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Ag education eyed for Rogers Mesa site
Ag education eyed for Rogers Mesa site

A vision for the Rogers Mesa Research Center is taking shape as collaborators come together to revitalize a unique community resource.

Established in 1961, the CSU Rogers Mesa station engaged in research in tree crops, grapes, vegetables and alternative crops. The station was closed in June 2011 and put on the market for sale.

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Alan King retires as financial advisor with Raymond James
Alan King retires as financial advisor with Raymond James

Alan King has retired from Raymond James financial services, transferring the business to his son, Toby, who served as co-manager for the past four years.

Toby King obtained his Series 24 registered principal license in 2012 and is a certified financial planner.

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BoCC appoints county coroner
BoCC appoints county coroner

The county commissioners on Monday appointed Lance B. Boren as county coroner. He accepted his oath of office from Judge Sandra Miller later that day.

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BoCC seeks Medicaid data

The Board of County Commissioners is making a second request to the state government for information on the amount of monthly payments made to Delta County medical providers under the federally funded Medicaid program.

The BoCC had asked the county health department to make the request previously.

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CAWS seeks funding for spay/neuter work

The animal welfare group CAWS is seeking the county's help with a feral cat and dog spay/neuter project.

At the county commissioners' Sept. 6 meeting (held on Tuesday because of the Monday Labor Day holiday) CAWS representatives John Martindale, Rand Kokernot, Jacque Koehler and Christel Pretorius explained their plans for funding a "kick-off spay and neuter clinic" project.

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Chamber events have new dates

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a "Kickoff to Christmas" community event this year, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The Parade of Lights will be moved up to that weekend.

"In years past, we have done the Christmas parade on the first Friday of December, which has left us competing with Montrose and Grand Junction parades," said executive director Darnell Place-Wise.

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Check it out! Distance learning with Delta County Libraries

Today's technology has opened up many possibilities for people to connect with each other, share information and achieve goals. Family members separated by great distances can meet on-screen, businesses can conduct meetings across vast oceans and students can earn a degree from the comfort of their home.

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Comment on winter park entrance fee

The National Park Service is seeking comment on a proposal to collect entrance fees during the winter season at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Fees would be the same as summer months, $15 per vehicle, $7 for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles.

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Fair board members sought

The Board of Delta County Commissioners is recruiting interested volunteers to serve as representatives on the Delta Fair Board. Positions are available in each district -- North Fork, Surface Creek and Delta areas.

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Feds' deadlines burden county

The county administration and commissioners are finding their resources stretched thin in order to meet deadlines for submitting official comments on federal public lands policy documents.

On Monday, the BoCC issued a request to Brian St. George, a BLM deputy director, asking for a 60-day extension of time for commenting on the Gunnison Sage Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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Guild Mortgage, Portia Vigil help homebuyers realize their dreams
Guild Mortgage, Portia Vigil help homebuyers realize their dreams

Financing a new home purchase or refinancing an existing mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates can be complex and confusing. As a mortgage loan officer, Portia Vigil's primary goal is to make the process as painless as possible.

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Kebler Pass closures

Gunnison County Road 12 at Kebler Pass, about four miles west of Crested Butte, will be closed for two-hour periods between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now through mid-October.

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Motorists give generously
Motorists give generously

Individually and as a group, motorists in the Peak to Peak Rallye opened their checkbooks and their hearts to the homeless in Delta County on Monday.

The group was en route from Redstone to Telluride when they stopped at the Abraham Connection homeless shelter.

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Open enrollment for Medicare begins Oct. 15

Open enrollment for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Remember the four C's for Medicare open enrollment:

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Police blotter Sept. 21, 2016

Melissa M. McLaughlin, 42, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged careless driving, owner operated uninsured motor vehicle, DUI and DUI per se after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 at Confluence Drive. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Pool closure continues

The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center continues to be closed as staff awaits the arrival of new lighting equipment and wiring.

"We are moving forward on this repair as fast as supplies will allow us to," said recreation director Wilma Erven.

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POW/MIA Day observed
POW/MIA Day observed

An observance of the Missing Man Table was conducted on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, Sept. 16, at the Fireside Restaurant in Delta.

