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New Year's baby
New Year's baby

William Andrew Gowen was expected at Christmas, but waited until Jan. 3, 2017, to come into the new year. Dr. Lewis and his daddy assisted with the birth, which clocked in at 9:55 p.m.

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It's official: Police chief takes oath
It's official: Police chief takes oath

Luke Fedler promised to "keep Delta the safe and treasured community we have grown to expect," during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The ceremony took place during the first Delta City Council meeting of the year.

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Sentence modification denied for Trever Rawson's killer

After apologizing to the family of Trever Rawson for yet another court hearing, Judge Keri Yoder denied a modification in the six-year prison sentence handed to the man responsible for the death of their son and brother in 2013.

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Yager to be retried; DA adds first degree murder charges

In late 2016, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of Nathan Yager, who is serving a prison sentence for the murder of his estranged wife, Melinda, in Paonia in 2011.

Yager pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the insanity plea was taken off the table just prior to closing arguments.

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9-1-1 fee increase proposed

An application has been filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to increase the 9-1-1 surcharge from 70 cents to $1 per month. The increase will affect all users of exchange telephone, wireless, wireline and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telecommunications services within Delta County.

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DMTC bid for vacant building falls short

School superintendent Caryn Gibson reports that a bid on the old City Market building was declined.

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BoCC support sought for Fort Uncompahgre

During the BoCC's final meeting of 2016, commissioners received a report about programs being offered at Fort Uncompahgre. Chris Miller of the Western Colorado Interpretative Association, who gave the presentation, got a pledge for some financial help from the county to help with the fort's expanding list of projects and attractions.

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Law enforcement blotter Jan. 11, 2017

Betty J. Houseweart, 70, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 92. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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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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Management group forming to help fight spruce beetle

The Public Lands Partnership (PLP) is accepting nominations of individuals who represent specific stakeholder interests to serve on a collaborative Adaptive Management Group (AMG). The primary purpose of the group will be to assist the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest in the implementation and monitoring of treatment projects designed to respond to the spruce beetle epidemic and decline of aspen stands occurring in specific priority areas on the GMUG.

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Atchley to serve as BoCC chair

County Commissioner Doug Atchley, District #2, was chosen Tuesday to serve as chairman of the Delta Board of County Commissioners during 2017. District #3 Commissioner Mark Roeber was chosen vice chairman at the new commission's first meeting.

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Building renovation progresses
Building renovation progresses

The day before snow started falling in Delta, crews finished the exterior repairs of Davis Clothing, on the southwest corner of 4th and Main.

The building suffered extensive damage Thanksgiving Day, when a Grand Junction woman, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, rammed her RV through the side of the building. The popular mural depicting Delta County fruit labels was also damaged.

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Broadband project is on the fast track
Broadband project is on the fast track

The effort to bring high speed broadband to Delta County is moving much faster than anyone anticipated. Working with Region 10 and contractor TCS Communications, the City of Delta has seen installation of fiber optic cables throughout the city.

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Blood draw, health fair registration opens Jan. 9
Blood draw, health fair registration opens Jan. 9

Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.

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Kolb charged with child sex assault

A grand jury has returned an indictment against Dustin Kolb, 38, of Delta, charging him with sexual assault on a child by a person in trust, with the victim being under the age of 15, as part of a pattern of abuse. The charge is a third degree felony.

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Hospital opts out

The board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital has elected to opt out of Proposition 106, approved by the state's voters in November 2016. The proposition allows physicians to prescribe medical aid-in-dying medication to terminally ill individuals under certain conditions.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 4, 2017

Harlan D. Watkins, 25, of Olathe was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $750 bond.

Dennis J. Jameson, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged resisting arrest and second degree assault on a peace officer.

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Weedman handed four-year sentence

On Dec. 20, Delta resident Aaron Weedman was sentenced to a four-year sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Weedman pleaded guilty to vehicular assault -- under the influence, a class 4 felony, and aggravated motor vehicle theft, also a class 4 felony.

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VFW spreads holiday warmth
VFW spreads holiday warmth

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 and its Auxiliary donated most of their day Saturday, Dec. 17, to honor and remember American veterans.

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Make a difference: Become a HopeWest volunteer in 2017

During a time when most people are reflecting on their previous year and considering what they want to do differently for the year to come, HopeWest is offering an opportunity for people to find meaning and joy in the new year by becoming a HopeWest volunteer.

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VFW distributes food to veterans
VFW distributes food to veterans

Members of VFW Post 3571 were able to distribute over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to 24 veterans and their families in the Delta area, thanks to a cooperative project between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

CABA and the VFW worked together for the sixth year to make their Holiday Airlift a success statewide.

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Marijuana use is being linked to severe vomiting

There are plenty of studies that discuss the benefits of marijuana use. New literature links cannabis to the improvement of many diseases, including the use of marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of nausea in chemotherapy patients.

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