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DHS grad recognized by Society of Women Engineers
DHS grad recognized by Society of Women Engineers

Paige Bowling, a 2013 graduate of Delta High School, has been named an outstanding collegiate member for leading the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) collegiate section at the Colorado School of Mines, and for expanding SWE's mission by helping others find mentors and STEM-related opportunities.

Bowling, a chemical and biochemical engineering major with a double major in biochemistry, joined her SWE collegiate section in her first year at Mines and has led critically important roles ever since.

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Humor provides release for debilitating disease
Humor provides release for debilitating disease

From a young age, we're taught not to laugh or point fingers at people who look or act differently from us. So when Stanley Arnett cracks a joke about the tremors in his arms and hands, not everyone sees the humor. But Arnett says the comedy routine is what keeps him sane.

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People in the News Aguilea

Bethany College announced recently the largest freshmen class in its history. At the start of classes, 279 full-time students were enrolled. Last year, new student groups were the largest in 22 years at 208.

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Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver
Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver

It would be difficult to find a person in Hotchkiss who doesn't have a story to share about Matt Branham. For 24 straight years Branham has delivered and picked up packages in the North Fork area as a driver for UPS.

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People In The News Ames

Katherine Ames of Delta has been hired as an admission ambassador for Fort Lewis College for the 2017-18 academic year. She is an elementary education major.

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HHS graduate captains national qualifying flight team

A recent Hotchkiss High School graduate was one of a dozen members of the Colorado Northwestern Community College flight team that recently qualified for national competition.

Will Drbohlav captained the CNCC team that placed second at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region 1 Intercollegiate Flying Competition held Oct. 7-14 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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Slaven-Emond recognized for enhanced medical care

AliceMarie Slaven-Emond was recently recognized as an enhanced primary care medical provider by the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing.

The Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) recognizes primary care medical providers (PCMPs) who meet certain enhanced standards as a patient-centered medical home.

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Magtutu named a CU 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator
Magtutu named a CU 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator

Ben Magtutu, a science/physics teacher at Delta High School, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator by the University of Colorado Boulder. Magtutu was nominated by DHS principal Derek Carlson.

The Outstanding Colorado Educator award is presented to educators across the state who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals.

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Urbina named region's Arborist of the Year
Urbina named region's Arborist of the Year

Vince Urbina, a community forester based out of the Colorado State Forest Service Grand Junction District Office, has been recognized as 2017 Arborist of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The award acknowledges the service, actions and ideas of those who have made substantial contributions to practical arboriculture in the chapter, which includes Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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New CSU agronomy agent is based in Delta

Colorado State University is pleased to introduce Seth Urbanowitz, the new agronomy agent for Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.

Urbanowitz has worked as an agronomist for a farmer's cooperative and an extension educator focusing on irrigation management, agronomy and produce safety.

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Delta boasts long-running fantasy football league
Delta boasts long-running fantasy football league

On Wednesday, the day before the first NFL football game of the season, owners gathered with their cheat sheets, analyzing player statistics, team rankings, rookie potential and position strength.

It's fantasy football season, with Michael Ripp leading the charge for the 30th straight year.

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Delta couple mobilizes retired military truck for relief effort
Delta couple mobilizes retired military truck for relief effort

About a month ago, Delta resident Will Secrest bought a five-ton truck in Texas -- a behemoth he planned to use to haul hay, move animals and even hook a plow up to.

The camouflage green open bed truck was originally used by the Louisiana National Guard. It was later donated to a JROTC program and eventually retired.

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Doug Speedie, MD, to serve as medical director of PACE
Doug Speedie, MD, to serve as medical director of PACE

Volunteers of America and Senior Comm-Unity Care is pleased to announce Douglas Speedie, M.D., as its medical director for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

"I am excited to be part of advancing the practice of medicine as the model at PACE with the goal to continue to explore ways to improve clinical services while working to keep costs down," he said.

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People in the News Rogers
People in the News Rogers

Susanna "Susie" Rogers, a 1998 graduate of Delta High School, was recently promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

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People in the News Farnham

Air Force Maj. Nicole Farnham has arrived for duty as a promotion eligibility division board recorder with Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

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Dream of flying comes true for Mabel Livingston

Mabel Livingston, a Senior CommUnity Care PACE participant and resident at The Homestead at Montrose, enjoyed a flight around the San Juan mountains as part of a donation from the Angel Flight program Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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DCMH nurse named a Colorado Health Care Star
DCMH nurse named a Colorado Health Care Star

American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Janel Webb, RN, BSN, ICU/clinical education, ICU manager at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Webb as an exceptional health care professional.

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Craftsmen honor wounded heroes
Craftsmen honor wounded heroes

A group of Western Slope wood craftsmen, with roots beginning in Cedaredge, is carrying on a very old tradition of honoring soldiers wounded in battle. Members of the Grand Valley Woodturners, Grand Valley Woodcarvers and the Black Canyon Woodcarvers handcraft beautiful wooden canes which are presented to local service men and women who have sustained injuries in combat.

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Hirschboecks bring fresh perspectives, vitality to area
Hirschboecks bring fresh perspectives, vitality to area

Too young to retire but too old to shovel the 300-500 inches of annual snowfall in Steamboat Springs, Kathy and Jeff Hirschboeck moved to Cedaredge several years ago, where they've done more than settle into the area -- they, like many of their newcomer neighbors, have stepped up to help shape and move the community to new heights.

When friends asked the Hirschboecks what on earth they were going to do in Cedaredge, Kathy's answer was, "Well, pretty much what we're doing in Steamboat."

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Markee Travis retires from Delta County Libraries
Markee Travis retires from Delta County Libraries

The job of technology coordinator for Delta County Libraries includes a huge variety of tasks, from answering patron questions about iPads to swapping out printers and computers to selecting the new hold music for the district phone system. District director Lea Hart explains, "This job requires technical knowledge, customer service, creativity and a good deal of flexibility."

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Girl donates hair to help others

New backpack for the new school year? Check.

New notebooks, crayons, glue and scissors? Check.

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Dr. Rafanelli joins River Valley Family Health Center
Dr. Rafanelli joins River Valley Family Health Center

A highly-respected physician, Dr. Rosalind Rafanelli, or "Dr. Roz" as she is also known, has become part of River Valley Family Health Center's team where she joins eight other providers in its growing practice in three locations, Montrose, Olathe and soon, in Delta.

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People in the News Kesler

Nicholas Kesler, of Hotchkiss graduated from Fort Lewis College on Saturday, April 29.

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People in the News Malone

Paonia artist Mark Malone is among the artists featured in the exhibition Enigmatic Visions at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, a neighborhood on the west side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, Aug. 3.

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County fair is a family tradition for the Lubins and Homedews
County fair is a family tradition for the Lubins and Homedews

If you've been a 4-H'er or have been involved in FFA, you know the weeks leading up to the Delta County Fair are always a little hectic. Between fashion revues and shooting sports competitions, animal weigh-ins and other events, kids in Delta County are in a flurry of activity, fine tuning and tweaking their exhibits in the hopes of bringing home the big prize.

