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According to a Monday news release, the City of Delta has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) within the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to support revitalization of downtown.

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Delta County’s COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise from Wednesday, Jan.19 through Monday, Jan. 24. The county has seen 177 new cases for a total of 5,278.

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Golf Course (Pro Shop): Golf Course Professional Ira Kramer reported December sales amounting to $6,307 over 2020’s $1,748 due to the course’s extended season. $118 went into the capital improvement fund for the course.

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When I look out my dining room window, I can’t help but appreciate the stark “white” trunks and branches of my aspens against the winter’s blue skies. I also remember their gorgeous fall golden color and look forward to this year’s display. But this fall color spectacle is dependent on healt…

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When most of us think of snow, we think of fluffy six-sided flakes collecting on our nose and eyelashes, snow families popping up on our lawns, and winter conditions arriving in the Colorado mountains. What you might not know is that our view of snow is limited by our language.



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Robert Frost wrote the poem, “The Road Not Taken” in 1916. I was broken down on that particular road once, in a blinding blizzard. Had to be the same road.

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Locally owned and operated Valley High, LLC opened for business on Jan. 1, 2022 following a lengthy waiting period while the town of Paonia approved applications and held the necessary public hearing.

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Delta County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract renewal with Southern Health Partners for medical services at the Delta County Detention Center during a special meeting on Monday.

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Resolution 04-2022: Approval of High Q Cedaredge Retail Marijuana License; Resolution 05-2022: Approval of PUR CannaBliss Co-Located Marijuana License; Resolution 06-2022: Amendments to High Q Cedaredge Retail Marijuana License; and Resolution 07-2022: Amendments to PUR CannaBliss Co-Located…

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Each year the Hotchkiss Alumni Association Fund gives an award for a classified employee at the high school and elementary level. The employee award is selected by the teachers of each school.

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Winter on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests brings snowy adventures and many outdoor activities to enjoy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a recent press release.

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In the usual January tradition, the annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Dog Sled Races is taking place this weekend at the Mesa Top trailhead parking lot. The public is invited to attend this free event.

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The Paonia Town Board unanimously approved a letter in support of Delta Health’s application to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) requesting Sole Community Hospital designation. The decision came during the Jan. 10 regular meeting.

Delta County Republicans will host a number of 2022 Republican candidates at the GOP headquarters at 405 Main Street in Delta this year, a press release from the Delta County Republican Central Committee said on Monday.

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Delta County remains in the High category for COVID-19. Delta County Health Department reported a total of 5,073 total COVID-19 cases, 100 new cases, 345 total hospitalizations with 124 deaths.

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The town of Paonia will have four open seats this April. Three positions will serve for four-year terms and one will serve a two-year term. Elections for the Board of Trustees occur every two years.

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Environmentalists, local business owners, and community members sent a petition to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in response to the upcoming oil and gas rulemakings around bonding requirements for oil and gas sites across Colorado.

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The second meeting for the Delta County Fairgrounds Master Plan held on Wednesday, Jan. 12 drew a light crowd. Participants met at the Delta County Administration building in the commissioner’s meeting room.

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In the Jan. 12 Orchard City Board of Trustees meeting, the board’s single item of business — excluding recognition of the student of the month (see associated article) and committee reports — was to consider an ordinance to renew the town’s franchise agreement with Black Hills Energy. The or…

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The second session of the 73rd Colorado General Assembly will be a busy time for State Representative Matt Soper from Delta. Over the past few years, Soper has gained valuable experience and shown a willingness to put forth new bold legislation.

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There are 8,817 Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters nationwide. About 500 apply at the national levels for the annual National Chapter Award Program. There are three categories of competition.

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Oscar Salazar has been honored by the Cedaredge Rotary Club as the January student of the month. The Cedaredge High School (CHS) senior hopes to run track this year, specializing in the mile event. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking on Grand Mesa and he’s a fan of video games.

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Two big storm systems recently brought much needed moisture to the Western Slope. The Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) posted a snap shot recording the snow pack in our area.

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Delta County School District 50J recently announced a policy change for COVID-19 quarantine days. The change follows the most recent recommendations from the CDC to reduce the number of quarantine days from 10 to five.

Delta County Libraries, along with the Montrose County Libraries, is inviting teenagers from 6th-12th grade to submit original poetry, fiction, personal essays and comics for publication in the annual Teen Literary Magazine.

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The students and staff of Cedaredge High School (CHS) had an unusual occurrence Tuesday morning when a suspected gas leak led to a full evacuation of the school. The incident was ultimately a false alarm.

Aspens are one of two iconic trees planted by Coloradans. The other is the Colorado blue spruce. But aspens come with a multitude of potential problems from many diseases, insect infestations, and animal damage. If you are planning to plant an aspen tree this year or already have one in your…

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For Christmas last year, my wife got a new watch. It is called a “smart watch” and is made by Garmin. This watch has GPS, pulse monitoring, breathing rates chart, counts steps, counts calories burned, monitors your sleep, tells you when you have not moved in a while and vibrates when you rec…

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Delta County’s COVID-19 positive cases are beginning to rise. From Tuesday, Jan. 4 through Monday, Jan. 10 Delta County has seen 78 new cases for a total of 4,885. Delta County’s positivity is up to 14.7 %.

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