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Delta

Arts coalition is going strong

Arts Coalition of Delta County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has reformed with some new officers and a new direction. The organization, which has been around for several years, has the same priorities as it started with, but with a step-by-step plan.

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CSP trooper has dedicated his career to doing the right thing
CSP trooper has dedicated his career to doing the right thing

While a law enforcement officer's last call out can be a sobering moment, it can also signal a new beginning. That's the case for Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling, who retired March 23 after 22 years with the Colorado State Patrol.

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DCC crews provide valuable service for Delta County
DCC crews provide valuable service for Delta County

Crews from Delta Correctional Center are able to help nonprofit and government agencies. Currently, they provide regular assistance to the BLM, Delta County fairgrounds, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation, City of Delta, and many more.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter Mar. 28, 2018

Austin J. Akins, 21, of Delta was issued a summons for a headlight violation and failing to provide proof of insurance.

Nichole D. Brown, 31, of Delta was issued a summons for displaying fictitious license plates and driving while license suspended.

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Farmers, ranchers brace for drought
Farmers, ranchers brace for drought

Western Colorado is facing an "epic" low water year, due to a relatively warm, dry winter. Snowpack in the Upper Gunnison Basin is at 63 percent of average. Grand Mesa is at less than 50 percent, with Surface Creek forecast with one of the lowest runoffs in the state.

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GMUG revision moves to next phase

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are moving into a new phase of plan development, starting with a formal scoping period. This 30-day comment period, beginning March 30, will seek public input on the first elements of the revised Forest Plan, including: key needs for change; vision and distinctive role and contribution of the GMUG; and proposed management area framework.

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GMUG welcomes staff officer
GMUG welcomes staff officer

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests announce the arrival of their new planning and information staff officer, Shane Walker. He joins the GMUG from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland where he served as the district ranger for the Douglas Ranger District, which under his leadership, was named the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region - 2015 Ranger District of the Year.

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ICELab Accelerator applications open

Applications are now open for the 2018 ICELab Business Accelerator, a program that serves companies focused on growth and expansion. A maximum of five companies will be selected from Gunnison and Delta counties to participate in "Cohort Dos" or the second annual accelerator.

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Jury rejects insanity claim in murder of Melinda Yager

The 12 jurors and two alternates who listened to weeks of testimony in the trial of Nathan Yager came together on March 20 to deliver a verdict of guilty.

Yager had pleaded not guilty to second degree murder by reason of insanity.

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Lovin' Delta is committed to cleaning up the community

Three local women -- Jean Stortz, Sherry Hall and Victoria Sterkel -- are raising environmental awareness in our community through an initiative they're calling Lovin' Delta.

The initiative was introduced during a recent Women in Business gathering, where Stortz showed a recent photo of Adobe Buttes Landfill with trash in the foreground and the adobe hills in the background.

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Master Plan update nears review by the public

The Delta County Planning Commission went through a draft of the Master Plan, dated March 2018, at its March 21 meeting.

The "Public Review Draft" (PRD) brings the planning commission and county staff a step closer to taking the Master Plan update to the community for input through three public hearings, email and letters.

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Nelson, Lane advance to primary

Presentation of the U.S. flag by a JROTC color guard from Delta High School and the singing of "God Bless America" by DHS junior Shanaya Deuschle set the tone for the Delta County Republican Assembly. Delegates convened at the Delta Center for Performing Arts Saturday morning.

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Now is the time to talk

In addition to talking to your child about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, it is very important to talk with them about the dangers of taking medications not prescribed for them, including over-the-counter medications.

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Scholarships available for adult continuing education

Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta. The service organization annually awards scholarships to non-traditional students and to high school students who are members of the Altrusa-sponsored ASTRA Clubs.

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Senior CommUnity meals for April

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). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-5302; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.