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Grand marshals 'blessed' to call Delta home
Grand marshals 'blessed' to call Delta home

Newlyweds Bob and Arlene McGarvin arrived in Delta fresh out of college in the fall of 1958. In the intervening years, they have contributed greatly to the community, earning the beloved couple recognition as the Deltarado Days parade grand marshals.

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People in the News Park

Jayson Park of Paonia made the academic Dean's List at Azusa Pacific University. A biology major, Park is honored for a spring semester 2017 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

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People in the News Dean's List

The local students listed below have been named to the Dean's List of Distinction or the Dean's Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum
Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Ezra Russell has been selected to attend the 2017 summer National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense, an Envision program to be held in Washington, DC., July 23-28.

He will join other outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique career development opportunity which introduces students to firsthand experiences and challenging career options in national security and related fields.

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Pea Green native awarded for work on health data interoperability
Pea Green native awarded for work on health data interoperability

LOINC, the world's most commonly used universal code system for identifying medical test results, observations and other clinical measurements, has announced the recipient of the annual LOINC Award for Distinguished Contributions. The award, in its second year, honors individuals whose work advances the interoperability that ensures that medical data can be recorded, electronically exchanged and ultimately used to improve health -- when and where needed.

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Crossroads centenarians share advice
Crossroads centenarians share advice

Friends, families and staff from Crossroads Assisted Living celebrated in a big way last week, by observing the 101st birthday of resident Anna Marie Suppes and the 100th birthdays of residents Virginia Harris, Margaret Fowler, Helen Wood and Hazel Denike.

Festive balloons decorated the dining area and staff served slices of cake and ice cream to the crowd who gathered to wish the five happy birthday.

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Hotchkiss grad joins Marine Corps
Hotchkiss grad joins Marine Corps

Kaila Harward of Lazear became a United States Marine on May 5.

She graduated in the top 10 percent of her series and was meritoriously promoted to private first class the same day.

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People in the News Ebert

Leda Ebert, a junior from Delta, has been named to the 2017 spring semester Dean's List at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop
Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop

Bill and Sarah Bishop are being honored this week for their contributions to the Mountain Harvest Festival, and for their "undying love of this valley." While they are humbled by the honor, much of the annual festival's success is owed to the Bishops.

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People in the News Katzdorn

Kurt Katzdorn of Hotchkiss has been named to the spring honor roll at McPherson College, a four-year private liberal arts college located in central Kansas.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the winter 2017 term. Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of any Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the college.

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People in the News Fisher

Isaac Fisher of Hotchkiss, a veterinary medicine major, was recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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People in the News Rodriguez

Alejandro Aguilera Rodriguez of Hotchkiss, a criminal justice major, was named to the Dean's List at Bethany College for the spring 2017 semester.

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People in the News Baldozier

Dakota Baldozier, of Cedaredge was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester. Baldozier's major is exercise-physiology option.

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People in the News Lee
People in the News Lee

Erin Lee, a 2010 graduate of Delta High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Denver, graduated from the University of Texas Law School this month.

She is studying for the bar exam in July in Texas and will join a law firm in Houston in October.

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People in the News Music

Brayanna Music of Delta is the recipient of a medal of excellence from Ottawa University.

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People in the News Park

Paonia resident Jayson Park graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of science in biology on Saturday, May 6, joining approximately 1,700 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education.

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Victims' advocates, Judge Miller honored
Victims' advocates, Judge Miller honored

In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services and the 7th Judicial District Attorney's Office recognized victims advocates last week and honored a special Victims Advocate of the Year for the 7th Judicial District. Judge Sandra Miller was honored as this year's recipient.

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People in the News Queen/Sandoval

Two Delta students graduated from Adams State University during fall commencement ceremonies in December 2016.

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Cancer patient awarded dream of Disney World trip
Cancer patient awarded dream of Disney World trip

Jimmy Retherford's life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer in November 2016. Prior to his diagnosis, Jimmy could be found on the golf course fulfilling his love for the game.

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Schlappe commands engineer battalion
Schlappe commands engineer battalion

In a ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base on April 1, Lieutenant Colonel André Schlappe took command of the 244th Engineer Battalion from outgoing commander, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Ferron. The 244th is an Army Reserve battalion headquartered in Denver, consisting of over 1,300 soldiers from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

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Renee Joyce honored for behavioral health care

The Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) has chosen Renee Joyce, therapist at A KidZ Clinic in Delta, as the recipient of the 2017 CASBHC Inspiration Award for Outstanding School-Based Health Center Behavioral Health Provider.

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People in the News Huene

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. has released the fall 2016 honor roll list for outstanding academic performance. The honor roll list is comprised of the President's and Provost's Honor Roll Lists.

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Huerkamp competes with CMU rodeo team
Huerkamp competes with CMU rodeo team

The Colorado Mesa University rodeo team will host the fifth annual Regional Intercollegiate Maverick Stampede Rodeo April 7-8 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park.

Rachel Huerkamp, a 2016 graduate of Delta High School, is a barrel racer with the CMU rodeo team. She will compete Friday night.

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Civil Air Patrol awards Amelia Earhart Award to Ezra Russell
Civil Air Patrol awards Amelia Earhart Award to Ezra Russell

Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Ezra Russell has been awarded the Amelia Earhart Award and has been promoted to the rank of cadet captain. C/Capt. Russell was presented his award by Capt. Kirk Gustafson, unit commander of Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron.

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Tupper awarded master signature membership in watercolor society
Tupper awarded master signature membership in watercolor society

Dani Tupper, a Delta artist and instructor, has been awarded master signature membership in the Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS). This honor is bestowed upon artists who have had their work accepted in at least 10 juried WCWS national exhibitions.

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Suppes retires from Delta County Federal Credit Union

If you have been a credit union member in Delta over the past 30-plus years you almost certainly know Mary Suppes. Even before Mary was employed by what was then Delta Federal Credit Union, she was a volunteer on the credit committee, helping with the loan review and decisioning process.

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DCMH nurses nominated for Nightingale award
DCMH nurses nominated for Nightingale award

On March 4, the annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards banquet was held at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom in Grand Junction. This event is a way to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and nursing practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer.

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Shelter Shoppe honors volunteer
Shelter Shoppe honors volunteer

The Shelter Shoppe Volunteer of the month for March is Peg, who not only volunteers at the shop but is also a dog walker for the shelter itself.

To say she is a busy lady is an understatement.

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Melissa Zunich: Champion of champions
Melissa Zunich: Champion of champions

Melissa Zunich, winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars in 2016, made a return appearance with cousin Sunny Hintze to compete in an "All Champs" episode of Cake Wars.

Pokémon was the theme of the March 19 episode which featured four teams of returning bakers.

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Energetic volunteer is an asset
Energetic volunteer is an asset

Kathy Wilcox, a mother of three children, grandmother of six and great grandmother of four, has lived in Cedaredge for the last eight years. She has been volunteering at the Shelter Shoppe since August of 2015 and does so because of her love of animals.

