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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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Family fun day deemed a success  13 views

Nancy Hovde, HopeWest development officer, reports that the organization's first annual family fun day hosted 350 people and earned $8,000 for the nonprofit group. The event featured yard games for all ages, a barbecue meal, and live music.

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Stillings qualifies to compete at national junior high rodeo

Stillings qualifies to compete at national junior high rodeo  13 views

Jessie Stillings, a seventh grade student at Cedaredge Middle School, has earned a position on the Colorado National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, S.D., June 24-30 to compete at the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in barrel racing, pole bending and ribbon roping.

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Community yard sale, flea market planned  12 views

As part of the Celebrate Cedaredge Community Fair on Saturday, July 14, a community yard sale and flea market will take place in the parking lot of the town's public works facility on High Country Avenue across from Cedaredge FoodTown. The event will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Delta

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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City salaries adjusted to competitive market rate

The Delta City Council periodically reviews compensation and benefits paid to city appointed officers and employees of the city to determine appropriate compensation for those positions.

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Wellness pool to re-open

After an extensive closure for repairs, the wellness pool at Bill Heddles Recreation Center is expected to re-open later this week.

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Temporary closures for Crag Crest

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District has issued a temporary closure for the entire Lower Crag Crest Trail (#711.1A) and the eastern portion of the Crag Crest National Scenic Trail (#711). The closure will remain in place through the end of 2018.

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Delta Fine Arts hosts annual show

Delta Fine Arts hosts annual show

Delta Fine Arts Guild presents its 2018 annual art show, Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 24, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N Palmer Street, Delta. Art of various media, created by the area's finest artists, professional and student, will be exhibited.

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City council appoints six to youth council, donates to swim team

Delta City Council considered requests from two youth groups at its June 5 meeting.

Elyse Casselberry, Delta County community and economic development director, requested the appointment of six Delta High School students to the youth council for the upcoming school year.

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North Fork

Crawford discusses mill levy, water/sewer increase

At the Crawford Town Council meeting June 6, the first agenda item addressed building a 60-foot pole near the water tower for TDS. Area manager Bill Long asked for approval to start construction.

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Paonia signage master planning underway

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 nature.

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Paonia trustees approve comments to BLM

The Paonia Board of Trustees has submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan. The letter recommends that the BLM reject its preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the proposal's impacts and conduct the more in-depth Environmental Impact Study.

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Pre-register for these 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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North Fork towns consider water conservation measures

In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.

In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.

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Town of Paonia, Brunner headed to court this week

At the May 22 board meeting, former Paonia town trustee Bill Brunner took exception to the way the executive session was worded on the agenda. The item called for a conference with the town attorney to receive legal advice "specific to Mr. Brunner court case."

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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

Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, as well

Knowledge of traffic law is almost non-existent in Paonia. And the worst example I have seen just recently was a bicyclist riding against traffic forcing vehicles over into the opposite lane of traffic followed by running the stop sign with absolutely no regard for the law.

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County accused of reneging on contract

Trust is a funny thing. It can take years to build it, but only seconds for it to disappear.

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Farewell to former patients

To my former Delta County patients, I would like to extend an enormous thank you for entrusting your medical care to me over the past three and a half years. It brought me great joy to work in your community!

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County fails in basic services

What would you do if you woke up one day to find your address had changed suddenly and without prior notice?

I'll take a guess and assume you'd be pretty upset. I know I would be.

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It's time to face facts

Recent reports of surge in coal production in the Appalachian coal fields. Amazing how fast a horse can run when you stop jerking on the reins.

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Empty pews

There are lots of empty seats in our churches today. Christians who should be sitting in those pews are absent.

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Sports

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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Register for Cherry Days softball play

Registration is being taken for the 2018 Cherry Days softball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1 at Volunteer Park in Paonia. A men's wood bat tournament will be held June 30, and a co-ed tournament (with men using wood bat only) will be held July 1.

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Working toward 2019; local wrestlers grasp opportunities to excel

Working toward 2019; local wrestlers grasp opportunities to excel

An estimated 250 wrestlers from three states took the opportunity last weekend to wrestle at the Paonia Summer Duals. While the number was down, those who showed up are likely to see their efforts rewarded this winter when the 82nd annual Colorado High School wrestling season opens.

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Eight Cedaredge athletes earn all-state track honors in 2018

Eight Cedaredge athletes earn all-state track honors in 2018

The following eight members of the 2018 Cedaredge boys track and field team were honored by being named to this year's Class 2A All-State First Team in track and field by the Colorado High School Activities Association:

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Summer-ball season rolling

Cedaredge and Delta 18U baseball teams competed in a weekend tournament to provide playing-time experience for returning athletes from both schools. According to Delta High School baseball coach Steve Reiher the summer season generates a compliment of full-season games for the Panthers and Bruins.

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Hotchkiss' Firor 2A co-Athlete of Year

Hotchkiss' Firor 2A co-Athlete of Year

Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor was named Class 2A co-Athlete of the Year by the CHSAA. Firor repeated her 2017 performance, winning the 400-meter dash and 300m hurdles.

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What's Happening

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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Chamberlain to perform at chapel

Chamberlain to perform at chapel

Paul Chamberlain will perform at the Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Chamberlain, whose heritage is Cherokee, Choctaw and Chicasaw Indian, is also known as Three Bears, and has been a part of the American music scene for over 40 years.

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