Members of Delta's Lee Marts VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571 explained that a permanent Missing Man Table has been established there with permission of restaurant owner Ernst Schopp.

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Pump and supply business buys Meadow Gold property
Pump and supply business buys Meadow Gold property

Robert and Christy Cockerham, the owners of Valley Pump Company and AAA Septic and Drain, have purchased the former Meadow Gold site at the corner of 4th and Palmer.

Cockerham reports that his goal is to open a third business, Advanced Pump and Supply, which will sell and service irrigation pumps, septic systems and cisterns.

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Realtors conduct installations
Realtors conduct installations

On Sept. 14, the Delta County Board of REALTORSĀ® held its annual recognition and installation of officers at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.

Recognized for outstanding achievement were the following: Land Title Guarantee as affiliate business partner of 2016; Mallori Salazar of Next Chapter Properties as rookie REALTORĀ® for 2016; and Janice Pappas of Mason Real Estate as REALTORĀ® of 2016.

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Seeking Mrs. Delta County for pageant

The Mrs. Colorado America Pageant is now accepting applications from married women to represent Delta County as a state finalist in the 2017 pageant being held on April 8, 2017 at the spectacular Ellie Caulkins Opera House Theatre in downtown Denver. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Colorado and U.S. citizen, and married at the time of the pageant to be considered.

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Substitute municipal judge OK'd

At the recommendation of municipal Judge John Baier, W. Bruce Joss of Cedaredge has been appointed a substitute municipal court judge for the City of Delta.

Currently, Brad Kolman steps in when Judge Baier is faced with a conflict of interest.

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Opinion

Are Delta residents paying attention?

We have two wonderful recreational water projects in Delta but now we have another? How much will this cost?

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Libertarians offer alternatives

A 2015 Gallup poll found that six in 10 American voters agree that a third major political party is needed to improve the state of politics. If you are one of the many American voters looking for other options, please consider Gary Johnson, his running mate Bill Weld, and the Libertarian Party in 2016.

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Marijuana in Crawford: The dark side

Jay Ziegler starts his letter to the editor (Sept. 14) on sales of marijuana with how he is appalled about the tax dollars being spent on lawyer fees. I think if the truth was told we would see that the fees are because of his actions and a few others that have an agenda of bringing legal sales of marijuana to Crawford against the will of the people and the town council.

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Supreme Court is important

Many people are unhappy with our choices for president, but allowing Hillary to become president is the worst choice of all.

Our next president will appoint one or more Supreme Court justices.

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Sports

Bruins cruise past Saints

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.

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Bruins roll on

Behind 100 yards rushing from Pedro Madaleno and 163 yards from Isaac Swoffer, and two TDs each, the Cedaredge Bruins beat VCHS 49-6.

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Bruins volleyball team wins one of three

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.

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Bruins win softball games
Bruins win softball games

Two softball wins within the WSL is a lot to be thankful for. Cedaredge's softball team defeated league foes Meeker and Delta last week but suffered a tough loss to 4A Rifle during a busy week of action.

Cedaredge battled past the Cowboys, 15-10, on Sept. 13 and powered its way past first-time league foe Delta, on Sept. 15, 13-3, to record two important wins in the 3A WSL race. Unfortunately, a late inning run spelled defeat (6-5) in Rifle.

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County CC teams in Gunnison

Last weekend's cross country meet for two Delta County schools was in Gunnison at the Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational.

Gunnison (50) won the boys' event with Delta finishing fifth (158) and Hotchkiss ninth (22).

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County golf teams busy

Delta County golf teams from Cedaredge and Delta competed at The Bridges and Cobble Creek in Montrose recently.

Montrose won the team title at The Bridges with a score of 217. Glen-Michael Mihavetz was the medalist with a 71.

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Delta netters score 3-0 win

Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnion on Sept. 15. Baier had 40 attacks and got 16 hits to fall for a .300 hitting percentage agaisnt the Cowboys.

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Delta nine gets past Cowboys

Delta's Panthers split a pair of softball games this past week defeating Gunnison on Sept. 13, 13-9, and losing to Cedaredge, 13-3, on Sept. 15.

In Gunnison, the Panthers started with a three-run first inning for a 3-1 lead through three innings of play.