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People in the News Smith

Ryan Smith of Delta was named to the University of Wyoming fall semester Provost's Honor Roll.

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People in the News Wellman

Edna Wellman of Hotchkiss received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Western Governors University (WGU).

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Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft
Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft

Navy Midshipman Samuel J. Williamson from Cedaredge participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.

More than 280 midshipmen at Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers.

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Local girl wins title at National Finals Rodeo
Local girl wins title at National Finals Rodeo

Arla Nelson of Delta competed during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December 2016 with her team, the Dynamite Dames. The Dames roped the coveted first place spot in the specialty acts division and two other team members placed in individuals.

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Triantoses are DSC 'sweethearts'
Triantoses are DSC 'sweethearts'

Craig and Tammra Triantos were recently honored as the 2017 Valentine sweethearts at the Delta Senior Center.

The Triantoses were chosen as this year's sweethearts because they are regular diners and supporters at the Delta Senior Center, which serves meals every weekday at 12 noon.

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People in the News Davignon
People in the News Davignon

U.S. Air Force Airman Jacob Davignon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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Delivering the mail for 60 years
Delivering the mail for 60 years

When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.

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Carr honored for years of promoting beef
Carr honored for years of promoting beef

A new calf was born last week at the ranch of Marvin and Pauline Carr in Hotchkiss. In between caring for the animal and neighbors dropping by to check on the new addition to the herd, Pauline also found time to chat about another passion of hers: the promotion of local agriculture, local beef and beef nutrition.

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Welt's history in coal industry runs deep
Welt's history in coal industry runs deep

Think of a coal miner and you might see a steely-eyed man in a hard hat, his face and clothing blackened with carbon. But in the North Fork area, where coal mines have operated for more than 100 years, Kathy Welt is one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

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Rydge Mulford applies origami to aerospace challenge

Rydge Mulford, a 2007 graduate of Delta High School and a doctoral student at Brigham Young University, has received a NASA fellowship for a project inspired by origami, Japan's ancient art of paper folding.

In collaboration with Vivik Dwivedi, a NASA technologist, Mulford is experimenting with the design of a three-dimensional, folding radiator to remove or retain heat on small satellites.

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People in the News Clock

Paonia resident and Azusa Pacific University student Tiffany Clock made the academic Dean's List at APU. Clock, a biology major, is honored for a fall semester 2016 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

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People in the News Fisher

Isaac Fisher of Hotchkiss, a veterinary medicine major, has been named to the 2016 Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission
Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Orchard City native Matthew Soper to be a non-attorney and Republican member of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission representing Delta County. Soper replaces Commissioner Bill Raley of Delta.

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People in the News Shaw

Carolyn Shaw of Paonia earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 9-10.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the fall 2016 term. Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of any Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the college.

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Delta woman sets her sights on Verizon IndyCar Series
Delta woman sets her sights on Verizon IndyCar Series

IndyCar driver Mianna Wick has a great 2016 season in her rear view mirror. She reports she spent a lot of time testing and getting up to speed in her Indy car.

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Chayden Harris is new Eagle Scout
Chayden Harris is new Eagle Scout

The Boy Scouts of America has bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Chayden Harris, 18, of Olathe.

Harris is a member of BSA Unit 475 chartered by the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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People in the News Williamson

Peter Williamson was named to Biola University's Dean's List for academic excellence for fall 2016.

Williamson, from Eckert, was one of 1,575 students who were named to the Dean's List.

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Delta Senior Center displays the works of Hendrika Cegielski

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Hendrika Cegielski in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.

Cegielski was born in Vookhout, The Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States to Pennsylvania when Hendrika was a small child.

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Tractor holds fond memories for Paonia man
Tractor holds fond memories for Paonia man

Charlie Todd recently donated a 1930 International F-30 tractor to the collection Orval Proctor has displayed on Delta's Main Street.

The International was originally owned by C.E. "Ed" Carville, who purchased the tractor new from Ed Allison's International dealership in Paonia. At that time, the dealership was located a half block east of Main on 2nd Street.

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DHS grad performs in musical

Wade Ebert, a 2016 Delta High School graduate, is participating in the internationally renowned St. Olaf Christmas Festival Dec. 1-4.

Wade is a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

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Sami Cassel recognized by Avalanche on the ice
Sami Cassel recognized by Avalanche on the ice

Delta ninth-grader Sami Cassel is into hockey. With no place to play organized hockey locally, Cassell must travel to Grand Junction to skate.

Cassel has been playing for some time and is a member of the Grand Junction Bantam B boys team.

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Steve Glammeyer earns public works credentials

Steve Glammeyer, City of Delta utilities and public works director, was recently awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Executive credential from APWA's Donald C. Stone Center. The PWE credentialing program is part of the Donald C. Stone Center developmental program for public works executives focusing on the skills necessary to lead through the challenges facing the profession.

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Cameron Van Vleet begins mission in Peru
Cameron Van Vleet begins mission in Peru

Cameron Van Vleet of Paonia has been called to serve two years in Peru as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cameron arrived in the country on Nov. 16.

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Local talent finds 'Annie' meaningful
Local talent finds 'Annie' meaningful

Regann Alsdorf is just a fifth grader, but she's already a seasoned performer, thanks to her mom Kirsten.

Kirsten Alsdorf directs the semi-annual "Kids with A King" performances for Delta Christian Church, so Regann is accustomed to singing and dancing on stage.

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Farm Bureau seeing local membership growth
Farm Bureau seeing local membership growth

The Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau, one of the biggest and fastest growing Farm Bureau chapters in the state with 276 producer members, has once again placed high among state chapters with 13 new producer members in 2016.

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Troy West featured in 'The Road to Success'
Troy West featured in 'The Road to Success'

Troy West, the son of recreation center employee Gary West, is featured in a book titled "The Road to Success," Vol. 2. The legendary Jack Canfield, author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and "The Secret," also contributed to the book published by Celebrity Press.

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Vision learner has his future in focus
Vision learner has his future in focus

Philip Scheetz, a senior at the Vision Charter Academy, was recently named one of the top 10 Colorado photographers publishing on Instagram.

"Psst ... 10 Colorado instagrammers you simply must follow" was posted on Denver Ear, a metro-based website that rounds up events, business and places of interest to residents and visitors.

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People in the News Pieper

Ceceilia Pieper of Paonia has enrolled at the University of Findlay for fall 2016. New students began their studies on Monday, Aug. 22.

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Dance instructor competes in Chicago
Dance instructor competes in Chicago

Deb Aspen, director of the In Step Dance Academy, recently returned from an Arthur Murray dance competition in Chicago, bringing home an impressive array of awards. Northstar Dance-O-Rama held its yearly event in the glamorous Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel on Aug. 18-21, and included dancers from 47 studios around the U.S. and Canada.

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Local victims services specialist named state's best

Denetta Dunlap, the victim services specialist in the special victim's unit of the district attorney's office of the 7th Judicial District, has been recognized as Advocate of the Year by the Colorado District Attorney's Counsel.

