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Paonia signage master planning underway

As Paonia garners more attention and more visitors, it's becoming very apparent that the town lacks signage. Signs, said Kristin Cypher, a planner and owner of Henderson-based C+B Design, are more than just directional in nat...

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Orchard City declares 'critical' water shortage  39 views

At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.

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Law enforcement blotter June 20, 2018  37 views

Officers took a report of an abandoned vehicle at Confluence Park.

Alison S. Manzanares, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an outstanding Colorado State Patrol warrant with a bond of $625.

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Orchard City residents appeal for trash and blight relief  34 views

Two dozen citizens were on hand at last week's regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees. While water issues dominated the agenda, it was during constituent time that residents voiced their concerns on other matters.

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Delta

Commissioners comment on North Fork mancos development

On June 7, the Delta County Board of Commissioners submitted to the Bureau of Land Management its comments on several elements of the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan.

Water. Commissioners wrote that protection of the quality and available quantity of water is always a concern of the county, particularly when construction and/or oil and gas development is conducted in any upstream watershed of water sources draining into and used by Delta County residents.

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Bicycle Tour of Colorado to make stop in Delta

One June 24, bicyclists will depart Leadville for a seven-day cycling tour that will take riders through Aspen and Carbondale. On June 25, they'll tackle McClure Pass, which tops out at 8,763 feet, and pass through Paonia and Hotchkiss en route to Delta.

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Chamber's new director gears up for summer events

Chamber's new director gears up for summer events

Paul Stockwell has been named the new executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Stockwell, formerly the program coordinator for Delta County Economic Development, will provide a similar type of business support, with a focus primarily on Delta, as opposed to DCED's efforts countywide.

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Upon reconsideration, Delta bans sale, use of fireworks

In the wake of Stage 2 fire restrictions throughout much of western Colorado and at the urging of Mayor Ron Austin, Delta City Council reconsidered the sale and use of personal fireworks at its June 18 meeting. The meeting was held one night earlier than usual due to a Colorado Municipal League conference in Vail which many council members planned to attend.

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Law enforcement blotter June 20, 2018

Officers took a report of an abandoned vehicle at Confluence Park.

Alison S. Manzanares, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an outstanding Colorado State Patrol warrant with a bond of $625.

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Fireworks display, sales will be allowed in Delta

Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.

The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss implements water restrictions

The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.

Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.

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Paonia residents asked to conserve their water use

The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.

At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent.

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Hotchkiss board considers variances, HopeWest donation

Members of the Hotchkiss Town Council granted one variance request and denied another at their monthly meeting June 14. Both decisions fell in line with recommendations from the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.

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Paonia awards bids for sidewalk, water tank repair

Paonia awards bids for sidewalk, water tank repair

Cost to repair the damaged lining of the one million-gallon storage tank at the Clock water treatment plant will exceed $78,000.

At the June 12 board meeting trustees approved a bid to sandblast the storage tank, which mainly provides potable water to Paonia proper.

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Bulls n' Broncs, mud volleyball are back for Cherry Days

The 13th annual Bulls N' Broncs War (formerly the North Fork Challenge) returns to the North Fork Horse Patrol on June 30. This year, $750 of added money will be added to each of the two

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Register for Cherry Days events

With the 72nd annual Cherry Days celebration fast approaching, be sure to plan ahead, as some of the more popular activities require registration.

This year's Cherry Days Parade categories include: children (17 and under), groups, antique/classic cars, antique tractors, animal, political, business, and other individual.

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Surface Creek

Arts center opening draws a crowd

Arts center opening draws a crowd

People began arriving early last Friday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC). Soon a growing crowd of arts enthusiasts lined the sidewalk at the corner of West Main and SW 2nd streets in downtown Cedaredge to await the official ribbon cutting.

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Cedaredge to consider drought restrictions June 21

The Cedaredge Board of Trustees will consider moving into Stage II drought restrictions at its Thursday, June 21, regular meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Cedaredge Civic Center.

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Orchard City declares 'critical' water shortage

At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.

