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Delta

'We are listening,' school district tells high schoolers

"We are listening," school superintendent Caryn Gibson assured high school students last week, as school board members, district leadership and county planners solicited input from a cross-section of students in Hotchkiss, Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta. This is the third year the school district has conducted listening sessions with students, but the first four individual sessions were held. A fifth takes place this Thursday, with students from the district's alternative schools.

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Airlift makes Christmas merrier for veterans
Airlift makes Christmas merrier for veterans

On Sunday, Dec. 10, members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta and Montrose VFW Post 784 met three incoming aircraft on the ramp of Atlantic Aviation in Montrose. The three planes were part of the joint Holiday Airlift sponsored by Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) and the VFW, airlifting thousands of pounds of food and toys throughout the state to help brighten the holidays of many veterans and their families.

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Delta City Council wrestles with appropriations

Delta City Council members readily agreed to supplemental appropriations for 2017, but hesitated when making appropriations for the coming year.

Tod DeZeeuw, explained the unanticipated revenues and expenditures contained in the supplemental appropriations ordinance considered by council members Dec. 5.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Dec. 13, 2017

Dec. 6:

Elizabeth A. Webster, 55, of Hotchkiss was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

Cable Z. Rhode, 40, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,500 bond.

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Food, toy drive makes holidays happier

Delta High School collected over 1,535 items and over 1,228 pounds of food during a food and toy drive sponsored by the student council in partnership with the Delta Police Department, Jerry Reiher State Farm and Kevin Parks State Farm.

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GOCO announcement

An announcement about The Nature Connection's GOCO Inspire Grant award will be made at the Backcountry Film Festival at the Paradise Theatre next Monday (see story on page A9).

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Marijuana petition is still being circulated

The target date for placing a marijuana question on the April ballot has passed, but proponent Christi Prettyman plans to continue gathering signatures into the early part of next year.

Prettyman has 180 days to obtain a sufficient number of signatures from registered electors in the City of Delta.

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School district responds to Fisk's allegations

Delta County Joint School District #50, and its special counsel, Jon Olafson, have responded to the complaint filed by Cidney Fisk, a 2016 Delta High School graduate. Fisk has filed suit in federal court, accusing DHS teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and school district leadership of retaliation after she spoke out against religious activities during school hours on school property.

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Senior meal sites close for holidays

The senior center meal sites at Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, and Olathe will all be closed Mondays, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1, for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, respectively.

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USFS agrees to coal lease expansion

On Dec. 11, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 and COC-67232. The ROD outlines Armentrout's decision to consent to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) modifying two federal coal leases with terms and conditions to protect forest resources.

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Vehicular eluding nets 5 years in prison

A wild ride -- and a second incident of eluding law enforcement officers -- earned Pedro Lopez a five-year prison sentence Monday.

Lopez, 30, of Grand Junction was arrested after a twisting trek through Delta on March 19.

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Opinion

County handled land use issue well

Thank you to the Delta County Commissioners and Planning Department for the amount of time they spent on the public hearings, review of citizen comments and for their careful deliberations on the "change of use" and specific development application submitted by Paonia Holdings LLC. The process took seven long months, and the Board of County Commissioners reached a decision to deny the application on Dec. 4.

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Nullifying the estate tax

In the Nov. 29 DCI, Ms. Wilmot asks how nullifying the estate tax benefits the masses.

First of all, the chance of a complete repeal of the estate tax is highly unlikely.

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What a great community!

Just a shout out to my angels who took their time and equipment to rescue my doxie dog, Harry. He got caught up in a buried water pipe and was missing for almost 24 hours.

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Sports

3A hoop games challenge Eagles

The Paonia girls are now 3-1 following last week's games against 3A Western Slope League teams. On Dec. 5 the Eagles hit 30 percent of their field goal attempts and had single-digit scores in all four quarters in their 35-28 loss at Olathe (2-2).

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Bruins enjoy hoops success
Bruins enjoy hoops success

Craig Cerise, and the Cedaredge Bruins, played four games away from the friendly confines of Cedaredge High School and made the most of playing on the road with three wins and a single loss.

Cedaredge began the week in Ridgway with a game on Dec. 5 with a 47-24 victory.

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Bulldogs hoop teams now 4-1
Bulldogs hoop teams now 4-1

The Hotchkiss girls basketball team is 4-1 heading into this week's First Colorado National Bank Delta County tournament, which opens Friday at Delta High School.
A 21-point second quarter boosted Hotchkiss to a 54-33 non-conference win over the Miners last Thursday at Telluride High School.

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Church unbeaten at Invite
Church unbeaten at Invite

Despite missing wrestlers at four weights, the Delta Panthers scored 103 points to place fifth Saturday at the 13-team Panther Invitational.

Delta produced one tournament champion.

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Delta boys 2-0 in hoops
Delta boys 2-0 in hoops

A promising 2017-18 hoops season didn't look that promising in the early going against either Hotchkiss or Basalt last week for the Delta High School boys basketball team. Hotchkiss was determined to stay with the Panthers in the early going of a game played on Dec. 5, but couldn't keep pace in an 84-62 loss at Delta.

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Delta matmen win duals

Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of dual wins last week with matches against Rifle and Olathe on Dec. 7. Delta scored a 45-35 win over Rifle and notched a 51-12 decision against Olathe.

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Delta swim numbers up

Thirty-three swimmers are keeping the water at BHRC in constant motion during practice times for Delta High School's swim team. The participating team members are from all four Delta County schools.