The Colorado District Attorney's Counsel provides prosecution-related services to the district attorneys of Colorado.

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PES teacher named finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year
PES teacher named finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year

Paonia Elementary School second grade teacher Jodi Simpson is passionate about pedagogy. She understands that the important things kids learn in school isn't accomplished through testing, but by experiencing life and all its wonders.

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Russell appointed cadet commander
Russell appointed cadet commander

Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron's Cadet change of command ceremony was held Sept. 13 at the National Guard Readiness Center in Grand Junction, with Lt. Col. Peterson serving as master of ceremonies. During the ceremony, Cadet Commander 2d Lt. Javan Yeager (C/CMSgt Echols standing in) relinquished command of the cadets to the incoming Cadet Commander C/1st Lt. Ezra Russell of Paonia.

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Hotchkiss author pens first novel
Hotchkiss author pens first novel

Author Flannery O'Conner once suggested that anyone who survives childhood has enough material in them to write for the rest of their life.

For Hotchkiss resident Sunshine Knight, that material began to flow eight years ago while on a solo trip through New England seeking inspiration for her first novel.

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Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate
Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate

Tammy Geisler recently completed extensive continuing education coursework to become a graduate of the Realtor Institute. The GRI is the mark of real estate professionals who have made a commitment to provide a high level of professional service to their community.

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People in the News Anderson-Bennett, Fenske

Leone Anderson-Bennett of Delta received a bachelor of science in accounting degree and Melanie Fenske of Olathe received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies (K-8) from Western Governors University.

The university held its 31st semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 16.

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Michael Ripp is Angus delegate

Michael Ripp, Delta, has been elected as a delegate to the 133rd annual American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, Nov. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the American Angus Association.

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People In The News Quinn, Sandoval

Ashley Quinn and Adara Sandoval, both of Delta, received associate of art degrees from Adams State University, Alamosa, during the spring 2016 commencement ceremony.

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Faith, friends help overcome obstacles to art
Faith, friends help overcome obstacles to art

Lynn Miller of Cedaredge has decided to take a different path in life than others who might think their years of contributing to community are past.

Reaching a milestone in life that would signal others to take to their rocking chairs, Lynn decided instead at age 80 to take up watercolor painting.

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Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year
Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year

Karen Emmons is Delta Correctional Center's 2016 Employee of the Year. She won this distinguished award based on exceptional commitment to teamwork and outstanding performance. She is an administrative assistant III who goes above and beyond to assist staff and offenders in all administrative areas.

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People in the News Sidor and Thierry

Carissa Sidor and Matthew Thierry, both of Delta, graduated from from Adams State University, Alamosa, during the spring 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

Sidor received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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Chan: I am a U.S. citizen!
Chan: I am a U.S. citizen!

Somneang Chan came to Delta County from Cambodia 16 years ago. Chan was an employee of United Nations in Cambodia. The late Marce Teas of Redlands Mesa was also a U.N. employee.

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Team Aniya takes up the fight against brain cancer
Team Aniya takes up the fight against brain cancer

Eight-year-old Aniya Corona is battling brain cancer, but she's not alone. She's supported by medical professionals, concerned friends and loving family members, all of whom make up "Team Aniya."

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Loucks' novel highlights need for preparedness
Loucks' novel highlights need for preparedness

Keith Loucks, Delta County resident, recently published a novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," which discusses physical and spiritual survival in a society brought to Third World conditions by electromagnetic pulse. Anything connected to the electric grid was rendered useless.

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A royal year for Rachel Huerkamp
A royal year for Rachel Huerkamp

Looking back on the year, 2015-2016 Delta County Fair & Rodeo Queen Rachel Huerkamp said that while being ambassador for Delta County and the fair was challenging, she is grateful for the opportunity.

Huerkamp is the daughter of Peggy and Dave Huerkamp of Delta.

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Braslin has long ride with 4-H
Braslin has long ride with 4-H

After completing his showmanship pattern Saturday at the Delta County Fair Horse Show, Jayden Braslin led his horse, Malibu, out of the arena. He was carrying a red ribbon, but that's not what he was hoping for.

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Forty years of blue ribbon gardening
Forty years of blue ribbon gardening

It's fair to say that Frances Hunt knows about the hours and hours it takes to grow beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables. "If you do a good job in the garden, it's time-consuming," said Hunt.

Over the last 40-plus years, Hunt has spent countless hours weeding, watering, planting and planning in preparation for entering her flowers, fruits and vegetables in the annual Delta County Fair, and she has a lot of ribbons to show for it.

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Parade grand marshals are committed to ag, the fair

Parade grand marshals are Les and Dorothy Mergelman. Both are multi-generational residents of western Colorado.

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Tracy Munson switches careers, resumes focus on art

It took four years, but Tracy Munson sold her gallery on Main Street and in the process discovered a new career.

Munson's Main Street Gallery and Em-pour-ium was purchased by Stacy and Scott Malmgren of Castle Rock in late May.

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Aug. 4 proclaimed Anna Marie Suppes Day
Aug. 4 proclaimed Anna Marie Suppes Day

Anna Marie Suppes celebrated her 100th birthday last week, first with a party at Crossroads Assisted Living, then with a family celebration at the Olathe Community Center on Saturday.

Anna Marie has been a resident of Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta for eight years.

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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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People in the News Justman

Benjamin Justman, a graduate of Paonia High School, graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in geology.

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People in the News

The local students listed below were named to the Dean's List of Distinction or the Dean's Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.

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A godly man
A godly man

James Conley grew up on a farm in Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.

He had a career in agriculture banking for eight years. That career led him to Chanute, Kan., the home town of his future wife, Vicki Starr. James and Vicki were married in 1988.

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Unexpected reunion for Hotchkiss pioneer descendants
Unexpected reunion for Hotchkiss pioneer descendants

In 1881, Enos T. Hotchkiss, accompanied by brothers George and William Duke, became one of the earliest settlers in the North Fork Valley. They would stake claims for land and prepare to live in this new frontier. The younger brother, Edward Miles Duke, would arrive the following spring.

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Bindi Pennetta named outstanding law grad

Bindi Pennetta was selected as the 2016 "Outstanding Law Graduate" of the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, Wyo. Commencement exercises were held May 14.

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Paonia entrepreneur awarded CCI grant
Paonia entrepreneur awarded CCI grant

There was a time when an entrepreneur wanting to start a cottage industry business sought a small business loan, set up shop in their home or garage, and advertised their business through signs, in local papers and on radio.

Teresa Shishim is a good example of today's entrepreneur.

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Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation
Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation

Orton Family Foundation executive director David Leckey announces the hiring of Alexis Halbert as senior associate of programs in the foundation's Arvada office.

"As the Orton Family Foundation brings our resident-driven community development method to towns across the country, Alexis will play a key role on our programs team," Leckey said.

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People in the News Webb/Wecker

In a ceremony on Saturday, April 30, Skylyn Webb of Delta, Theodore Wecker of Hotchkiss and over 500 Fort Lewis College graduates and their families packed Whalen Gymnasium for spring commencement. The commencement address was delivered by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia.