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Tuesday is Election Day

Polling centers at the Delta County Courthouse in Delta and at the North Fork Annex, 196 W. Hotchkiss Avenue, Hotchkiss, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day April 3. In addition, 24-hour drop boxes are available at both locations, as well as the Cedaredge Library at SW 6th Avenue in Cedaredge.

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Wildfire mitigation programs available in Delta County

At a recent meeting of the West Region Wildfire Council, local stakeholders and partners heard a fire weather outlook briefing. This year's low snowpack, coupled with warmer than average temperature and lacking summer precipitation predictions, draw clear similarities between conditions seen in 2002 and 2012 -- two of the most destructive wildfire seasons in Colorado's recent history.

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Opinion

Don't let citizen voices be silenced

Delta County residents: do you remember your American history? One of the triggering events that spurred the original 13 American colonies to revolt against the British Empire in the 1770s was the American colonists' complaint of "taxation without representation." This is a situation in which a government imposes taxes on citizens who have no representation to voice their views.

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Electioneering in Paonia

It's more honest to do one's electioneering in paid ads rather than letters to the editor.

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Eliminating NF planning rep was 'underhanded'

Governments owe their existence to the communities they serve, and they exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and those communities. Any system of government that fails to do so is not legitimate, lawful, or constitutional.

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Orchard City candidate clarifies stance

I am writing at this time to the citizens of Orchard City to clarify my position on the tax initiatives that appear on the ballot all voters should have received in the mail by now. There are three tax initiatives on this year's ballot -- sales tax, property tax and tax on sales of marijuana should some future board approve sale which is presently prohibited by past resolution of the board.

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Reject Paonia sales tax increase

The Town of Paonia is asking to double your sales tax. If you think that this will encourage the town to develop fiscal restraint and work within budgets, you are dreaming.

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Stooksberry is best-prepared

Why the great citizens of Delta should vote for Jay Stooksberry? My personal opinion is that it's not really a choice.

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Thanks for a great first year

I want to thank the people of Paonia and the surrounding area for a terrific first year here as your town administrator. As everyone knows all small towns have their "dramas" going on, but I can honestly say that I've really enjoyed my first year here.

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Working to move the Town of Paonia forward

I am compelled, again, to respond to candidate Bill Brunner's latest screed, printed as a letter to the editor in the March 21 issue of the DCI. I knew when the first letter from the Brunners appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of the DCI that this would probably be an ongoing assault.

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Sports

Bruin boys second at Hotchkiss track meet

Montrose won last weekend's boys Hotchkiss Invitational team title with 91 points. Host school Hotchkiss placed fourth with 72 points.

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Bruins maul baseball foes
Bruins maul baseball foes

With three wins this past week, Cedaredge's baseball team moved its season record to 5-2 with no league games played to date. The Bruins took on Eagle Valley, a team they defeated 10-0 to start the season, and scored a 9-7 win on March 21 in Cedaredge.

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Cedaredge girls take second at Hotchkiss
Cedaredge girls take second at Hotchkiss

Last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet saw some familiar names atop leaderboards. In girls competition, Montrose took home the meet title with 131 points and Cedaredge High School was a distant second with its 89 points.

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Delta 1-1 in hardball action
Delta 1-1 in hardball action

Delta's Panthers are sitting in second place in 3A WSL baseball standings with a 3-3 record following last week's split against Grand Junction and Montrose. The Panthers came from behind to slip past Grand Junction, 6-5, on Tuesday, March 20 but fell short in another comeback bid against Montrose in an 8-4 loss on Saturday.

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Delta girls third in meet
Delta girls third in meet

Delta High School girls track team earned two first-place finishes in Hotchkiss last Saturday. One was an individual competition with junior Kaley St. Peter winning the long jump for the second straight week.

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Delta loses 1-0 soccer games
Delta loses 1-0 soccer games

A pair of one-goal losses leaves Delta High School's girls soccer team with an 0-3 record in 2018.

The Panthers gave up one goal in the first half of their soccer match against Montrose on March 20 and lost by a 1-0 decision to Grand Junction Central last Saturday.

