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Looking over the Surface Creek valley one can’t help but notice all the pinyon trees that are in decline or already dead. This has been a particularly bad year for these trees.

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It’s been 119 years since a bond measure to fund it passed, and almost 40 years since it closed, but the Eckert School is anything but forgotten. Each September, former students travel from near and far to reconnect, break bread and share memories.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Valley Symphony Association (VSA) came to the Cedaredge Town Park for the annual Pops in the Park concert, partnered with DMEA and its affiliate, Elevate. The next day, the VSA performed the same show at the Montrose Riverbottom Park.

Ward Creek Reservoir on Grand Mesa has been drastically drained to facilitate dam repairs. The 26-acre reservoir, which was formed in 1955 by harnessing the current of Ward Creek, is empty except for the creek itself which continues to flow through the lake bottom. Although the reservoir is …

Roadside mosquito fogging took place within the Cedaredge city limits Sept. 3. The precaution, though extra necessary this year with West Nile Virus cases found in the county, is actually customary for the town, according to Deputy Clerk Chris Anderson from the Cedaredge Town Hall. Anderson …

Named Artist of the Year at the 2017 International Folk Music Awards, Ordinary Elephant is set to perform at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in Cedaredge 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Local artist Shelley Rae will also be featured as a special guest. A husband and wife team, Pete and Crysta…



A Back Page subject should generate a thousand words and half a dozen photos and Katie Greenwood and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) certainly meet those requirements. Greenwood is a Cedaredge High School (CHS) teacher who serves as agriculture (ag) instructor and FFA advisor. Asked to i…

The Cedaredge Rotary Club hosted its 2019 Summer Scramble Golf Tournament on Aug. 31 and each of the top three teams were decided by a single stroke. The par for the 18-hole scramble format was 72 and the winning scores were 60, 61 and 62.

Larry and Joyce Wright’s highway-side building, that houses three businesses at the south edge of Cedaredge, got new signs Saturday, signifying a new era for the lot. The building is the home of the Wrights’ current business, Aspen Rock and Gem, their old business, which has been taken over …

For the next four months, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) will show films which many viewers would agree are modern classics. Here’s the catch: because the center is not a recognized movie theater, film distributors prohibit them from using the newspaper to advertise films by n…

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Christopher Wayne Tiffany, on a warrant the agency said is related to the Sept. 3 shooting of a man in Eckert.

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This year’s Taste of Agriculture Tailgate Party begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 on the north end zone of the Cedaredge High School (CHS) football field. Following the meal, the CHS homecoming game kicks off at 7 p.m. versus a visiting team from Buena Vista High School.

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On Aug. 7, Dea Jacobson, president of the Cedaredge Community Garden, wrote a letter to the Cedaredge Board of Trustees, as requested by Kami Collins. Jacobson explained how impactful the community garden is, what organizers have done, what the group requests of the town and that a new lease…

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The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is exploring the possibility of purchasing its building, currently owned by the city, at 301 Main St. in Delta. According to the lease agreement, they may purchase the building for $1. Recently, the DACC Board asked to meet with the Delta Urban Renew…

At about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Delta County Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators responded to a report of an adult male party who was shot in the town of Eckert. The male party was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital but later transferred to St. Mary's Medical Center i…

Cedaredge police are seeking Kenneth Alan Gallob, 35, who according to law enforcement information, is accused of stabbing another person at a home on West Main Street in Cedaredge early Aug. 25.

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In March, the Town of Cedaredge started forming an Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) to shape and guide its economic future. Now, after several meetings, it’s building momentum by focusing on two ideas to foster community pride and generate community awareness.

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Entering into the fall season, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) plans to host at least five more concerts in its 2019 Bank of Colorado theater season. Performances will include an Americana duo, returning artist Karla Bonoff, an Eagles Tribute and more. Bonoff wrote the song “So…

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The Cedaredge Rotary Club’s annual summer scramble golf tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Cedaredge Golf Course, 500 SE Jay Ave., Cedaredge.

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A longtime Cedaredge business is the first to contribute to the town’s Back the Badge fund. Last week, Cassandra Kelton, owner of Cedaredge Tire & Auto presented a $1,000 check to Chief Dan Sanders of the Cedaredge Police Department.

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Orchard City saw a 7.5 percent increase in population between 2000 and 2017. In view of this demographic trend throughout western Colorado, town officials see the need to conduct a survey of residents to help direct their planning process. The town is working on a 20-year comprehensive strat…

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Success is no stranger to Karen Brueggemann. She has been selling her creative works since junior high school. Now Brueggemann is showcasing a 50-year retrospective of her diverse art forms at the Starr Family Gallery at Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC).

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Fifty years ago man landed on the moon. To commemorate the event, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is hosting a presentation with Brian Day of NASA titled “Lunar Landing Sites, Past and Future!”

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Over the last several months, Cedaredge mayor Gene Welch and town administrator Greg Brinck have been meeting with citizens for coffee. Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Stacy’s on Main, these meetings are “a good opportunity for people to bring forth things and talk in a more cas…

Limited vendor spots are now available for 2019 Applefest, scheduled for Oct. 5-6 in Cedaredge. Rate options are available for Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce members, youth organizations, local Delta County residents and businesses.

Outdoor activity was in the offing for the July gathering of the Plant & Dig Garden Club. Members and guests headed for the Grand Mesa and our annual outing to view Mother Nature at her best: the wildflowers of this beautiful area.