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Parade grand marshal embodies ag tradition
Parade grand marshal embodies ag tradition

Deltarado Days is an opportunity for area residents to come together to celebrate our rich agricultural and ranching heritage. This year's theme, "Hats Off to Agriculture," embraces that heritage, as does the selection of Virginia Shea as parade grand marshal.

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Linda Lario earns RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Lario earns RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Lario with RE/MAX Mountain West has been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than six percent of all active agents in the RE/MAX network have achieved this prestigious award since its inception.

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People in the News Anderson
People in the News Anderson

Courtney Anderson, co-valedictorian of Delta High School Class of 2012, was named to the Dean's List at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Engineering for the spring 2016 semester.

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Toby King honored
Toby King honored

The Montrose Community Band has been blessed over the past eight years to be under the baton of Delta resident Toby King. His musical knowledge, patience and leadership ability help this band to grow in musicianship and ability with each and every concert.

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Holden selected for leadership program

Jace Holden has been selected to participate in the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program as part of the Class of 2017. Holden is the director of Tiny Treasures Preschool at Delta's Redeemer Lutheran Church.

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Jerry Pope is retiring
Jerry Pope is retiring

Jerry Pope is retiring after 44 years with Producers Coop in Olathe. Friends and customers are invited to celebrate with him Saturday, July 2, noon to 4 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center.

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Firefighters retire
Firefighters retire

Larry Reeder (left) and Ben Martinez retired from the Delta Volunteer Fire Department after 20 years of service. At their retirement party, Emily Martinez, Ben's daughter, read a touching letter she had written.

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People in the News Estanol

Charles Estanol of Paonia was recently awarded a doctor of ministry degree from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.

All told, 365 students received bachelor's degrees after completing study in one of George Fox's 41 undergraduate bachelor's degree majors or its adult degree programs.

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People in the News Oxford; Weber

Mason Oxford of Hotchkiss was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Montana State University for spring semester 2016.

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Cory woman walks for others
Cory woman walks for others

E.J. Verdahl of Cory is stepping up to help others.

E.J. logs every step she takes in a project to raise funds for charity.

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Paige Bowling seeks pageant title
Paige Bowling seeks pageant title

Paige Bowling, a 2013 Delta High School graduate, is running for the title of Miss Colorado America June 9-11. Bowling is a junior at Colorado School of Mines pursuing degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering and another in biochemistry.

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Crowning achievement
Crowning achievement

President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Academy 2016 graduate Michael Barnosky at the USAFA commencement ceremony on June 2. Michael, a Delta County resident, graduated from Cedaredge High School in 2012 where he was a high school All-American swimmer.

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People in the News Deal/Webb

The following area students were named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester. These students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.

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People in the News Howard/Kropp

Hannah Howard of Delta and Kacey Kropp of Paonia were among the 1,306 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2016 commencement ceremonies May 6-7.

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People in the News Ames

Katherine Ames of Delta, a freshman at Fort Lewis College, was honored with the college mathematics HOPE Award. This award is for students who demonstrate hard work, have possibly overcome obstacles, have shown persistence and have high expectations, as evidenced by exponential growth throughout the term.

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Author draws on experience as hospital administrator
Author draws on experience as hospital administrator

Cedaredge resident John Mitchell has drawn upon his experience as a hospital administrator to write a novel titled "Medical Necessity," with the subhead, "Sometimes the Worst Complication is Standing Right in Front of You."

Mitchell worked at Delta County Memorial Hospital during a career that took him from Washington state to the Front Range of Colorado.

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People in the News Stelzer

Jheri Stelzer of Cedaredge received a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders

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Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University
Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University

"Sign your life away, Bo," said Paonia wrestling coach Andy Pipher.

With that, Bo Pipher fulfilled a lifelong dream last Wednesday when he signed a Letter of Intent to wrestle for national champion Penn State.

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People In The News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for Term II, winter 2016.

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Skylyn Webb earns academic, athletic honors from Fort Lewis
Skylyn Webb earns academic, athletic honors from Fort Lewis

Skylyn Webb of Delta was chosen as an outstanding student in psychology by the faculty and department staff at Fort Lewis College. All outstanding students will be recognized Friday, April 29, at an on-campus ceremony.

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People in the News Fabula

Nicholas Fabula of Delta recently graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) with a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

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Delta County Libraries celebrate resident writer
Delta County Libraries celebrate resident writer

Laura Lee Yates has been working at the Paonia Library for over 10 years. In that time, she has become well known for both her popular adult programs and her ability to connect people with the right books.

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Delta man believes he's designed a better mousetrap
Delta man believes he's designed a better mousetrap

Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door."

Delta resident Gary Chism believes he's designed that "better mousetrap," which he markets under the name "The Trap."

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Breitnauer retires after 16 years on hospital board
Breitnauer retires after 16 years on hospital board

John G. Breitnauer Jr. is a pharmacist who has contributed his health care expertise as a member of the Delta County Memorial Hospital board of directors for 16 years. He is retiring from the DCMH board this spring.

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Olathe grower named CCAC president
Olathe grower named CCAC president

Following the recent passing of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) president Charlie Bartlett, CCAC board members elected Doug Wilson as the new president with a unanimous vote earlier this month.

"We lost an incredible leader with Charlie's passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit as we address the challenges facing agriculture, and as we make investments on behalf of Colorado corn farmers," said Wilson, who farms near Olathe.

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Mike Gwinn: 'Still going 70 in a 55'
Mike Gwinn: 'Still going 70 in a 55'

For more than a decade, Mike Gwinn has been at the heart of the Western Slope music scene.

"I've played in some of the strangest, most unlikely places," said Gwinn, whose first public appearance was in 1959.

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Local snowmobilers are 'Ultimate' racers
Local snowmobilers are 'Ultimate' racers

After graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 2010, Jesse Hotchkiss didn't plan to race snowmobiles. But in 2012 he traveled to the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) national championships in Jackson Hole as part of the Weekender Sports crew.

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People in the News Ford

The University of Wyoming lists 44 students from Colorado on the 2015 fall semester Provost's Honor Roll, including Daniel Ford of Paonia.

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Charles Homedew celebrates 100th birthday
Charles Homedew celebrates 100th birthday

Family members gathered at Willow Tree Care Center this weekend to celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Homedew.

He was born in Hugoton, Kan., March 28, 1916, the second of six children born to Samuel and Rosa Homedew.

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Schwieterman recalls highs, lows as mayor
Schwieterman recalls highs, lows as mayor

Neal Schwieterman believes that society works best when people give back to their community. For him, giving back to Paonia, where he moved to seek a more peaceful place for his family, has meant almost 12 years of service to the Paonia Board of Trustees.

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Bank executive is retiring
Bank executive is retiring

Richard Jeffrey will be retiring as chief credit officer from First Colorado National Bank.