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Hotchkiss boys score 77 for fifth place finish
Hotchkiss boys score 77 for fifth place finish

Elijah Patrick had the sole win of the day for the Bulldogs, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches to tie for first in the high jump.

Teammate Jacob Stucker cleared 6-2 to place fourth overall.

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Hotchkiss girls earn fifth with 47 points
Hotchkiss girls earn fifth with 47 points

The Hotchkiss girls scored 47 points to place fifth Saturday at their annual home invitational track meet.

Kaiya Firor won three events and finished fourth in another.

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Mendoza sprints to win in 300m hurdles
Mendoza sprints to win in 300m hurdles

The Cedaredge boys track team is off to a good start. At Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational, the defending 2A state champion Bruins won three events and placed in the top three in five more.

Danny Mendoza had two of those top three finishes.

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Panther boys track team scores 72 points
Panther boys track team scores 72 points

The Delta Panther boys scored 72 points to finish sixth in a field of 18 teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet. Montrose won the team title with 91 points.

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Paonia girls 4th at Invite
Paonia girls 4th at Invite

The Paonia girls placed fourth with 63.5 points Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.

In individual events, Mckenna Palmer finished second in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 8.5 inches, and placed third in the 100m hurdles (17.40).

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Paonia sweeps doubles for 4-3 win over Bruins

In its opening matches of the season, Paonia swept the doubles matches to defeat visiting Cedaredge, 4-3, on March 19.

Cedaredge swept the singles matches in straight sets.

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Paonia tennis team wins
Paonia tennis team wins

After losing most of its varsity team to graduation, the Paonia girls tennis team is off to a good start this season. Following a 4-3 conference win over Cedaredge (see story on B8) Paonia defeated the Fruita Monument junior varsity squad, 6-1 Saturday at Apple Valley Park.

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What's Happening

Camera club meets monthly

Black Canyon Camera Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the First Church of God at 11th and Howard in Delta. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.

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Date set for Spring into Shape

It's time to register for the City of Delta Recreation Department's annual "Spring into Shape" 5k fun run/walk. This event is for all ages and will be held Saturday, April 14, on the trails around Confluence Lake.

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Learn the tale of two historic .45-90 rifles

Chuck Farmer will present a special program to the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society on Saturday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the museum at 180 2nd Street, Hotchkiss. He will relate the history of two .45-90 rifles in the museum's collection.

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Quilters guild hosts noted fabric designer

It's the purpose of S&B Quilters Guild to promote quilting and to expand and enhance our knowledge and enjoyment of quilting and quilting techniques in an atmosphere of sharing fellowship. It is also to provide a source of information and inspiration for fellow quilters and to preserve the heritage of quilting.

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What's happening at your library? Mar. 28, 2018

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Births Mar. 28, 2018

Marili Serrano of Delta is the parent of a son, Ezairo Daniel Serrano, born March 19, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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People in the News

Colby Simpson of Paonia has been named to the Dean's List for Academic Excellence at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2017 fall semester.

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School Zone

Student options include one-room schoolhouse
Student options include one-room schoolhouse

The one-room schoolhouse is alive and well at the Seventh-day Adventist School in Delta. Students in grades K-8 work side by side on subject matter that's much like the curriculum offered in the public school system. But in addition to English, social studies, science, math, reading and art, students meet with Pastor Eliezer Roque twice a week for Bible study.

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Obituaries

Barbara M. Sunderland
Barbara M. Sunderland

Barbara M. (Woods) Sunderland, age 91 of Sidney, Neb., passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, at the home of her son, Michael K. Sunderland in Sidney, Neb.

Cremation has been held, and Barbara's ashes will be scattered at a later date which has not been decided on.

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Joseph Hofer

Joseph Hofer of Glenwood Springs died Feb. 28, 2018, in Olathe after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.

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Maxine McCullough

Longtime Crawford resident Mildred "Maxine" Gregory McCullough died March 25, 2018, at her home. She was 87.

