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Delta

Addition to Black Canyon NP provides more public access

In December, the National Park Service (NPS) and The Conservation Fund finalized a purchase to add 2,494 acres to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Located near the visitor center and along the south rim of the canyon, this addition to the park will provide access for additional recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and potential utility improvements in the park, which saw over 300,000 visitors in 2017.

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Customers spur Alpine Bank to donate more than $1 million

Customers have sparked change in their communities by participating in a unique program offered by Alpine Bank. Last year alone, the bank donated $1,140,350 to nonprofits and other community organizations through the bank's Loyalty Debit Card program.

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Fire investigated

On Thursday Jan. 25, at approximately 4 a.m., the Delta Police Department was called to 755 1600 Road for a structure fire. The structure was not occupied.

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Get ready to love your library

February is a time for sweethearts, candy hearts, red roses and valentines. It is also a time to show affection for local libraries! February is Library Lovers Month and here in Delta County there is likely a lot of love to go around.

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Law enforcement blotter Jan. 31, 2018

Jan. 21:

A juvenile female of Delta was issued a summons on charges of illegal possession or consumption by an underage person (marijuana).

Jan. 22:

A juvenile female of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bonds.

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Mike Lane announces candidacy for commissioner
Mike Lane announces candidacy for commissioner

Mike Lane, a Delta County native, announces his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners, representing the Republican Party.

He is seeking the seat currently held by Doug Atchley, who is term limited.

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National Health Service Corps addresses shortage of providers
National Health Service Corps addresses shortage of providers

About one in five Americans (21 percent), or 37 million people, live in a community with a shortage of health professionals.

Since 1972, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has been on the frontlines in these communities, providing quality health care to patients who otherwise might not receive primary care services.

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New sign placed at the Ute Council Tree
New sign placed at the Ute Council Tree

A new sign has been placed at the Ute Council Tree. The previous sign, in place for 30 years, was not only deteriorating but had some inaccuracies.

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Real estate market rebounds in 2017
Real estate market rebounds in 2017

Higher sales prices and fewer days on the market are clear indicators the real estate market in Delta County is rebounding. Statistics provided by the Delta County Board of Realtors illustrate that the housing market made a huge turnaround in 2017.

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Senior CommUnity meals for February

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

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Shifting gears

Delta County has released an updated draft of the county's Master Plan vision, goals and strategies. The Delta County Planning Commission is now working to create a Future Land Use Plan.

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Some tax bills have error

If you have not received your 2017 tax bill, you should be seeing it soon. For those who receive a credit for the senior/veterans exemption, county treasurer Lisa Tafoya has pointed out a discrepancy in the actual valuation credit amount shown on tax bills.

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Subdivision reverts to agriculture

County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes vacated Phase II of Mira La Vista Subdivision at their Jan. 16 meeting.

Mira La Vista Subdivision was reviewed by Delta County Planning Department from 2006-2009.

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Opinion

'Gutter' language is not necessary

In response to Carson Roirthmayr's letter last week. First, I too feel President Trump should be able to curb his tongue.

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Arm yourself with knowledge and vote

Whether we Americans want to admit it or not, there's irrefutable evidence that the Russians interfered with our democratic election process. And just as a reminder, mid-term elections will take place in November of this year.

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The egg-laying dispute and the need for zoning

The battle waged by Edwin Hostetler, the Farm Bureau and Olen Lund against the resident landowner adjacent to the egg laying operation, veterinarian Susan Raymond, has been one-sided and prejudiced in favor of the conservative community in this valley without any consideration for the rights of landowners who also live and work here and have the inherent right to breathe clean air and be protected from industrial activities disrupting their lives and well-being.

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The political games have begun in Paonia

Well, I guess it is time for the silly season, at least here in Paonia. The municipal elections are scheduled for April 3 and the trivial and outlandish stories are already starting.

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Trump is little more than a bully

A recent letter sent to the DCI by high school student Carson Roithmayr regarding the appalling comments President Trump made deserve a response. Right now every school district in the country is dealing with how to prevent school shootings, teenage suicide and bullying -- bullying being a catalyst that starts a lot of these horrible events.

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Sports

Aztec, N.M., gets by Bruins in dual action

Aztec pulled off a 42-30 win over the 2A No. 2 ranked Cedaredge Bruins last Friday.

Beginning at 126, Sean Dale lost by fall;

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Bulldog boys up their WSL season record to 6-1
Bulldog boys up their WSL season record to 6-1

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their winning streak to four games last week and upped their conference record to 6-1 with wins over Hayden and Soroco. Both games were played in Hotchkiss.

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Delta athlete to play football in South Dakota
Delta athlete to play football in South Dakota

Delta High School senior Colton Galvin recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Presentation College, with campuses in both South Dakota and Minnesota.