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PHS grad wins state honor

Anna Burns-Meza, a 2001 graduate of Paonia High School, has been named the 2016 Colorado Manager of the Year by the Colorado School Nutrition Association. She will be recognized at the annual summer conference of CSNA in June.

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A saga of  survival  & faith
A saga of survival & faith

Cedaredge native Keith Loucks has published a novel about adventure and survival ­-- a book that entertains as it educates, and one that examines deeper questions of living Christian faith in a dangerously fallen world.

In the 405-page novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," the normal, everyday American life is reduced in a moment to the level of Third World deprivation when a nuclear device is exploded in the upper stratosphere 30 miles above.

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People in the News Garcia

U.S. Air Force Airman Tyler Q. Garcia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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People in the News Clock, Park

Azusa Pacific University students served in ministry through the Center for Student Action during the fall 2015 semester.

Tiffany Clock and Jayson Park, both biology majors from Paonia, served in Mexico Outreach.

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Gary Hubbell graduates from Texas Auction Academy
Gary Hubbell graduates from Texas Auction Academy

Gary Hubbell, real estate broker with United Country Colorado Brokers in Hotchkiss, is proud to announce that he is a recent graduate of the Texas Auction Academy, one of the world's foremost auction schools.

The nine-day intensive auctioneering course teaches not only the basics of building the auctioneer's bid-calling "chant," but covers many different aspects of the auctioneering business, including marketing, clerking, business practices, and auction law.

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DCMH's Rustebakke wins Nightingale award
DCMH's Rustebakke wins Nightingale award

Carol Rustebakke, RN, from Delta County Memorial Hospital was the winner of the Nightingale Luminary Award for western Colorado in an awards banquet March 5 in Grand Junction, according to Jody Roeber, DCMH chief clinical officer. Rustebakke is a dedicated registered nurse of 43 years.

She won this award for "Innovation in Clinical Practice."

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Sweethearts honored at Delta Senior Center
Sweethearts honored at Delta Senior Center

Love was in the air on Feb. 12, as the Delta Senior Center honored Dennis and Alietta Valdovinos as valentine sweethearts during the midday meal gathering.

The Valdovinoses have been married for 50 years and have lived in Delta for 37 years.

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96 years of service and fulfillment
96 years of service and fulfillment

Among the many things that bring fulfillment to Dorothy Loyer's life is playing the organ.

Dorothy was 17 when the church organist died and the pastor turned to Dorothy to take her place.

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Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system
Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system

Crawford's own Jeneve Rose Mitchell will appear for at least one more week in the 15th and final season of American Idol after impressive performances as a Top 24 finalist.

On the Feb. 3 show, which airs on Fox, Mitchell wowed the audience and three celebrity judges, sealing a place among the Top 14 finalists and capturing the judges' hearts with a moving cover of Sarah Mclachlan's "Angels."

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People in the News Webb

Skylyn Webb of Delta was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. Webb's major is psychology.

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A  life turn  to art
A life turn to art

When Sue Jochum decided it was time to leave the corporate world of high technology and pursue her life-long passion for art, she chose the Surface Creek Valley as home to be near other family who live here.

Now, with her computer programming days behind her, she is finding the time to enjoy plein air painting sessions with friends, to participate with her work in shows and exhibitions, and to develop an enterprise in portrait painting, a discipline that she has discovered a natural talent for.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the first term of 2015.

Students who earn a 3.6 or greater grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the academic term are recognized on the Elmira College Dean's List for academic excellence.

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Swoffer off to Australia
Swoffer off to Australia

Cedaredge junior Isaac Swoffer has been invited to play in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. He will be participating in this international event on the Mountain Conference Football Team during the summer of 2016.

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People In The News Roeber

Anthony Roeber of Paonia earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs; CFSP is the funeral service's national recognition.

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Neighbor helping neighbor
Neighbor helping neighbor

Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.

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Artist demonstrates raku firing techniques
Artist demonstrates raku firing techniques

The arts community comprises a vibrant part of Surface Creek Valley's community life.

The ongoing displays, occasional special shows and events celebrating the arts are enhanced by local artists who give individual instruction at their homes and their studios, thereby increasing the knowledge, talent base and participation in arts here.

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People in the News Fisher & Smith

Isaac Fisher, a veterinary medicine student from Hotchkiss, and Benjamin Smith, an animal science major from Paonia, were named to the Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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People In The News Tembrock

Luke Tembrock received a Ph.D. in botany from the School of Biology at Colorado State University at commencement exercises on Dec. 18. Dr. Tembrock attended Hotchkiss schools, graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 1997.

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Raymond Rowland turns 100

Raymond Rowland, former resident of Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss, will turn 100 years old Feb. 6.

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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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People in the News Music

Bryanna Music of Delta was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Ottawa University for the fall 2015 semester.

Dean's Honor Roll honorees must be full-time degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours during the preceding semester and earned a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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People in the News Wientjes

MeLissa E. Wientjes of Delta, a senior majoring in agricultural sciences, was named to the scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University.

Wientjes earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing.

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People In The News Weber

Tessa Weber of Hotchkiss has been named to the Chatham University School of Arts, Science & Business Dean's List for the fall 2015 term.

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Valley lifestyle is about its people
Valley lifestyle is about its people

Nelson and Marilyn Cederberg will both miss the same thing about the Surface Creek Valley lifestyle when they move to Florida soon.

They will most of all miss the people here -- the neighbors and friends they have made over 10 years of sharing their lives and being an active part of community in Surface Creek Valley.

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People In The News Ness

U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew Ness graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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People In The News Oxford

Mason Oxford of Hotchkiss was named to the Montana State University 2015 fall semester honor roll.

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A caring healer
A caring healer

Norman Vincent knew when he was in third grade that he would become a veterinarian.

He lived on a farm with his family.

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Livestock producers honor Dixie Luke, Dee Burns
Livestock producers honor Dixie Luke, Dee Burns

The Delta County Livestock Association held its annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 5. We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the banquet a success!

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Avid reader installs a Little Free Library on Leon Street
Avid reader installs a Little Free Library on Leon Street

A growing movement called the Little Free Library has caught on in western Colorado. Pea Green first established a neighborhood library; now Delta has one of its own.

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Clay Norell to compete at National Western
Clay Norell to compete at National Western

Clay Norell is a busy guy. When the DCI finally caught up with the Hotchkiss rancher, he was hauling cattle.

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New American citizens welcomed
New American citizens welcomed

Residents of Delta, Cedaredge, Olathe and Montrose were among the 20 people who officially became new American citizens on Dec. 16.

A Delta resident, Graciela Salazar-Rizo, and a Montrose resident, Lina Bleier, successfully completed the established U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) citizenship process at a ceremony held in the U.S. courthouse at Grand Junction.

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Todd Sheets wants to promote Delta County
Todd Sheets wants to promote Delta County

Todd Sheets is a videographer and owner of Hutman Media in Hotchkiss. His films have been used in promoting the area for almost a decade. A former chair for the Delta County Tourism Council, he's helped promote the area "where the deserts greet the mountains and the mesas."