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North Fork

Gunnison Gorge Anglers receive update on fisheries
Gunnison Gorge Anglers receive update on fisheries

The Gunnison Gorge Anglers Fly Fishing Club met on March 15 at Needle Rock Brewery in Delta. Eric Gardunio, area aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, was the featured speaker.

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Hotchkiss chamber looks to the future

Nathan Sponseller, president of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce, announces a special work session to discuss the chamber's future.

"With two board members stepping back from their current chamber duties at the end of 2018 we feel now is a good time to discuss re-imagining HCCC functions in the future," Sponseller said.

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Ideas, images sought for countywide tourism video
Ideas, images sought for countywide tourism video

In his more than 35 years as a professional videographer, David Jacobson has told many a story through the art of the promotional video. He's captured the history of Delta's Egyptian Theater, shared stories of local musicians and artists, promoted establishments of higher learning, focused on film festivals, and created stunning visual tours of real estate properties.

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Master plan is Hotchkiss' road map to the future

The Hotchkiss Planning Commission is expected to formally adopt the town's master plan tonight, then forward it to the Hotchkiss Town Council for ratification in April.

A master plan for the town was first adopted in 2006 and has been updated periodically since.

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North Fork Ambulance stays involved in community events

During the month of March, North Fork Ambulance participated in several community events. On March 13, the ambulance association attended the Delta County Memorial Hospital Health Fair at the Technical College of the Rockies campus in Paonia.

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North Fork Pool seeks lifeguards

The North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District is seeking adult lifeguards for the 2018 season. With most of the lifeguard staff made up of students, the district has a hard time maintaining pool hours during the month of August.

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North Fork Reads!

Delta County Libraries joins the Blue Sage Literary Committee and The Paradise Theatre in presenting "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, the first North Fork Reads! Copies of the book are available at all five libraries in Delta County.

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North Fork residents travel to D.C. to meet with leaders
North Fork residents travel to D.C. to meet with leaders

Community representatives returned to the North Fork Valley last week after what they describe as a "remarkable" set of meetings with western Colorado's congressional offices and Senator Michael Bennet, as well as with an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and planning staff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Students sit in on Hotchkiss Town Council meeting
Students sit in on Hotchkiss Town Council meeting

The March meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council, which was held at Hotchkiss High School, provided an opportunity for Hotchkiss Officer Chris McDonald and Bo Nerlin, town attorney, to give an update on the town's marijuana regulations. With an emphasis on youth, Nerlin reminded those in the audience that the use of marijuana is illegal by anyone under the age of 21 without a medical marijuana card.

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Trees a hot topic at Paonia meeting

A tree planted at Poulos Park and an Arbor Day tree planting both provided valuable lessons and examples of community support at the March 14 Paonia town board meeting.

Discussion at the newly re-established Paonia Tree Board's most recent meeting focused on requirements of receiving "Tree City USA" designation by the national Arbor Day Foundation.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 28, 2018
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 28, 2018

About four feet tall with a wingspan of six feet (Sibley guide says 46" tall and a wingspan of 77"). Weight at about 10 pounds with the male larger than the female. In any book, the sandhill crane is a large bird!

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Gospel chorus is being formed

Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church is putting together a gospel chorus for a concert in May. Interested singers and musicians are invited to rehearsals at 6 p.m.

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One thousand paper cranes for art center
One thousand paper cranes for art center

On Saturday, March 31, children and the young at heart are invited to downtown Cedaredge to learn the art of origami. Lessons in folding paper cranes will be presented by a group of local folding enthusiasts known as "The Craniacs."

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Webb, Vietnam vets to be recognized
Webb, Vietnam vets to be recognized

Everett Webb and his wife Darlynn of Hotchkiss attended the Delta County veterans' coffee last week where Everett received an eagle head cane recognizing his military service. The presentation of canes to honor returning veterans is an American tradition dating back to the Civil War.

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