Delta County precipitation totals vary widely, with isolated downpours striking one portion of the county and other parts experiencing only scattered showers. However, monthly precipitation totals gleaned from the U.S. Climate Data website (usclimatedata.com) and data supplied by the Nationa…

Positioned on the firing line, Grace Hall (center) and sister Brianna (second from right) draw their bows and take aim at mid-range targets. The archery competition was part of the 4-H Shooting Sports Contest held Saturday at the 4-H Range in Eckert.

David A. Wood, governor of Rotary District 5470, recently installed new officers and members of Rotary Club. From left: Governor Wood, Cedaredge secretary/treasurer Linda Lichtendahl, new members David DeVinny and Heather Blanks, and Phyllis Hoffman, incoming club president. Not pictured are…

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Cheryl Hartter's new business, Fresh Baked by Granma Cheryl, 510 Northwest Third St. on July 23, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Cheryl specializes in quality ingredients and offers gluten-free desserts.

Rob Wolcott and his high school students are on a mission. Their goal is to raise funds to support band and choir activities at Cedaredge Middle School and Cedaredge High School. Over the summer, Wolcott, who serves as director of bands and choirs, and his talented students are contacting Su…

As part of its summer of fundraisers, The Pondy's Cancer Warriors' Walk will be held between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The walk begins at Cedaredge Town Park where there will also be food, drawings, and a silent auction. Individuals or groups can pledge money per-mile or give a flat do…

By now you should have your garden maintenance under control. Weeding is done and any early plantings hopefully are established enough to make it through the heat of the summer. So let's look ahead to fall, a good time to plant trees.

Cedaredge's famous trout was displayed for more than a decade on the wall of Leisure Time Sports. When co-owners Barb and Gregg Burnett closed the doors of Leisure Time on June 30, the giant splake (a crossbreed of brook and lake trout) traveled 25 miles up Hwy 65 to the Grand Mesa Lodge whe…

The Cedaredge Rotary Club is sponsoring a 'Back the Badge' fundraiser to benefit the Cedaredge Police Department. Featuring beer, music and socializing, the event will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the 4B's Brewery, 215 W. Main Street. David and Tamara Hauze, a popular musi…

At Surface Creek Animal Shelter, dogs are typically brought in from their outdoor kennels for a mid-day nap. It's usually quiet time at the shelter, with an occasional stir from one of the critters. The shelter usually closes from midday. But if you happen to venture into the shelter between…

Delta County Health Department director Ken Nordstrom knows his mosquitoes. Nordstrom, who serves as the county's environmental health director, readily shares an "info-graphic" distributed by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment which neatly sums up the current situati…

The Orchard City Water Committee met July 10 in the morning to discuss the pending upgrades to the town's water treatment plant. At this time the plant HMI (Human Machine Interface) system runs on Windows 2007, which will soon be phased out. An HMI that improves upon the old capabilities is …

As of July 9, the first Colorado case of West Nile Virus (WNV) disease has been reported to the national Center for Disease Control (CDC). This year's first case falls into the non-neuroinvasive category which carries its own problematic side-effects but is not as serious as the mosquito-bor…

Like the four horsemen of the apocalypse, four pests of our native pinyon trees are on the move. Three beetles and a moth have launched their attack on our pinyon trees in the Delta County and surrounding area. These include the pinyon tip moth, pinyon ips beetle, mountain pine beetle and th…

Soccer practices will benefit this fall from the completion of a new kick wall at Orchard City's Field of Dreams. Placed between the two north fields, the wall measures eight feet tall.

Since 2007 Leisure Time Sports has provided Cedaredge with movies and sporting goods. But that 12-year run ended June 30 when co-owners Barb and Gregg Burnett closed their doors. According to Barb the couple is ready for a change, and they plan to devote more time to their own camping and fishing.

A sunny summer day greeted the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club as it gathered at the home of Joan Chambers for its June meeting. After the "necessities of the day," (greetings between members, refreshments and the meeting), Joan gave a brief talk on the origins of the rose and its…

Last Friday marked the inaugural performance by young thespians from Cedaredge's summer theatre camp and the show was a memorable one. A capacity crowd of all ages packed into the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center's Bank of Colorado Theater to enjoy an original musical play entitled, 'Spri…

On June 22 the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a women's community service day and potluck. They invited other women in the community to join and tackled several projects.

The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will launch its first feature film on July 17 with a classic western adventure. The historic building housing the center will be returning to its roots since the site was once a movie theater. And the first feature will be a movie which enterta…

Do you have a little extra space in your home and some love to share? Surface Creek Animal Shelter is looking for four foster homes for 15 kittens. The length of time needed for fostering varies -- some kittens only need a week, others need a home for a month.

They're back! The first wave of invading elm seed bugs is upon us. Both adults and immatures have begun their advances on our houses. While their diet consists of elm seeds, their threat is as a nuisance home invader.

The Surface Creek Community Services food pantry in Cedaredge is accepting all generous surplus from your vegetable garden, fruit trees and farm chicken eggs. The pantry is located at 245 West Main Street. For more information, call 970-856-1125.

The Cedaredge Rotary Club's Summer Scramble doesn't tee-off until the end of August but club members are already hard at work seeking business sponsors and selling raffle tickets. Funds from sponsorships and ticket sales go to support college scholarships for local high school seniors.

Tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers and kale are all typical produce you'll find growing at the Cedaredge Community Garden. Now, heritage apple trees are also taking up residence.

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter, the Town of Cedaredge, and the Surface Creek Veterinary Center are sponsoring a trap, neuter/spay, and release (TNR) program for feral and wild cats in the Surface Creek area.

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