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Delta's Alpine Bank welcomes Barbara Wolfe, Tammy Anderson
Delta's Alpine Bank welcomes Barbara Wolfe, Tammy Anderson

Alpine Bank is pleased to announce the relocation of longtime employee, Barbara Wolfe (assistant vice president/branch manager), to the Delta branch as well as welcome Tammy Anderson to the Alpine Bank family.

Barbara Wolfe is a Colorado native, growing up on a ranch in the eastern plains of Colorado. Wolfe's career in banking began in 1981.

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People in the News Music

Bryanna Music of Delta was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Ottawa University for the fall 2015 semester.

Dean's Honor Roll honorees must be full-time degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours during the preceding semester and earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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John Gavan is 'bullish' on Delta County
John Gavan is 'bullish' on Delta County

When it comes to technology, John Gavan is pretty smart.

Few people in Delta County understand more than Gavan the positive repercussions of last week's announcement that Delta-Montrose Electric Association will move forward with providing high-speed broadband Internet throughout its service area.

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Crawford teen lands American Idol audition
Crawford teen lands American Idol audition

Jeneve Rose Mitchell has been performing music most of her life. Her dad introduced her to music at age 3. The first song she learned was The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Alice Penick nursing scholarship awarded
Alice Penick nursing scholarship awarded

PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award Kayla Sanders with this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The $500 was given to Sanders at Delta-Montrose Technical College.

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Kelly Johnson attains certified journalism educator status

Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.

Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.

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People In The News Knutson

Congressman Scott Tipton announced this week that he has nominated Lydia Knutson, a senior at Cedaredge High School, to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Rep. Tipton nominated 24 students from Colorado's 3rd Congressional District to service academies this year.

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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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Finochios celebrate golden anniversary
Finochios celebrate golden anniversary

Dan and Judy Finochio of Cedaredge celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 30. They have been together ever since that first motorcycle ride.

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75th anniversary celebrated
75th anniversary celebrated

Duke and Edith Jardon are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary Dec. 23 with their three sons and families, relatives and friends. Papa Murphy's pizza and ice cream will be the order of the day.

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Retiring after 40 years
Retiring after 40 years

The familiar, smiling face and cheerful, helpful voice of Carolyn Clemens will no longer be the first encounter that citizens have with Delta County administration. Clemens and many friends marked her retirement from nearly 40 years as receptionist and administrative assistant at the Delta County Courthouse.

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People In The News Wilson

Doug Wilson of Olathe was re-elected as vice president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee during its annual meeting in December. At the same meeting Charlie Barlett of Merino was elected president, Troy Schneider of Burlington as secretary and Chris Wagner of Longmont as treasurer.

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People In The News James

Clare James is one of two recipients of the 2015 Colorado Clinical Laboratory Undergraduate Student Scholarship provided by a number of clinical laboratory professional organizations, including Colorado Association for Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Colorado, and Clinical Laboratory Management Association Centennial Chapter.

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Gunn returns to Delta County Libraries
Gunn returns to Delta County Libraries

A former employee has found her way back to the Delta County Libraries, and her return will be evident in all five libraries over the next few months.

LaDonna Gunn started working for Delta County Libraries in 2007.

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A  Christmas wonderland
A Christmas wonderland

When Christmas is approaching every year, Yvonne Rowland's world takes on added energy and excitement.

She, and friends who help her, pull down from her garage and the loft in her office boxes filled with Christmas tree branches and boxes and boxes and boxes of ornaments, nativity scenes, Father Christmas depictions, and figurines of many characters familiar to our Christmas celebrations.

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Pages celebrate golden anniversary
Pages celebrate golden anniversary

Les and Sheila Page of Paonia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16. They were married in Dundee, Scotland, in 1965, and plan to celebrate their anniversary in Central City.

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Glenwood Springs '65 grads sought

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50-year class reunion (one year late) Sept. 16-17, 2016, and information is sought on these classmates:

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Young author pens children's books
Young author pens children's books

A young Surface Creek writer who has had three of her children's books published says she is planning more stories about the exploits of her reptillian protagonist -- her pet, Sepren -- a bearded dragon.

Twelve-year-old Winnie Hirsch has written three adventure stories about the exploits of Sepren.

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Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager
Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager

Senior CommUnity Care, Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Christa Coats as the new nurse manager of Senior CommUnity Care's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Coats earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mesa University and her master's of science in nursing from Walden University.

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Family ties bind  Paonia's sports heritage
Family ties bind Paonia's sports heritage

Here on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado, you can tell the history of a town through the history of its prep sports teams.

In 1902, the town of Paonia was founded by Samuel Wade.

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Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable
Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable

Bruce Bair, public works director for the Town of Crawford, has been named an at-large member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. Bair expressed interest in the roundtable in September when Wendell Koontz, the mayor of Hotchkiss and senior mine geologist for Arch Coal, announced he would be stepping down as municipal representative for Delta County.

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It is never dull when municipal court is in session
It is never dull when municipal court is in session

Of the five cases that came before Paonia Municipal Court Judge Bradley Kolman on Nov. 12, two of the defendants were no-shows. One had a good excuse: he was in jail on a town warrant after an earlier failure to appear on shoplifting charges.

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Local letter carrier earns top state honor
Local letter carrier earns top state honor

Patty Arnold, a letter carrier who works out of the Cedaredge Post Office, has been presented with a statewide award from the letter carriers' union -- the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

The annual Outstanding Member of the Year honor for top-notch work with colleagues and customers is given to only one of the union's members every year in each state, and in Puerto Rico.

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Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair
Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair

Dr. Sam Kevan has an impeccable reputation as the dedicated committee chair for continuing medical education (CME) for some 28 years at Delta County Memorial Hospital, and as an experienced family practice and emergency department physician for well over 30 years.

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PHS grad competes on college meat judging team
PHS grad competes on college meat judging team

Abby Campbell, a junior agriculture business and economics major at West Texas A&M University, recently participated in the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held Nov. 10 in Friona, Texas. Campbell is a 2012 graduate of Paonia High School.

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A medic's perspective
A medic's perspective

Bill Rea, a medic, landed with his platoon at Easy Red on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus-one.

Rea, a retired teacher and former Orchard City trustee, was drafted into the Army at age 19.

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David Starr has a new project

Cedaredge's David Starr announced last week that a new music project of his is nearing completion.

In an email, Starr says that he is "just back from a successful fall mini-tour of Texas and a quick trip to Arkansas, and I'm pleased to share with you that my new CD, "Love and Sabotage," is nearing completion.

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Grateful owner hopes to express his thanks

Bert Sargent would like to thank the young person who found an item he lost in the parking lot of City Market on Oct. 27. The young man or young lady who found the item took it to the store.

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People In The News Childress

Army Staff Sgt. Casey Childress has arrived for duty as an Army recruiter with Tucson Army Recruiting Company, Casa Grande Army Recruiting Center, Arizona.

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His music lifts their loneliness
His music lifts their loneliness

The idea that anyone in this world would feel alone is an idea that Phil Ellsworth has not become reconciled to.