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DHS soccer team wins 6-0

The 1-1 and 4-2 Delta soccer team regrouped, after last week's 2-1 loss to Roaring Fork, with a 6-0 rout over Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale).

Delta tallied two goals in the opening half of play and added another four goals in the second half for the 6-0 conference win.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016

The Paonia High School football team won its third game in a row to open the season and the Eagles might well be back on top of Class 1A once again.

No. 2 Paonia rolled to a 38-0 win at Ridge View in Watkins last Friday afternoon and stands at 3-0.

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What's Happening

Auditions announced for 'Never Too Late'

Magic Circle Players will hold auditions for the comedy "Never Too Late" at Magic Circle Theatre on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Audition packets are available at the theatre, 420 S. 12th Street, Montrose.

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Bosom Buddies walk/run recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The 24th annual Bosom Buddies "One Step Closer to Help and Hope" Walk/Run is Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at the Montrose Pavilion. Presented by Montrose Memorial Hospital, the event opens at 8 a.m. for registration with the 5k walk and 5k/10k run beginning at 9 a.m.

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Corn maze opens
Corn maze opens

The corn maze at DeVries Produce is now open, with the pumpkin patch and night mazes to follow soon. The corn maze and a straw bale maze for kids can be found north of Montrose on Highway 50 between mile marker 85 and 86.

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Fundraisers support CHC

Citizens for a Healthy Community, a local nonprofit organization working to prevent the development of oil and gas in the Delta County region, is hosting two events in October. The first, dubbed the Frack Free Wine Tasting and Art Auction, is on Oct. 8 and the second, No Frackin Way! benefit concert is on Oct. 16.

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Region 10 - ADRC offer educational programs

Region 10 - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) is a six-county collaboration of businesses, community members and caregivers that serves and works with the aging and disabled populations. Goals are to enhance programs, reduce gaps and increase access to resources.

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Community

Allen, Pipher announce marriage
Allen, Pipher announce marriage

Gregory Allen and Lacie Pipher will be married in a private ceremony at the homestead of the Figure 3 Ranch in Maher. The ceremony will be followed by an open house reception at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Births Sept. 21, 2016

Duane and Deseray Huff of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Sophina Paige Huff, born Aug. 7, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 15.2 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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Russell appointed cadet commander
C/1st Lt. Ezra Russell
Russell appointed cadet commander

Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron's Cadet change of command ceremony was held Sept. 13 at the National Guard Readiness Center in Grand Junction, with Lt. Col. Peterson serving as master of ceremonies. During the ceremony, Cadet Commander 2d Lt. Javan Yeager (C/CMSgt Echols standing in) relinquished command of the cadets to the incoming Cadet Commander C/1st Lt. Ezra Russell of Paonia.

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School Zone

DMS teacher shares vision for ag station

Evan Cummings, a science teacher at Delta Middle School, also sees the potential for students to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of science at the Rogers Mesa Research Station.

"In 2005, when our family moved to Delta County, one of the first things I did was contact Dr. Ron Godin at the Rogers Mesa Research Station," Cummings said.

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Gratitude expressed to Cocker Kids Foundation
Gratitude expressed to Cocker Kids Foundation

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Delta County School Board held its meeting at the North Fork Montessori School at Crawford. The school board and the principals of all the public schools in the North Fork Valley used the occasion to express gratitude to the Cocker Kids Foundation for support that totaled over $1 million over the last 20 years

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Obituaries

Aryn Gallegos
Aryn Gallegos

Aryn Mark Gallegos died at his home in Delta on Sept. 16, 2016. He was 28.

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Betty J. Sharp

Betty J. Sharp, beloved wife, mom, and grandmother, passed away on Sept. 14, 2016, in Colorado Springs. She was 79 years old.

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Bud Glammeyer

Wilfred "Bud" Glammeyer died Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 68.

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Lily Dupper
Lily Dupper

Lily L. Dupper of Grand Junction died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at her residence. She was 89.

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Marlin Littlefield
Marlin Littlefield

Lifetime North Fork resident Marlin Littlefield died Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 69.

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Steve Leitzsey
Steve Leitzsey

Steve Leitzsey passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Vera Terry

Cedaredge resident Vera Terry died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 95.