The college is split across campuses in Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Fairmont, Minnesota.

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Delta loses to Montrose, Eaton in wrestling duals

On Jan. 25 Delta was beaten 39-35 by Montrose's Indians. A trip to Eaton on Friday ended with the Reds winning by a score of 65-10. Delta's undefeated, and No. 1 ranked, 285-pounder, Logan Church missed the dual competitions this past week.

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Delta's Koch first at Invite

Panther freshman Ben Koch won the 120-pound division, defeating Sterling's Zach Loft, ranked seventh in state, by fall (0:56) to win the championship Saturday at the Valley Viking Wrestling invitational at Gilcrest.

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Eagle boys win league tilts
Eagle boys win league tilts

In what head coach Chase Roeber called "a really big week," the Paonia Eagles bumped their conference record to 6-1 on wins over Vail Christian Friday and De Beque Saturday.

In Friday's 80-67 win at Vail Christian, senior Enoch Kropp scored a game- and season-high 39 points.

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Hotchkiss fourth at Valley Classic

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs placed nine wrestlers and scored 151 points to finish fourth at the Valley Classic wrestling invitational at Center High School. Twenty-seven teams registered for the tournament.

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Hotchkiss girls split games
Hotchkiss girls split games

The Hotchkiss girls are 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the 2A/1A Western Slope conference following a home win Friday over Hayden and a loss Saturday to Soroco.

In their 37-27 win over Hayden (3-10, 1-5), Carson Collins led in scoring with 15 points.

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Paonia dominates Olathe 59-9 in dual

In their final home dual of the season the Paonia Eagles defeated Olathe last Thursday, 59-9.

The dual opened at 160 pounds with Olathe's Wyatt Mansker winning by an 8-2 decision over Jesse Burns.

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Paonia girls 5-2 in 2A WSL play
Paonia girls 5-2 in 2A WSL play

The Paonia girls are now 5-2 in the 2A/1A Western Slope conference and 9-5 overall. On Jan. 23, Paonia played to a 43-21 non-conference loss at Grand Valley (8-4 overall, 2-1, 3A WSL). On Friday night, the Eagles lost a conference battle at Vail Christian by a score of 44-32.

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Skylyn Webb stays on pace in track
Skylyn Webb stays on pace in track

What does it take to be a top college athlete? Many Delta High School faculty members and family and friends, in Delta know the answer to that question.

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What's Happening

Members share archaeological finds

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Colorado Archaeological Society Chipeta Chapter will have its second annual members' potpourri meeting where chapter members will present short illustrated talks about their own adventures.

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Soil Health Conference returns to Delta Feb. 22-23

The eighth annual Soil Health Conference will be held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta.

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Community

Births Jan. 31, 2018

Matt and Brianna Anderson of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Jaxton Matthew Anderson, born Jan. 20, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 7.2 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length.

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School Zone

Around DHS Jan. 31, 2018

In the midst of a tragedy it is utterly amazing how the walls of division, once separating the beloved Delta High, break down, bringing the students and faculty together in an undeniable bond of unity. The past couple of weeks have been, without a doubt, a trial as the people of the school grieve the loss of a beloved junior boy.

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Kids explore forests on cross-country skis
Kids explore forests on cross-country skis

The Nature Connection GOCO Inspire program dedicates its efforts to getting youth outdoors, with a special emphasis on outdoor experiences for youth of Olathe and Delta County.

With the Skis for Kids program, The Nature Connection has expanded to serve youth groups across the Western Slope, from Ouray and Ridgway to Glenwood Springs and Mesa County.

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Obituaries

Don Case

Don Lee Case of Delta died Jan. 30, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 88.

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Alice Curtis
Alice Curtis

Alice E. Curtis died Jan. 29, 2018, at her home in Delta. She was 80.

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Celia Roberts
Celia Roberts

Celia Roberts died at her home in Paonia Jan. 21, 2018.

She was born and raised in Kentucky.

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Charles Robert
Charles Robert "Bob" Hicks

Charles Robert "Bob" Hicks, 65, a husband, brother, father, grandfather, and dear friend, passed away Jan. 12, 2018, at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Bob was born July 19, 1952, in Delta Colo., the son of Jack Hicks and the late Charlie Lea Hillis Hicks.

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David Bond
David Bond

David Joseph Bond died Jan. 24, 2018, at his home in Delta. He was 53.

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Dick McGaughey Jr.
Dick McGaughey Jr.

Former Paonia resident Richard C. "Dick" McGaughey Jr. died on Jan. 17, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. He was 85.

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Elnora Turner
Elnora Turner

Elnora Belle Turner died Jan. 21, 2018, at her home in Goodyear, Ariz. She was 100.