Phil is the affable man whose gentle strains of sweet harmonica music are heard at the doorway of FoodTown whenever Cedaredge Rotary Club stages a fundraiser raffle ticket sale there.

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Foster bids Rotary adieu after 56 years

For more than five decades, Don Foster has helped keep the wheel of the North Fork Rotary Club turning. He has shaken countless hands, attended more than 2,500 meetings both here and abroad, helped raise money for scholarships, non-profits and other notable causes, dropped many a dollar in the donations can and sung a lot of silly songs.

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Many thanks for years of volunteer service
Many thanks for years of volunteer service

Local seniors who enjoy noontime meals, social time together, and other activities at the Civic Center will be missing the everyday, smiling, friendly and always helpful presence of Isal Shields.

Shields, who has been a volunteer at the meal site helping with table service and also in the kitchen, has decided at age 91 to retire from her volunteer service there.

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Melissa Palmer charged with hospital quality
Melissa Palmer charged with hospital quality

Melissa Palmer, RN is taking over the duties and responsibilities of quality director at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as Jeanine Finnell, RN retired recently.

"Melissa has the personality and dedication to provide leadership in defining, implementing and integrating quality, safety and efficiency strategies into the organizational processes," said chief clinical officer Jody Roeber.

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Finnell retires as quality director

Jeanine Finnell, RN recently retired as the quality director for DCMH, a position she held for the past two years. She has worked at the Delta hospital for the past eight years in obstetrics, infection control/employee health and in risk management.

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Future Eagle Scout undaunted by bureaucratic process
Future Eagle Scout undaunted by bureaucratic process

When local Boy Scout Derek Holt came before the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees on Sept. 22, seeking approval and help with funding to place bleachers at the Apple Valley tennis courts for his Eagle Scout project, he didn't quite get the response he expected.

"I thought they would say OK," and that would be it, said Holt.

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New mom celebrates a year of being smoke-free
New mom celebrates a year of being smoke-free

Sarah Hall tried every smoking cessation program imaginable, from hypnotherapy to the patch to acupuncture. It wasn't until she tried electric acupressure on her ear that she was able to successfully modify her behavior and kick her smoking habit.

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Concert benefits 11-year-old boy with rare form of cancer
Concert benefits 11-year-old boy with rare form of cancer

A benefit concert is being planned for Tyler Clymo, an 11-year-old Cedaredge boy who is battling cancer.

Tyler is a fifth grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.

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Descendants of World War II pilot sought
Descendants of World War II pilot sought

After almost a year of searching for information about a World War II plane crash site discovered in Osteen, Fla., Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., has concluded the crash site is consistent with the wreck of an SBD-5 Dauntless bomber assigned to the Deland Naval Air Station in Florida. The pilot has been identified as Ensign William T. Bellmire of Delta.

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Wish granted for Delta 9-year-old and his family
Wish granted for Delta 9-year-old and his family

Nine-year-old Jeremiah Hitzfelder was recently granted a dream trip to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Jeremiah's trip was granted by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers the dreams of children living with lifelong chronic illnesses, physical challenges, or the trauma of abuse.

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People in the News Deal

Rebecca Deal of Eckert is a resident assistant for Fort Lewis College for the 2015-16 academic year. Deal is majoring in elementary education.

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PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation
PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation

It may have come 46 years after the fact, but Frank Michael Griffin is officially a high school graduate. Griffin was awarded an honorary diploma from Paonia High School during halftime ceremonies of Friday's Homecoming football game.

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Paonia woman needs a hero with a kidney
Paonia woman needs a hero with a kidney

Masa Holle, a resident of Paonia, is badly in need of a kidney. Holle, 62, is a Naropa grad with a successful counseling practice.

According to Liz Payton, a friend of Holle's from Boulder, Masa has kidney failure of unknown origin.

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People In The News Deal

Rebecca Deal of Eckert is a resident assistant for Fort Lewis College for the 2015-16 academic year. Deal is majoring in elementary education.

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Melissa Gross leads CHS band to excellence
Melissa Gross leads CHS band to excellence

Cedaredge High School welcomed Melissa Gross as the new band director in 2014. She led the marching band to not only another state championship last year, but to a performance at the Rockies game and an invitation to Washington, D.C.

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Eckert artist awarded top spot in California quilt exhibit
Eckert artist awarded top spot in California quilt exhibit

When you hear the word "doors" do you think of entering your home or job or storefront, a hidden passage, or something more abstract and emotional? Twenty-four members of the Grand Junction Art Quilt Association (AQuA) submitted their fiber interpretation of "Doors" for a special exhibit to hang in October at both the Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs and the 24th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, Calif.

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People In The News Penick

Army Pvt. Katelin M. Penick has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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People In The News Sims

Army Pvt. Larissa D. Sims has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Skylyn Webb earns academic award

Skylyn Webb of Delta earned the 2014-15 Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award recognition. Webb, a member of the Fort Lewis College Skyhawk women's basketball team, is majoring in exercise science - exercise physiology option.

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Emily Anderson awarded $600 Knights scholarship
Emily Anderson awarded $600 Knights scholarship

Dennis "Hoot" Harlan, Grand Knight of Our Lady of the Rockies, Knights of Columbus, Council 11731 of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission in Cedaredge, presented a $600 scholarship to Emily Marie Anderson at Sunday Mass.

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Benefit for Ray Penland to be held Saturday
Benefit for Ray Penland to be held Saturday

A benefit dinner and dance for firefighter and longtime Hotchkiss resident Ray Penland will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Hotchkiss Fire District headquarters, 193 Hotchkiss Avenue.

Penland, a family man and the longtime assistant fire chief in charge of the Redlands Mesa Substation, was injured in a fall last spring while farming and is currently unable to perform his duties.

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School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment
School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment

Angie Watson wants her daughter to have a chance at a normal life.

Alexis Watson, 13, was born with a rare chromosome irregularity, 4p-11p maternity Trisomy, and communicates through simple words, gestures, and American Sign Language.

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Paonia grad joins Teach for America anniversary corps

Teach For America announced last week that a Paonia local has been accepted into the organization's 2015 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national non-profit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities.

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Donna Cok graduates magna cum laude
Donna Cok graduates magna cum laude

Donna Cok finished her MBA in health care administration with a 3.62 GPA. Her passion for children and teaching have inspired her to return as a director in clinical education at one of the top leading children's hospitals in the country.

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Chermak to model project at state fair
Chermak to model project at state fair

Mandi Chermak will represent Delta County when she models her grand champion 4-H clothing project later this month at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

Chermak, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado and daughter of Cristen and Rick Chermak of Hotchkiss,

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People In The News

The local students listed below have been named to the Dean's List of Distinction or the Dean's Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

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People In The News Baier

Christa Baier of Delta was named to the University of Dallas Honor Roll for the spring 2015 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.0-3.49.

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Atchley, Grother named to NCA board

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced the appointment of two area residents to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council.

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