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At the start of October, Off-highway vehicle (OHV) clubs joined members from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, or CPW, to see the effects of their grant money on recreational vehicle trails. These clubs were the Thunder Mountain Wheelers from Delta and the Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders from Mon…

Sunshine and blue skies were the order of the day for members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club’s final road trip of the year, though a chilly wind reminded the group that seasonal changes were definitely to be felt. The destination was the Elevation Herbal Tea headquarters, where owner Sha…

Every year, the “Feed the Furries” food drive, sponsored by Macht-Liles Real Estate Group and the Delta County Board of Realtors, asks the public to donate animal food to the Surface Creek Animal Shelter. The shelter is a nonprofit organization, and therefore, relies on outside sources to gi…

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As executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, Alisha Komives predicted that her second year as coordinator of the town’s sprawling Applefest celebration would be graced with experienced leadership on her part along with good weather.

In 2015, as a new arrival in Cedaredge, I first met Evelyn June Horn early one morning on the tree-lined pathway that meanders beside Surface Creek. Although I didn’t know at the time that I was meeting a local celebrity, in retrospect seeing her there — on a trail close to nature — should h…

This morning, reportedly at 9:55 a.m., Cedaredge High School’s barn burned down. No people were harmed, but two goats, belonging to a teacher at the school, died in the fire. There were two other goats that made it out alive.

Several events honoring military veterans are planned for this week and next and all Delta County veterans and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

With the first hard freezes under our belt, it is now time to think about winterizing your yard before you can relax by your fireplace and dream about next year’s gardens.



A gala held on Oct. 19 drew a crowd of 114 people to the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church for an evening of food and fellowship billed as ‘Our Beloved Cedaredge Community Banquet and Auction.’ Organizers felt the event was a financial, culinary and social success. Its purpose was …

Members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club were out in full-force last week to screen the vision of preschool students from Little Sprouts Community Preschool and Cedaredge Elementary School’s Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA). In cooperation with other Delta County Lions Clubs, the…

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) held its fall dance on Oct. 26, featuring “Country, Rock and Pop Dance Music by The Real Deal.” As it’s nearly Halloween, costumes were optional. Therefore, costumes were present.

The Orchard City Board of Trustees went over the proposed 2020 budget at the Oct. 9 town meeting. The general budget proposes a 6% cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase to payroll. It also shows an increase in front desk vacancy from $12 an hour to $15 an hour, a budgeted $3,000 to repla…

The Pondy Cancer Warriors had a successful summer of fundraising. Events this year included an all-you-can-eat Mexican dinner, a warriors’ walk and an ATV gymkhana on Grand Mesa. For 2019, the warriors raised a grand total of $25,120, exceeding last year’s amount by more than $10,000.

This month marks the fifth year that the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club has raised scholarship funds through community bingo. The games begin at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month in the Masonic Lodge, 255 W. Main St. (south entrance) in Cedaredge. The bingo proceeds go…

At the Oct. 9 Orchard City Board of Trustees meeting, trustees recognized the student of the month, went over the proposed 2020 budget and discussed the prospect of growing hemp in town. The meeting also included a complaint from Trustee Jan Gage regarding the unprofessional behavior of othe…

The first annual Tour de Cedars is now history and its success relied heavily upon generous community businesses, talented performers and artists and steadfast volunteers. Following months of planning, the community event came together Sept. 29, as 107 individuals toured four Surface Creek V…

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) shows films every month in its vintage brick building at the intersection of West Main Street and Southwest Second Street in downtown Cedaredge.

The Cedar Mesa Community Clubhouse was a hub of activity last week as members came together for their monthly social gathering and program. And, no sooner had guests arrived, they were invited to sample a delicious dessert.

During the Cedaredge Applefest celebration, 2,000 visitors viewed the 2019 Pioneer Town Antique and Classic Car Show and their votes determined this year’s winning entries. Choosing from among the 151 vehicles on display was a challenge, but when voting was tabulated, six lucky winners walke…

The 26-acre Ward Creek Reservoir was formed in 1955 by harnessing the current of Ward Creek. Although the reservoir is a popular fishing and hiking destination with public access, the dam is privately owned and privately maintained by the Surface Creek Ditch and Reservoir Company. The water …

On a beautiful day last month, the members of the Plant and Dig Garden Club set out to tour five gardens belonging to club members. The first stop was at the newly planted xeriscape garden surrounding the home of Sharon Cross-Coquillette. From the lovely pathways in front and through the bac…

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) has announced two winners in its name-the-movie contest. Drawn at random from 25 entries are Kim Ainsworth and Tommy League. Ainsworth received a free pass to attend films shown at the GMAEC during its Jan.-Apr. season and League won a free pass …

This year, Cedaredge High School started its Interact Club, a school-age version of the internationally-known Rotary Club, of which there is a chapter in Cedaredge. On Oct. 10, the Interact Club elected Alayna Edwards as president of the newly-formed club.

The amaryllis plant is often seen at flower retailers and supermarkets during the Christmas holiday season. It is a beautiful bulb plant that produces large, colorful bell-shaped flowers and thrives indoors. Flower color is commonly red or white but pink, orange, salmon and two-colored flowe…

An evening of The Eagles hits — and songs from the band’s members’ solo careers — is anticipated at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in Cedaredge 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, when The Boys of Summer, an Eagles Tribute Band, takes the stage.