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Eva Caldwell
Eva Caldwell

Eva Lee Caldwell died Jan. 23, 2018. She was 78.

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Gertrude Long
Gertrude Long

Gertrude "Hazel" Long died Jan. 25, 2018, at Pioneer Park Health Care Center in Lone Tree, Iowa. She was 94.

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June Calhoun
June Calhoun

Longtime Delta resident June Calhoun died Jan. 16, 2018, in Sun City, Ariz. She was 88.

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Nina M. Den Beste
Nina M. Den Beste

Nina May Den Beste, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at the Crossroads Memory Care facility in Delta, Colo. She was born in Eckert, Colo., on July 23, 1921, to Rufus G. and Viva Pyle Loucks, the middle child of five.

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Robert Liddell

Olathe resident Robert August Liddell died Jan. 18, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 91.

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Sandra Davis
Sandra Davis

Sandra Davis passed away 80 days short of 55 years married to Ralph (R.D.) Davis. She went to be with Jesus on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction after a second, year-long battle with triple-negative breast cancer.

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Sandra H.
Sandra H. "Sandy" Miller

Cedaredge resident Sandra H. "Sandy" Miller passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at her home in Cedaredge, Colo. Sandy was 80 years old.

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Zora Marksberry

Zora Magdalene "Madge/Maggie" Burson Marksberry died Jan. 26, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 91.

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North Fork

Bindi Pennetta embraces small town law practice
Bindi Pennetta embraces small town law practice

When Bindi Pennetta graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1997, she had thoughts of becoming a teacher but kept signing up for psychology classes because they were so interesting.

It was a post-graduate job with Susan Hillyard, a Delta attorney, that set her on the path to becoming a lawyer.

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Blue Sage 'more vital than ever' to the community
Blue Sage 'more vital than ever' to the community

A new gallery show opened last Friday at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. Works include abstract landscapes of salvaged metal and resin by Devon Alves, wooden puzzle boxes by Shannon Richards, jewelry by Tess Bachaus and Ilde Ingraham, felted wool pieces by Lynn Gillespie, and sculptures in wood, metal and other found objects by Nancy Whelan and inspired by sculptor Louise Nevelson.

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Celia Roberts championed  human rights through photography
Celia Roberts championed human rights through photography

Celia Roberts was a petite woman, but her photographs and her indomitable spirit made a big imprint on the lives of her subjects, and on those who knew her.

Roberts was surrounded by friends, poetry and song when she died at her Paonia home on Jan. 21.

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Horse riding club forming

A new horseback riding club is being formed in the North Fork. Terry Randall is establishing a social club to share trail rides, information and fun.

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Paonia commits 2017 audit to RubinBrown

At the Jan. 23 board meeting, Paonia trustees voted to approve an engagement commitment with the accounting firm of RubinBrown to complete the fiscal year 2017 town audit.

Cost of services, according to the letter of engagement with RubinBrown that was approved by the board, will be $23,000 plus $5,000 for preparation of financial statements.

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Seven Hotchkiss K-8 students selected for All-State Choir
Seven Hotchkiss K-8 students selected for All-State Choir

Seven Hotchkiss K-8 students have been named to the Middle School All-State Choir. Students from around the state send in audition tapes in the fall to be judged and it takes months before results are announced.

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Surface Creek

A historic moment in time for Pat Means
A historic moment in time for Pat Means

Earlier this month Pat Means officially stepped down from her position as chairperson for the Historical Preservation Advisory Board. Her decision itself was an historic event since it signaled something unique for a woman who has been immersed for 15 years in the fabric of her community.

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Bruce Stanley takes over as Orchard City, Cedaredge building inspector
Bruce Stanley takes over as Orchard City, Cedaredge building inspector

Bruce Stanley is quickly getting up to speed as building inspector for both Orchard City and Cedaredge. Although Cedaredge has zoning and Orchard City does not, and Cedaredge has a code enforcement officer and Orchard City does not, both communities have adopted the 2006 building codes for residential and commercial construction.

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Cedaredge trustees approve $818,000 waterline project

The Cedaredge Board of Trustees met in regular session on Jan. 18.

Water was a dominant theme as the trustees approved an $818,000 bid for the Highway 65 waterline replacement project and increased funding for the town's 2018 water and wastewater utility relief fund. In other water-related actions, the trustees approved a reduction in the water rate to be paid by the Surface Creek Saddle Club, gave rare approval to a proposed in-town septic system, and heard concerns from Cedaredge Golf Club staff regarding the condition of the golf course grounds and irrigation system.

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 31, 2018
Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 31, 2018

I gaze out the dining room window. A bird shape glides from our cottonwood tree and lands in the neighbor's pasture.

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