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W. Lloyd Wright
W. Lloyd Wright

Paonia resident Walter Lloyd Wright went home to glory Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his residence in Paonia. He was 99 years of age.

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North Fork

Dan Dean dives into Paonia town business
Dan Dean dives into Paonia town business

Paonia interim town manager Dan Dean has only been on the job about three weeks, but he's quickly learning the ropes. He's toured some of the town's facilities, met with several citizens, and last week attended his first meeting of the board of trustees, where he heard an update on the Elevate Fiber broadband project and a presentation on a new after-school program coming to Paonia Elementary School.

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Fabulous farmers market expands
Fabulous farmers market expands

Expanded to two full days this year, the farmers market at the Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, Sept. 24-25, will feature a variety of local meats, organic produce, fruit and berries, beautiful flowers, heavenly lavender products, fresh baked goods, juicy jams, medicinals and much more.

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Homecoming fun underway at Hotchkiss High
Homecoming fun underway at Hotchkiss High

This year's Homecoming festivities are well under way at Hotchkiss High School. The days leading up to the highlight, Friday night's Homecoming football game and dance, are filled with class competitions, Crazy Day, Sports Day, Twin Day and school colors dress-up days, and the traditional Friday afternoon parade through the heart of town.

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Hotchkiss council grants variances for hospital clinic
Hotchkiss council grants variances for hospital clinic

After making a recent trip to Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz opened the Sept. 8 meeting with two quotes attributed to the third U.S. president, founding father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

"When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, count to 100."

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Lightning causes fire near Gunnison Gorge

The lightning-caused Lime Kiln Fire was reported on Sept. 14, 2016. The quarter-acre fire is burning in pinion-juniper woodlands on Bureau of Land Management-managed lands about 10 miles west-southwest of Crawford, Colorado.

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Park named to airport advisory board

In seeking to appoint a representative to the North Fork Airport Advisory Board, Town of Paonia board of trustees sought applicants who either own a business or property within town limits or are a town resident. They also wanted someone with good communication skills who has an interest in aviation and in the betterment of the North Fork Valley Airport.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Sept. 21, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Sept. 21, 2016

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was driving along this road on my way to Palisade to connect with Karen. We were headed for the Colorado Fish & Wildlife Commission hearing to speak in opposition to the proposed hunting of our greater sandhill cranes.

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Cedaredge wants input on in-town OHV use

The Cedaredge Town Board is having discussions about the use of off-highway vehicles on town streets.

During the trustees' September meeting last week, the topic brought out many complex issues and lots of uncertainty surrounding the issue.

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DMEA to check lines on Grand Mesa

Beginning this week, Delta Montrose Electric Association will be inspecting power poles on the Grand Mesa. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.

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It's Homecoming time at CHS

Cedaredge High School Homecoming 2016 got off to a high-spirited start on Monday beginning a week of activities designed to build participation and excitement into the big Homecoming weekend.

Student dress-up theme began with an American Monday and patriotic costume the day's fashion statement of choice.

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Mental health incidents stress police resources

Dealing with calls that involve mental health problems, a short-handed Cedaredge Police Department finds its resources being stretched, Police Chief Dan Sanders told the Cedaredge Town Board on Sept. 15.

"We [law enforcement] are mental health for Delta County," Sanders said as he detailed extensive time and manpower that is required to deal with calls involving mental health problems.

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New bishopric called to serve Cedaredge Ward
New bishopric called to serve Cedaredge Ward

A new bishopric has been called to serve in the Cedaredge Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Craig Signs was newly sustained as the bishop.

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Orchard City approves plan, talks road issues

The Orchard City Town Board adopted a newly revised version of the town's Master Plan at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 14.

Adoption was preceded by a public hearing at which no public comment was offered.

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What's bugging you? Sept. 21, 2016
What's bugging you? Sept. 21, 2016

I just got back from a three-week vacation to the East Coast. While traveling I did send in a column introducing a new weed series I plan to start. But this will be my first column since returning home.

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Work to balance Cedaredge budget continues

Cedaredge town administration and board are trying to work through budget issues. A big projected general fund deficit has been trimmed, but more work needs done.

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