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Fuller receives student honor
Fuller receives student honor

Isaac Fuller, a home schooled high school senior who intends to pursue Biblical studies following graduation has been named Orchard City's student of the month for January.

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Orchard City puts 'teeth' into its building code

The Orchard City Town board adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 11 meeting designed "to put teeth" into its building codes by assessing big fines for violations.

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Cedaredge still working on water payoff financing

The Town of Cedaredge is still working on financing a way for paying $175,000 to Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) in a court-mediated settlement agreement

The payment was to have been made by the end of 2016, according to documents.

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No opposition voiced for restaurant liquor license

The Cedaredge Town Board took up an item of business that it first considered last spring when on Jan. 12 the trustees held a public hearing on a liquor license request for Creekside Cafe.

Last spring, on the final day of the 2016 school term, the trustees adopted an ordinance decreasing the distance from a school that alcohol may be sold. The distance was reduced from 600 feet to 60 feet.

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Senior Hikers are 'storm troopers'
Senior Hikers are 'storm troopers'

The Cedaredge Senior Hikers hike on Wednesdays; but, the group also has several members who go up to Grand Mesa for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on Mondays and Fridays.

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Bridge work will close road
Bridge work will close road

The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project is being redesigned and a tentative construction schedule will close the road from Old Goat Trail to Will O'Way for four months, according to town staff.

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Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission
Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Orchard City native Matthew Soper to be a non-attorney and Republican member of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission representing Delta County. Soper replaces Commissioner Bill Raley of Delta.

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017

On leaving Delta, we took 1600 Road, then turned onto the Trap Club Road and followed it past the landfill. As we neared the junction with North Road, I began to carefully note the roadside vegetation.

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What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017
What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017

Field bindweed. A pretty flower or a gardener's nightmare? My guess is that you would align with the latter view rather than the former.

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Horizons welcomes new directors, extends invitation to open house

Volunteers of America and Horizons Care Center are pleased to announce the new additions of Lora Weber, PT as director of rehabilitation and Karen Crump as director of admissions and marketing.

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'Vintage' label said to be wrong for Cedaredge

An open community discussion may begin soon as some Chamber of Commerce board members think town hall's chosen marketing identity label for Cedaredge -- Vintage -- is the wrong one for promoting business and commerce.

The Vintage label emerged from a "Branding Summit" held last summer.

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Orchard City searches for ways to fund budget

The Orchard City trustees, at their Jan. 4 work session, opened a dialog on the problem of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves, and on possible ways to reverse the trends.

Among the ideas suggested was whether to allow marijuana businesses to operate in town and so provide more tax revenue for local government.

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Mayor seeks citizens' input

Mayor Ken Volgamore has scheduled a town board work session discussion about the issues of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves in town budget funds, and ideas for addressing the two problems, ideas that include allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Orchard City as a means of generating tax revenue.

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Marijuana taxes eyed as possible solution

The idea of Orchard City turning to marijuana as a town government tax source first came up at the end of a budget work session last September. Mayor Ken Volgamore took a straw poll of trustees on the marijuana-as-revenue issue. No decisions were made at that time.

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Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017

This is the first serious snow that we've had -- I wish it would go away! I never liked the cold or the snow, but it means water for us in the summer so I'll just have to put up with it. But I can't go anywhere. So I'll just think about my birds.

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Garden club plans for 2017

The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered at RJ's Restaurant in Cedaredge on Dec. 16 for a Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. The staff had set up a beautiful table for the luncheon and provided another table for gifts.

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Chamber elects board, chooses 2017 officers

Directors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce held their first board meeting of the year on Jan. 3.

Newly elected to serve on the board were Nancy Snowdon, psychologist, to serve a one-year term;

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