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Orchard City residents appeal for trash and blight relief

Two dozen citizens were on hand at last week's regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees. While water issues dominated the agenda, it was during constituent time that residents voiced their concerns on other matters.

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Animal shelter grand opening set for June 23

Animal shelter grand opening set for June 23

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter invites the public to the grand opening of its new building this coming Saturday. Folks are invited to bring their dogs for a walk along the nearby Surface Creek Trail at 9:30 a.m.

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Trustees receive audit report

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, June 14. The bulk of the session was devoted to a presentation of the results of the town's independent audit by Pete Blair of Blair and Associates, P.C. Blair's official letter to the town stated, "We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the Town of Cedaredge, Colorado, as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017."

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Opinion

Qualified teachers should be armed

As a candidate for state House of Representatives HD61 the League of Women Voters, as one of only three questions, asked the following: What proposals would you pursue to secure student safety in schools?

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Nelson is the candidate we've been waiting for

Why am I voting for Teresa Nelson for county commissioner? I want a county commissioner who understands the importance of God, family and community.

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A simple step can make a community more inviting

A couple of years ago I was passing through Flagstaff. It felt different than many of the towns I went through.

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Pre-existing health conditions should be covered

Recent news reports indicate that a suit has been filed by attorneys general of 20 states charging that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. All 20 of those attorneys general are Republican.

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Citizens Police Academy was well worth the time

You could go to an Avengers movie, but we have our own heroes and they are way cooler. Starting on March 1, I attended my first class of a 10-week course called Citizens Police Academy.

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Big fans of North Fork Ambulance

On the night of May 25, for all practical purposes, I was dead on the floor of my own home. As a 60-year-old man in (what I thought was) relatively good health, I'd suffered both cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

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Sports

Former high school all-American offers non-pad skills camp

Former high school all-American offers non-pad skills camp

Tom Backhus believes that every kid who wants to plays football should have the right skills and good coaching.

Backhus, who lives in Paonia with wife Tess, founded the annual Vail Summer Football Camp in 1982. Now

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Skills Challenge a hit

This year's turnout for the annual Rockies' Skills Challenge, hosted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, was the biggest its been in some time. Assistant Bill Heddles Recreation Director Tyler Schumacker announced this year's participants included 75 youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 years old.

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Post-season baseball honors doled out in 3A

The 2018 Western Slope All-League baseball honors were released recently. Delta, the 3A WSL champion, landed six athletes on the 23-member first-team roster with one other player earning honorable mention honors. Cedaredge garnered four first-team selections and landed one honorable mention player.

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Four Bulldogs on 2018 all-state baseball team

Four Hotchkiss Bulldog baseball players were named all-state players by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Jonathan Gonzalez received All-State First Team honors.

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Seriani, Miller, CHSAA player, coach of year

For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.

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DHS athletes recognized for academic accomplishments

Delta High School juniors and seniors who participated in a CHSAA activity/sport and maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher have been named CHSAA Academic All-State.

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What's Happening

KPP summer season underway

The Kids Pasta Project spring/summer season is under way. Slow Food Western Slope will be the beneficiary of the June 25 KPP dinner. Slow Food Western Slope supports the concept that good, clean and fair food should be accessible to all.

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Free community concert

Free community concert

The 101st Army Rock Band and the 101st Army Winds Band will be featured in a free community concert Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m., in the Cedaredge Town Park.

Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy this great music performed in a family-friendly environment.

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Pony Camp offered this week

Pony Camp, presented by Cowboy at the Cross Ministries, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Kier Ranch, one mile west of the Cory Store on Tongue Creek Road.

Pony Camp is a day camp for kids ages seven and under.

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Game on! VBS planned in Cedaredge

Vacation Bible school is scheduled June 25-29, from 9 to noon each day, at Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church at 110 SE Jay Avenue in Cedaredge. For registration information, visit www.grandmesasbc.org.

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Astronomy Festival scheduled

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in partnership with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society and Crawford State Park, will be celebrating the starlit skies of Western Colorado with their ninth annual Astronomy Festival June 13-16.

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Patriotic concert planned

The patriotic community choir announces concerts June 28 at the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church and June 29 at the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a variety of stirring patriotic music.

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