, Black Canyon Distillery, Sisson's Feed and Ranch, Andy Wick, Upper Valley Holsteins, US Tractor, Weekender Sports, Orchard Valley Farm, Western Implement, Ace Hardware, High Country Equipment, Ace Gambles of Hotchkiss, Black Bridge Winery, James LeValley, Carquest, Rosemarie Rockafellow, Doug and Kerry Harris and Stirrup Bar Ranch, Dee Burns, Jess Campbell, Kevin Kiefer, Mark and Robbie LeValley and Gary and Gail Volk. Our scholarship fund wouldn't be as effective if it wasn't for all of you. Thank you!

As you all know, we usually have our annual meeting in January or February. This year the Delta County Livestock Association is going to do things a little differently for our annual meeting. We will be holding it in conjunction with the summer picnic in June or July. We are also planning to do a BQA training at that time. Look for your invitation and more information in the late spring or early summer.

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