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New runway paves the way for airport growth
New runway paves the way for airport growth

Mark and Cheryl Husmann, owners of Smiling Aviation and the managers of Blake Field, hosted a Christmas open house in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reconstructed main runway, Runway 3-21.

The Husmanns report that the existing runway was about 28 years old and might have lasted another 10 if not for some water working its way underneath the northeast end.

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Delta hopes to cash in on tourism

City of Delta officials are enthused about a local effort to increase tourism revenue in partnership with Delta County Tourism and the Colorado Tourism Office.

The city was one of two communities in Colorado to qualify for CRAFT 201 -- Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism, a grant through the Colorado Tourism Office.

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K-9 Raico locates suspect in field

On Dec. 27, at approximately 12:33 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Safeway on a report of a shoplifter. As officers arrived, the male subject ran east across Stafford Lane, behind Taco Bell and into the brush field.

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County begins process of updating land development regulations

On Jan. 9, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners is holding its first work session meeting with members of the consulting team selected to work with the county to update the county's land development regulations. The discussion will focus on the community involvement process.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 9, 2019

Officers responded to a property on Ute Street for a possible trespass.

An officer responded to the 100 block of E. 4th Street for a two-vehicle crash. No injuries were reported or observed.

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Health coverage

The open enrollment period for health insurance through the Colorado marketplace ends Jan. 15. In Delta County, 1,069 residents have enrolled in private health insurance. Households, on average, are saving $1,114 a month on their premium.

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Commissioners change meeting days

At their meeting on Jan. 7, Delta County Commissioners Mark Roeber, Don Suppes and Mike Lane elected Suppes as chairman and Roeber as vice chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Suppes and Roeber welcomed Mike Lane, who was sworn in as commissioner prior to the meeting.

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Paonia trustees okay payment of Brunner legal fees

Former town trustee Bill Brunner will be reimbursed for legal costs related to a 2017 lawsuit filed against him in Delta County Court after being denied a records request under the Colorado Open Records Act.

The decision was made on Dec. 27 at a special meeting of the town board of trustees, called specifically to address the fees.

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DCMH names new marketing director
DCMH names new marketing director

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announces Jacqueline "Jacque" Davis, a local community engagement, marketing and public relations director, is the hospital's new director of marketing. In this role Davis will oversee and lead the strategic marketing, communications, and public relations for DCMH.

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K-9 unit joins Delta County Sheriff's Office

After over 11 years of service, Montrose County Sergeant Keith Sanders and his K-9 are leaving the Montrose County Sheriff's Office to join the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

According to a press release issued by Montrose County, K-9 Oxx will be adopted by Sgt. Sanders upon his departure.

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Commissioners voice support for Casselberry, LeValley

During constituent time at the Dec. 17 meeting of Delta County Board of County Commissioners, Delta County Citizen Report president JoAnn Kalenak accused Elyse Casselberry of "moonlighting" and "probable time theft fraud."

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Senior meals listed for January

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Civic Center (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), Delta Senior Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

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Law enforcement blotter Jan. 2, 2019

Jesse Allen McAfee, 35, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged trespass at Delta Timber, 519 Highway 92.

Officers responded to the intersection of E. 4th Street and Grand Avenue for a two-vehicle crash.

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Charges amended

On Dec. 18, 7th Judicial District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller filed an amended complaint against Heather Jones to include a fourth count of murder in the second degree.

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CDOT update

Work will resume on Jan. 2 for the ADA ramp improvements on Highway 348.

Motorists can expect east and westbound single lane closures with possible traffic stops and minimal delays.

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Doug Atchley wraps up two terms as county commissioner

"It's been enjoyable and very challenging, a good way to serve the people of the county," Doug Atchley said as his two terms as Delta County commissioner draw to an end.

"Eight years went by very quickly.

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Fee changes affect walk-ins at state parks
Fee changes affect walk-ins at state parks

As of Jan. 1, individuals walking into Crawford or Sweitzer Lake state parks will be subject to a fee of $4 for a daily pass. The fee will not apply to those entering the park in a motor vehicle with a valid daily pass, annual parks pass or the new hang tag that's being issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2019.

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Health exhibit leaves Delta Library

A traveling, bilingual exhibition called Discover Health is leaving Delta County after three months on display at Delta Library. "Overall, the exhibit was a great success," says Adriana Chavira, Delta Library manager.

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