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Election 2018

The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.

With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.

Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.

Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.

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West Elk Layers gets okay from the county

Noah and Colleen Knox received approval for West Elk Layers, a confined poultry operation for 20,000 laying hens, cage free, from the county commissioners at their Nov. 5 meeting, under requirements set forth in the county's specific development regulations.

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Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history
Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history

The North Fork Valley has lost one of its richest sources of local history. Lee McMurtry "Chuck" Farmer passed away Nov. 3. Farmer shared his passion for local history through presentations, field trips, and for the past few years, as president of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society.

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Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity
Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity

On Nov. 1, over 40 people filled Memorial Hall to hold a kickoff meeting for the Hotchkiss Prosperity Plan. The purpose of this plan is to assess the economy to identify opportunities for local business development and economic growth.

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Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year
Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

Last week, Good Food 100 honored Clint and MaryKay Buckner of the Buckner Family Farm and Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette of the Farm Runners distribution company as the 2018 Producer and Purveyor of the Year at the inaugural Eat. Drink. Think. Colorado Industry Celebration.

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Blue Sage seeks photo and writing entries

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions of writings and photographs for the annual Convergence: Words and Images from the West Elks contest.

Formerly titled "Write On!" Convergence is an annual writing and photography contest providing opportunities for all genres and amateur and professional photographers to showcase their work.

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Crawford gearing up for Pioneer Christmas Festival

The Crawford Pioneer Christmas Festival is a week of holiday fun, beginning with the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23, and concluding with a community potluck and auction on Nov. 30.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Parade of Lights, set for Friday, Nov. 23.

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Let your artistic spirit shine for Pioneer Christmas Festival

Calling 2-D and 3-D artists and all other creative people to participate in the Crawford "Pioneer Christmas Festival."

Pioneer Christmas Festival Auction items may be done in any medium you choose and present your artwork to be enjoyed and sold at auction on Nov. 30.

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Silent auction to benefit Peace Circle

The Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Peace Circle women's group will host a benefit silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

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Gabrielle Louise releases music video depicting fight to stop fracking

Industry, by Gabrielle Louise, an award-winning Colorado singer/songwriter, tells the ongoing and true story of a small town in Colorado fighting the threat of oil and gas development. In process for almost a year, the public release of the song and accompanying music video coincides with a push by the Trump administration to expand fracking and oil and gas development across America's public lands, including around Paonia, Louise's hometown.

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BLM defers sale of North Fork parcels

The Bureau of Land Management announced last week the deferral of 58 parcels, including 74,516 acres in the North Fork, from the Dec. 13 oil and gas sale.

A statement issued by BLM Colorado Nov. 2 explains, "BLM Colorado is deferring parcels that contain big game habitat in cooperation with a request from the State of Colorado to delay leasing to allow consideration of further habitat protections.

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Innovative product is a win for ag, environment
Innovative product is a win for ag, environment

Sediment from the Muddy River has piled up in the Paonia Reservoir, reducing active storage capacity and the amount of irrigation water available for agricultural producers in the North Fork Valley.

At the same time, industry leaders and environmentalists are looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines through the recovery and use of methane.

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Demand for new homes is growing across the county
Demand for new homes is growing across the county

The City of Delta has issued 16 building permits for new single family homes this year, outpacing the combined total of permits issued in 2017 (six) and 2016 (seven).

Delta County is seeing a similar increase, although new homes in unincorporated Delta County are measured not by building permits, but by septic permits.

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Natasha Léger honored with national community award
Natasha Léger honored with national community award

Natasha Léger was one of four community advocates recently honored with the 2018 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship. Léger joins Ellen Gerhart and Rebecca Roter of Pennsylvania and Nalleli Cobo of California in receiving the national award.

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Veterans Day closures announced

Paonia Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, which officially falls on Sunday.

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Creamery Arts Center celebrates CCI grant

The Creamery Arts Center is pleased to announce it was awarded a $4,000 grant by the Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development for 2019. The funding is designated as general operating support.

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Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades
Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades

While Nov. 11 is officially recognized as Veterans Day, two Delta residents have a plan to honor veterans every day of the year through beautification of the Garnet Mesa Trail.

Jim Ball, a veteran of World War II, lives just above the trail that he's walked "hundreds" of times.

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StoryWalk installed at Sweitzer Lake

Delta County Libraries, The Nature Connection (TNC), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife proudly present the StoryWalk® at Sweitzer Lake State Park in Delta. The installation of the StoryWalk® was made possible by funding provided by a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire Initiative grant, awarded to TNC in December 2017.

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Kris Stewart to replace Jeff Wright as emergency manager

Jeffrey Wright will be leaving his post as head of the Delta County Office of Emergency Management, effective Dec. 1.

Wright moved to Delta County with his wife and their four children in 2013.

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Sign up for Parade of Lights

Delta's Kickoff to Christmas, scheduled Saturday, Nov. 24, includes Small Business Saturday and the Parade of Lights. Contact the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 874-8616, for a parade application.

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Prescribed burns planned in North Fork

Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns between mid-October through December, pending favorable weather, ground and vegetation conditions.

The objectives of prescribed pile burns is to reduce the risk of larger wildfires and improve ecosystem health by removing debris and vegetation, or fuels, through the planned ignition of slash piles.

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Who does the county planner work for?

On Oct. 17, there was a joint meeting of the Crawford Area Planning Committee (CAPC) and the Delta County Planning Commission (DCPC) to discuss an application for a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) -- in this case a 20,000 hen egg laying facility on Fruitland Mesa. There were about equal numbers of public comments for and against this application.

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Planning system is broken in Delta County

Planning commissioners, last week, voted 7 to 1 to recommend approval of a new chicken barn on Fruitland Mesa. Some 60 residents attended the open meeting; nine spoke in favor and nine against.

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The Midnight Mining Company

In 1916 a new mining company was organized with many of the investors from this area. The mine was located in Pitkin County close to Aspen.

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Use and dispose of prescription meds properly

Strategies for addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic often include discussions of reducing or restricting access to opioids. It's important that conversation however address community members who have a genuine need for prescription pain medications.

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