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Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

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For the fourth time in more than a half century, the Fire Mountain Canal was shut off before the end of the growing season, impacting some 488 irrigation water shareholders and more than 15,000 acres of arable land in the North Fork Valley.

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Fire Mountain Canal closure comes early

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Users of the Fire Mountain Canal became the latest victims of the ongoing drought in western Colorado. Water to the 34-mile long canal running from Somerset to the south end of Rogers Mesa was shut off Saturday evening.

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Eugenia Bone to speak about microbia

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Eugenia Bone will speak about and sign her new book "Microbia: A Journey Into the Unseen World Around You" on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center.

A $10 donation is recommended. Call 856-9195 or visit www.grandmesaartscenter.com or www.deltalibraries.org for more information.

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Delta

Delta Tractor Supply celebrates pets of all kinds

Delta Tractor Supply celebrates pets of all kinds

Tractor Supply Company in Delta​ is dedicating the entire month of August to showing its appreciation for animals. The rural lifestyle retailer will host a variety of animal-centric happenings and deals as part of Out Here With Animals, its monthlong event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them.

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Compensation available to protect forests

Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses -- and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process -- now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

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Call 811 before you dig

It was time for Joe to replace a few fence posts on his family's farm. Those posts were likely older than him.

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Energy startups have until Aug. 15 to apply for Spark Tank

Innovative startup companies working in the energy sector are invited to apply to the Spark Tank, a pitch event kicking off the second annual Energy Conference hosted by ENGAGE. The conference will be held Sept. 17 in Paonia.

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Home health reorganizes

Home health reorganizes

Delta-Montrose Home Health, owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital, has a new administrative team -- Jon McMurphy, RN, BSN, MBA/MHA, as the director, Hilary Showalter, RN/BSN, as quality manager and Tiffany LaHue, RN, clinical manager -- whose primary goals include strategies to improve the exceptional care of patients.

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Electric Mountain Lodge purchased

A group from the Roaring Fork Valley has purchased the Electric Mountain Lodge. The lodge is located on Stevens Gulch Road above Paonia and has been fully renovated back to its nostalgic roots with plans to have it operational within a month.

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North Fork

Raft raffle brings in waves of money

Raft raffle brings in waves of money

Lisa Niermann of Paonia is the lucky winner of a new Hyside Mini-Max raft. The raft, which included a set of Cataract oars and a custom oar frame was raffled off by the Western Slope Conservation Center. The setup is valued at over $4,000.

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Explore dostadning with A Little Help North Fork Valley

A Little Help is offering three one-hour discussions on "dostadning," from 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, at the Paonia Library Community Room.

Based on the book, "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family of a Lifetime of Clutter," dostadning literally translates to "death cleansing," an invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a life.

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West Nile Virus warning issued for North Fork

The North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is warning residents that mild cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the North Fork area.

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Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

For the fourth time in more than a half century, the Fire Mountain Canal was shut off before the end of the growing season, impacting some 488 irrigation water shareholders and more than 15,000 acres of arable land in the North Fork Valley.

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Bulldog boosters sell sweet corn at the fair

The Bulldog Booster Club will sell Mountain Fresh Sweet Corn this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, in Hotchkiss.

Mountain Fresh owner Mike Ahlberg is donating the corn, which he and sons Seth and Zach have grown since 2000.

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Building on HHS' outstanding tradition

Building on HHS' outstanding tradition

A teacher, coach and administrator who has been with the school district for eight years is taking the leadership role at Hotchkiss High School. HHS principal Paul Rodriguez resigned the position for medical reasons, but remains supportive of the Bulldog community and Marty Rover, the new principal.

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Surface Creek

Methodists launch monthly program for kids

Cedaredge United Methodist Church will launch a monthly program for children of Cedaredge and surrounding communities with a back-to-school/end of summer celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

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What's bugging you? Aug. 8, 2018

What's bugging you? Aug. 8, 2018

Our drought has continued with generally hot, dry days. I did receive seven tenths of an inch of rain the last week of July but this storm was spotty at best. We have entered the monsoon season with expected increased chances of rain.

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Explore 'flower pounding' at garden club program

Friday, July 20, proved to be a perfect day for the Plant & Dig Garden Club's annual wildflower viewing on Grand Mesa. There was a slight overcast which kept the temperature just right for our adventure.

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Eugenia Bone to speak about microbia

Eugenia Bone to speak about microbia

Eugenia Bone will speak about and sign her new book "Microbia: A Journey Into the Unseen World Around You" on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center.

