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Pat Sunderland
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Hotchkiss trustees support Creamery, Farm to Fiddle

As a nonprofit organization, the Creamery Arts Center relies on volunteer and community support to keep its doors open. Linda Tullis is also seeking a Colorado Creative Industries grant to help with operating costs.

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City purchases West Home Center property

The City of Delta has purchased the West Home Center property at 327 Main Street for $19,033.62 -- the current and past property taxes on the land. The building has no value, according to county property records.

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Brewery tees up food service at Devil's Thumb

Effective June 1, Needle Rock Brewing Company is assuming food and beverage operations at Devil's Thumb Golf Course.

Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose has successfully partnered with a local brewery, said Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta.

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Music to his ears

Music to his ears

When Norman Smith decided to try his hand at composing, he didn't mess around. While in high school, he attempted to write an entire Mass and he admits it was just terrible!

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Cedaredge vandals ID'd

Two groups of students -- one which TP'd the campus and the other which spray painted vulgar sayings on outbuildings and picnic tables at Cedaredge middle and high schools have been identified.

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Salaries, security top 50J budget priorities

Legislative action at the state capitol has paved the way for 4.6 percent salary increases for Delta County School District employees. As an added benefit, health insurance costs are holding steady and an increase in employee contributions to PERA, the state retirement system, won't take effect until July 2019.

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Stock dog competition was 'exceptional'

Stock dog competition was 'exceptional'

Handlers traveled from California, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota and other parts of the state to take part in the 15th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.

Over three days of competition, the handlers worked with the dogs to herd small groups of sheep through a course laid out in a pasture owned by the Hotchkiss family.

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Ag, science, JROTC students pitch in to beautify DHS campus

Ag, science and JROTC students are combining their efforts to beautify the campus of Delta High School. Along the way, they're learning new skills, discovering career possibilities, and applying their math lessons to real-life problems.

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Groundbreaking kicks off DMS construction

Groundbreaking kicks off DMS construction

Delta Middle School students settled comfortably beneath the trees in the open grassy space just south of the seventh-eighth grade wing for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon. This spot will soon be fenced off, as the sixth grade wing is demolished and a new two-story structure begins to take shape.

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Christopher Ryan elected mayor pro-tem of Delta

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Teachers, principals get high marks

Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.

A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.

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Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

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Inspired by natural materials

Inspired by natural materials

Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.

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Performing pooches

Performing pooches

Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.

But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.

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Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

In the closing days of 1999, fears of Y2K mounted. Doomsayers warned that when the date turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, a programming bug would shut down computers across the globe.

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Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words

Middle school can have a profound impact on young lives. As a teacher at Delta Middle School, Bret Hamilton has not only seen how adolescent lives are shaped by their experiences in and out of the classroom, he also recognizes the impact middle school had on his own life.

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Crazy for Corvettes

Crazy for Corvettes

Not long after the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, one of the original models was totaled in a single-car accident near Ron Austin's childhood home in Redding, Calif. The accident drew a crowd of curious neighbors, none of whom knew what a Corvette was at the time.

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A touch of elegance

A touch of elegance

Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.

She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.

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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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In a class by herself

In a class by herself

Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.

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Quilts as art

Quilts as art

Every quilt is one-of-a-kind, snippets of colors and pattern layered together to create stunning table runners, wall hangings and bed covers. The process often begins with a pattern or even a kit, with precut fabric swatches in complementary colors.

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Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Don Benjamin: Author, cartoonist, teacher

Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.

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Pine needle artistry

Pine needle artistry

A craft show on HGTV inspired Ruth Ann Hake to try her hand at pine needle basketry.

"I was just fascinated," Ruth Ann said, "so I bought a couple of books and that's really been my only instruction."

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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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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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Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.

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Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Providing inspiration through liturgical art

Like the Shakers, Tim and Lyn Hinz express their faith through their craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the excellence of their work was a form of worship; their furniture and crafts came to be known as "religion in wood."

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The Binky Patrol: Hugs from the heart

The Binky Patrol:    Hugs from the heart

Hugs for kids. That's how Connie Harris and Terri Brubaker describe the blankets they make through the Binky Patrol, a nationwide effort to reach out to needy kids with a comforting handmade blanket, or "binky."

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Artistic expressions

Artistic expressions

Sandra Williamson is a talented artist who expresses her creativity in a variety of ways, but none is more unique than her vinegar painted furniture and accessories.

The technique dates to the Industrial Revolution, she explains.

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