On Sept. 27, a representative of the Cedaredge Rotary Club met with Cedaredge High School (CHS) students to introduce the idea of establishing a Rotary Interact Club at the school. An Interact Club invites young people ages 12-18 to become involved in the Rotary mission of “service above sel…

Like so many visitors before them, Barb Allen and her husband Jim were just passing through Cedaredge when they were sufficiently impressed to purchase property and build a house.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, actor, singer/songwriter and storyteller Ronny Cox is set to perform at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in Cedaredge for an evening show at 7. Best known for his acting career through his 125 different movies and television show appearances, today Cox enjoys perfo…

The “Our Beloved Cedaredge Community” gala is right around the corner and this year, the event will be held in honor of Cedaredge resident Terry Hotz.

The Eckert Presbyterian Church will hold its country store/ craft sale 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at the church, 13025 Highway 65, Eckert.

Support the Crawford Town Hall by taking part in the Navajo taco dinner 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Crawford Community Center. Tickets are $10 a plate (only 100 available). Proceeds will be used to raise matching funds for the completion of the new fence and sidewalk. Tickets may be purc…

The Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department’s 18th annual chili cook-off packed 601 diners into the department’s spacious firehouse. While visitors sampled a wide variety of home-made chili, judges conferred and four talented individuals were awarded trophies honoring their recipes. Each trophy …

The weather was gorgeous last weekend as a crowd estimated at 20-25,000 packed five city blocks and Cedaredge’s three-acre park to celebrate the 42nd annual Applefest. To get a better estimate of crowd size by literally counting noses, this year’s organizers employed an aerial drone but thos…

I have been visited the past few weeks by an interesting insect that arrived in the thousands, attracted to my blanket flower and then rabbitbrush. You too may have noticed these orange and black beetles and wondered what they were doing and where did they come from.

Last weekend was Color Weekend on the Grand Mesa, and it attracted a crowd to the world’s largest flattop mountain. Color Weekend, the time of the year when the fall colors are said to be at their most beautiful, is a time when the Powderhorn ski resort starts up its ski lifts and sells tick…

The Party in the Park capped off the week on Sept. 28, organized in its entirety by the Town of Cedaredge staff. Mayor Gene Welch grilled the burgers and hotdogs and served the community a free meal, with the help of Trustees Al Smith, Bob Michael and Cathy Brown, Mayor Pro-Tem Ray Hanson, T…

Colorado’s fall sky was at its bluest the morning of Sept. 26. Bruce Predmore, of Hotchkiss, and Andrea Migliano, of Cedaredge, kept busy harvesting, sorting and weighing fat melons, bright red peppers, juicy tomatoes and other fruits of their labor at the Cedaredge Community Garden. Thursda…

The 42nd annual Applefest began modestly in 1977 as a community celebration to honor the autumn apple harvest. That year a few dozen tables and booths lined Main Street and the event only lasted a few hours. Now, the giant event spans four days and features over 250 vendors as well as a host…

The orchards at Red Mountain Ranches (RMR) have been going strong for 100 years where Bob and Roxie Morris represent the third generation of owners. And the couple, who just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary, is proud to add that generations’ four and five — in the form of their daug…

The 18th annual Five Alarm Chili Cook-Off is a fundraiser to benefit the Delta County Fire Protection District No. 3 and the district’s all-volunteer fire department which serves Cedaredge and the Surface Creek Valley. The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and the fire department are co-sponsors.

Applefest 2019 organizers are appealing to dog owners to remember that the annual Cedaredge celebration is a giant event filled with noise and crowded venues. Dog owners who bring their animals to mingle with the crowds must keep their pets on a leash.

With Applefest quickly approaching in less than two weeks, the group known as Passionate About Libraries (PAL) organized an event about apples at 4B’s Brewery on Main Street in Cedaredge. The event, titled “An Apple a Day,” brought a cooking-related presentation of Cedaredge’s fruit industry…

Cedaredge Town Administrator Greg Brinck went over the draft budget for 2020 at the Cedaredge Board of Trustees work session Sept. 17. The numbers could change depending on whether or not the Back the Badge Initiative is passed in November. Back the Badge, Initiative 1A on this year’s ballot…

When the Grand Mesa Picklers are in town, you can hear them for blocks in every direction. The sound is a combination of energetic laughter and staccato “bonking” as paddles and pickleballs collide. The enthusiastic group plays outdoors at the Cedaredge town park tennis courts on Tuesday, Fr…

Coming up in October, the Town of Cedaredge’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) will be launching free classes in business management. Mike Roberts, Cedaredge Dental Clinic business manager, will be teaching a class titled “Google My Business,” which will teach attendees how to …

At the Cedaredge Board of Trustees work session, Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) Board Member Dave Wilson requested funding for the chamber’s operations.

The 42nd annual Applefest is only a week away and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce still needs volunteers to help the giant event run smoothly. Every year the volunteer ranks of the small community of Cedaredge are quickly absorbed by nonprofit organizations who host booths at the spra…

Hit songwriter Karla Bonoff is returning for another show at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Cedaredge singer/songwriter David Starr will open.

Cedaredge Police Department welcomed two new officers into its ranks over the summer, bringing the force back to its usual number of six officers, including Chief Dan Sanders and Sergeant Jake Hernandez. These officers are Mike O’Reilly and Keydon Long.

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