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Special district approved for ambulance; memberships continue

On Nov. 6, voters overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a special district for the North Fork Ambulance. Just over 83 percent of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford area voters said "yes" to the special district. By a smaller, yet still very favorable margin, a mill levy of 5.750 was established to fund the special district.

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Patrick Webb appointed to Hotchkiss Board of Trustees

Patrick Webb appointed to Hotchkiss Board of Trustees

Patrick Webb, the newest member of the Hotchkiss Town Board of Trustees, said he believes his life experiences will enable him to make reasonable, positive decisions for the town in his new role.

Webb said he has lived in the North Fork Valley on two separate occasions.

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Hotchkiss voters authorize sale of town shop

Hotchkiss voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of the town shop in the Nov. 6 election, 82 to 18 percent. The next morning, deputy town clerk Ginger Redden said she received three inquiries from potential buyers.

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Medical marijuana gets a thumb's up in Delta

Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.

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Republicans maintain hold on county offices

The election results are in, and as expected, Democrats did well in state and national races. Jared Polis, Colorado's new governor, led a slate of Democratic candidates to victory, including Jene Griswold, secretary of state; Dave Young, state treasurer; and Phil Weiser, attorney general.

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City council, staff zoom in on seven core priorities

In August, Delta city staff and council members met for a strategic planning session in Crawford. Former county administrator Susan Hansen, who moderated the two-day retreat, followed up last week with a written executive summary.

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Stinker's granted liquor license

The Delta City Council on Nov. 6 granted an 3.2 percent off-premises liquor license to Stinker's, the convenience store located at the corner of 1st and Highway 50 in Delta. The decision had been tabled from October, after council members requested more information from the applicants.

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Spunky Delta woman turns 100

Spunky Delta woman turns 100

It's noteworthy when anyone reaches the age of 100, but when that individual still does her own yard work, cleans her own house, and regularly walks 2 to 3 miles a day, that milestone becomes truly remarkable.

Marcella "Marcy" Boss doesn't look -- or feel -- her age, but it's true. She turns 100 on Nov. 15.

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S&B Quilters continue Veterans Day tradition

Gratitude abounds during the month of November, and it was particularly plentiful during a veterans event hosted by the S&B Quilters Nov. 10 in Hotchkiss.

The quilters, in expressing their appreciation for the sacrifices of our veterans, found themselves on the receiving end as those veterans shared their gratitude for a longstanding tradition that concludes with the selection of handmade quilts.

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DMS salutes veterans

On Monday, Nov. 12, a holiday for many employees, Delta Middle School hosted its annual veterans recognition ceremony.

Local heroes were invited to gather for a reception prior to the assembly, which featured a presentation of flags by JROTC, the singing of the national anthem by Maddy Sandridge, and the playing of "America the Beautiful" by the seventh grade band.

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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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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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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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Teachers, principals get high marks

Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.

A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.

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Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

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Inspired by natural materials

Inspired by natural materials

Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.

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Performing pooches

Performing pooches

Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.

But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.

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Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

In the closing days of 1999, fears of Y2K mounted. Doomsayers warned that when the date turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, a programming bug would shut down computers across the globe.

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Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words

Middle school can have a profound impact on young lives. As a teacher at Delta Middle School, Bret Hamilton has not only seen how adolescent lives are shaped by their experiences in and out of the classroom, he also recognizes the impact middle school had on his own life.

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Crazy for Corvettes

Crazy for Corvettes

Not long after the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, one of the original models was totaled in a single-car accident near Ron Austin's childhood home in Redding, Calif. The accident drew a crowd of curious neighbors, none of whom knew what a Corvette was at the time.

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A touch of elegance

A touch of elegance

Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.

She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.

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Forged in steel

Forged in steel

A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.

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In a class by herself

In a class by herself

Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.

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Quilts as art

Quilts as art

Every quilt is one-of-a-kind, snippets of colors and pattern layered together to create stunning table runners, wall hangings and bed covers. The process often begins with a pattern or even a kit, with precut fabric swatches in complementary colors.

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Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.

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Pine needle artistry

Pine needle artistry

A craft show on HGTV inspired Ruth Ann Hake to try her hand at pine needle basketry.

"I was just fascinated," Ruth Ann said, "so I bought a couple of books and that's really been my only instruction."

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Cake Wars Winner!

Cake Wars Winner!

V ictory is sweet for Melissa Zunich, the winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars.

Zunich, the owner of Sweet Cheeks Cakery in Delta, teamed up with a cousin to design an entry that won the judges over with its impressive details and "wonderful" hand painting.

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A wonder to behold

A wonder to behold

An entire room is dedicated to Lois Helgeland's incredible Victorian village, but that's just the beginning ... there are delightful discoveries to be found throughout her house at Christmastime.

To say Christmas is Lois' favorite holiday is clearly an understatement.

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Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.

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Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Like the Shakers, Tim and Lyn Hinz express their faith through their craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the excellence of their work was a form of worship; their furniture and crafts came to be known as "religion in wood."

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The Binky Patrol:    Hugs from the heart

The Binky Patrol: Hugs from the heart

Hugs for kids. That's how Connie Harris and Terri Brubaker describe the blankets they make through the Binky Patrol, a nationwide effort to reach out to needy kids with a comforting handmade blanket, or "binky."

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Artistic expressions

Artistic expressions

Sandra Williamson is a talented artist who expresses her creativity in a variety of ways, but none is more unique than her vinegar painted furniture and accessories.

The technique dates to the Industrial Revolution, she explains.

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