A $10 donation is recommended. Call 856-9195 or visit www.grandmesaartscenter.com or www.deltalibraries.org for more information.

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Orchard City trustees discuss committees, water

The Town of Orchard City board of trustees met Aug. 1 for a public work session during which they discussed a variety of issues ranging from water to committee assignments.

Trustees serve on various committees which meet periodically to consider topics such as water, personnel, and planning.

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Cedaredge trustees begin 2019 budget process

The Town of Cedaredge has canceled the usual monthly work session which would have been held on Aug. 9. Instead town trustees will focus on the process of planning next year's town budget.

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Opinion

Marvin Stephens

Marvin Stephens

A celebration of life for Marvin Stephens will be held Saturday, Aug. 11,

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Jacobson twists GOP positions


The Aug. 1 letter from David Jacobson was interesting. Almost like it was scripted instead of a regular letter.

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What is there to be afraid of?

Before you THINK about voting Republican in the upcoming election, turn off the noise of distractions about Russia and fake news and North Korea and take a long LOOK at what the GOP has been doing to America.

We successfully fought to keep the ACA and health care for 32 million Americans.

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Paonia issues prompt a response

Paonia has been one very busy place this past month, so I have multiple items to address. Having attended every town council meeting for the past eight months with few other hard-core audience members, I was less shocked by Mayor Stewart's ejection of Suzanne Watson at the July 10 meeting than the reaction to it exhibited by Bill Brunner and whomever else he could stir up.

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Playing with the bank's money

President Trump recently announced that his war on trade was supported by the fact that the stock market was at near all time highs. Since stock prices are so high, he says, we can endure a little "pain" that may be caused by his tariff and trade policies because he is "playing with the bank's money."

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Howard Tidwell

Farmer and former Delta County assessor Howard U. Tidwell died July 27, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

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Sports

Score of 126 wins 18th annual Diablo Duo

There were 78 players who teed off last weekend for the 18th annual Diablo Duo Golf Tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. The two-day tournament featured three flights of competition.

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Twenty-two run Farm to Fiddle 5k

The Farm to Fiddle 5k race featured a number of runners last Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge resident Gerald Harding was the race's oldest participant and finished 19th with a time of 52:37.ete.

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This group of athletes completed summer baseball

This group of athletes completed summer baseball

This group of athletes completed summer baseball with a tournament win in Rifle.

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Hotchkiss siblings sign to play ball

Hotchkiss siblings sign to play ball

Josie and Chase Hiatt have signed letters of intent to play softball and baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College this fall. The college-bound athletes are the daughter and son of Ty and Dana Hiatt of Hotchkiss.

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Deltarado Days golf teams enjoy play

Seventy-four players, representing 20 teams, participated in last Sunday's Deltarado Days Golf Scramble at Devil's Thumb Golf Club in Delta.

A cooperating sky provided plenty of sunshine and was accompanied by well-timed cooling breezes throughout the 18 holes of play.

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What's Happening

Surviving drought: A workshop for ranchers on the Western Slope

CSU Extension, Colorado Cattleman's Association, Delta County Livestock Association and Mesa County Cattlemen join forces to host a workshop, "Surviving Drought: A Workshop For Ranchers on the West Slope and Beyond." Extreme drought conditions in 2018 require ranchers and livestock owners to make difficult and stressful decisions regarding their operation, land and livestock.

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Learn about at-home water efficiency

Learn about at-home water efficiency

Does the hot and dry summer have you thinking of ways to be more efficient with your water?

Have you considered installing a rain barrel or grey water collection system at your home?

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Disaster Preparedness Fair set for Aug. 18 in Paonia

Learn how to be prepared for any disaster at the Disaster Preparedness Fair in Paonia Saturday, Aug. 18. Booths and displays on emergency kits, fire prevention, evacuation preparedness, flood preparedness and more will be set up at the Paonia Library, 80 Samuel Wade Road, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Blue Sage recreates 1920s speakeasy

Enjoy the atmosphere of a 1920s speakeasy. The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is hosting this jazzy event Friday, Aug. 17, from 8 till 10 p.m.

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Water law seminar offered Aug. 23

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts will host "Water Law in a Nutshell," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue.

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Chapel concert features Grand Junction conductor and organist

Chapel concert features Grand Junction conductor and organist

The Thursday, Aug. 16, concert at the Cedaredge Chapel of the Cross will feature Dr. John Howard. The concert begins at 7 p.m.; admission is by donation.

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