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Eagles win five weight classes at Delta Invite
Eagles win five weight classes at Delta Invite

The Paonia Eagles sent five into the championship round, and emerged with five champions -- Sackett Chesnik (138), Clay Campbell (145), Rockley Grey Neal (152), Anthony Felice (170) and Jaden Miller (182).

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Panther girls on 2-0 hoops run
Panther girls on 2-0 hoops run

Last week's basketball games were similar in the way they began and similar in the way they ended; with big victories. The Panthers hosted Hotchkiss on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and pulled off a 64-38 win.

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Soccer mistake

Last week's report of an all-state soccer player's selection was incorrect.

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What's Happening

Area churches celebrate the birth of Jesus

Cedaredge Community
United Methodist Church
3rd & Aspen

Sunday, Dec. 17 -- Christmas cantata, 10 a.m. Blue Christmas service, 4 p.m.

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Volunteers invited to bird count

Hawk-eyed volunteers are invited to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

Each year, the bird count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could not accomplish on their own.

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Community

Births Dec. 13, 2017

Karena Atchley and Lanny Trumble of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Taylor Raelynne Atchley-Trumble, born Dec. 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 4.4 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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Jim Buie is turning 90 years old
Jim Buie is turning 90 years old

James "Jim" Buie turns 90 years old on Dec. 13.

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School Zone

GMES art teacher creates Christmas carousel
GMES art teacher creates Christmas carousel

A student at Garnet Mesa Elementary School was so impressed by the carousel created by art teacher Bobbie Hutchison, she interviewed her teacher for the DCI.

Student: What inspired you to create this beautiful carousel?

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Obituaries

Bernice Musser
Bernice Musser

Delta resident Bernice "Bernie" Musser died Nov. 30, 2017, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 95.

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Bill Carson
Bill Carson

Bill Glenn Carson died Dec. 5, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.

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Craig Triantos

Lifetime Delta resident Craig Triantos died Dec. 11, 2017, at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 68.

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George Volk Jr.
George Volk Jr.

Gunnison and Delta County resident George William Volk Jr. died Dec. 11, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 95.

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James Anderson
James Anderson

Delta resident James "Jim" W. Anderson Sr. died Dec. 8, 2017, at his home. He was 75.

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Johanna Pfluger
Johanna Pfluger

Johanna ("Hanni") Pfluger, of Cedaredge, passed away Dec. 7, 2017. She was 84 years of age.

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Morty Baran
Morty Baran

Cedaredge resident Morty Baran died Oct. 6, 2017, while visiting his daughter in Massachusetts. He was 81.

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Paul Smith

Paul David Smith died Dec. 7, 2017. He was 51.

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Pernie Matthies

Longtime Cedaredge resident Pernie B. Matthies died Dec. 10, 2017, at her home. She was 88.

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Ray Werner

Raymond H. "Ray" Werner of Delta died Dec. 11, 2017, at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 83.

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North Fork

Homework, transportation and snow days are PHS hot topics
Homework, transportation and snow days are PHS hot topics

Paonia Junior-Senior High School students believe their school and community are supportive of them. They also want fewer homework assignments, more class options, and more job opportunities.

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Paonia seeks police officer

The Town of Paonia is seeking a certified police officer after two officers left the Police Department within days of each other to work for other departments.

As of Nov. 30 the department is down to two and a half officers after officers Stewart Byrge accepted a position at Cedaredge and Taffine Patterson accepted a position at Dinosaur.

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Rec center one of top wishes for HHS students
Rec center one of top wishes for HHS students

If money were no object, Hotchkiss High School students would update technology, bring more options into the classroom, buy new shop tools, and build a path connecting their school to their community. They'd also build a recreation center.

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Town of Paonia seeks building inspector

The Town of Paonia is seeking to hire a building official after current building inspector Dave Coleman was released from his duties last week. Coleman was hired as a part-time building inspector in April 2016.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 13, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 13, 2017

Long ago, when Martha Mohan and I went to the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival in Olympia, Wash., I saw for the first time in my life sea scoters. There were three of them, and I had a difficult time figuring them out.

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Chamber board has three openings

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors will have three vacant seats available Jan. 1, 2018. Letters of interest are now being accepted for those in the business community who wish to serve on the board.

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CHS students create holiday StoryWalk®
CHS students create holiday StoryWalk®

Cleo the fish is sad as the holidays approach. He is alone at the bottom of the lake, anticipating the festivities that will go on without him. Will Cleo have a blue, blue, Christmas this year?

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CHS students freely share their opinions
CHS students freely share their opinions

Ask and ye shall receive. Last week, the Delta County Planning Department and the Delta County School District joined forces and solicited the opinions of Cedaredge High School students in an effort to better direct strategic planning within both entities. Administrative staff from the two agencies got what they asked for -- an earful, from a group of engaged, thoughtful and refreshingly honest kids.

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GMAEC hosts successful fundraiser
GMAEC hosts successful fundraiser

Organizers report that the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center's first fundraiser was a great success. Tickets sold out quickly and more than a hundred supporters packed into RJ's Steakhouse in Cedaredge on Dec. 4 to mingle, bid on auction items, and celebrate the arts.

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Orchard City trustees consider tax questions

The Orchard City Board of Trustees held a workshop on Dec. 6. All trustees, except for Mayor Ken Volgamore, who was ill, attended the workshop. There were also four Orchard City constituents in attendance.

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