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Arch Coal emerges from Chapter 11
Arch Coal emerges from Chapter 11

Arch Coal announced last week that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from court protection, with new equity that will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARCH.

Arch Coal operates West Elk Mine near Somerset.

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Blueprint 2.0 rolls out branding workshop

About 15 local citizens representing different communities and sectors of Delta County attended a workshop last week aimed at developing a local business brand. The discussion was spurred by a Blueprint 2.0 initiative -- one of three awarded to Delta County through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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Commissioners get update from CDOT

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation gave their annual report on activities to the Delta County Commissioners on Oct. 3.

CDOT spent just over $1 million on maintenance in Delta County last year.

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Couple faces additional marijuana charges

A Cedaredge couple awaiting trial for cultivation and distribution of marijuana has again been arrested.

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reports the arrests are a result of an investigation conducted by the sheriff's office and two federal agencies -- the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Delta man dies in accident

Mike Salazar, 65, of Delta died in an auto accident on Graff Road at about 7 p.m. Oct. 8.

The Colorado State Patrol reports Salazar's 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Graff Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle began to rotate clockwise.

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Fall cleanup

The City of Delta's annual fall cleanup campaign begins Monday, Oct. 17. Residents are advised to have their items out by 7 a.m. Monday to avoid being missed -- city crews will visit each neighborhood just once.

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Grant would help city clean up dilapidated properties

The City of Delta has learned of a $507,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that could be matched with $101,400 from the city to acquire and demolish several dilapidated properties in and near downtown Delta.

The grant can be used only for blight remediation -- site acquisition, site assessment, environmental assessment, remediation, demolition, etc.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 12, 2016

A 17-year-old male was arrested and jailed at Department of Youth Corrections in Grand Junction on a warrant with a $1,500 bond.

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Libertarians host town hall
Libertarians host town hall

The Delta County Libertarian Party held its first ever town hall meet and greet Saturday at CB's Tavern in Delta.

Featured events at the occasion were a live presentation via Skype by Lily Tang-Williams, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, and a discussion of party positions and issues led by Liam Harrell of Grand Junction, deputy director to the Colorado campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

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Local man convicted of securities fraud

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced last week that Daniel Lee Holding of Delta County was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $93,564.06. The sentencing, which took place in Mesa County District Court, comes as a result of Holding's plea of guilty to securities fraud, a class three felony.

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Proof of ownership will be required for registration
Proof of ownership will be required for registration

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anyone planning to purchase a boat, OHV or snowmobile that after Jan. 1, 2017, a new regulation requires that the buyer demonstrate proof of ownership before it can be registered. Failure to show proof of ownership will prevent the completion of the registration.

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Seed library continues to grow
Seed library continues to grow

With the first frost of the season, many gardeners throughout Delta County begin the process of putting garden beds to rest for the winter. The cycle of preparing soil, planting seeds, nurturing plants and reaping the harvest is a process that many Delta County residents relish, just as they relish the flavor of homegrown, quality food.

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Tammy Smith recognized for commitment to schools
Tammy Smith recognized for commitment to schools

Hotchkiss resident Tammy Smith recently received the McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). This longtime CASB award honors committed school board members who make a difference and bring passion to their work.

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Temporary road closure announced

A temporary closure has been issued for the Owl Creek Gravel Pit, located southwest of Ridgway. This closure prohibits dispersed camping and public access to the site.

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Voter support sought for ambulance

The Delta County Ambulance District has steadily been depleting its reserves, even though run volume is increasing. Kirby Clock, ambulance district manager, says the reason is straightforward: Delta County has an increasing number of patients who are on Medicare and Medicaid, which pays a fixed amount for services.

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Winter hours

The Delta County Museum is closed this week, Oct. 10-14, for work on exhibits and general housekeeping. When the museum reopens next Tuesday, it will be on its winter schedule, opening to visitors only on Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

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Opinion

Amendment 69 is bad for business

The Delta County Board of REALTORS® is concerned. REALTORS® believe every Coloradoan should know how Amendment 69 could affect their lives, if passed. Amendment 69 would amend our state's constitution to establish a government agency called ColoradoCare System to collect a 10 percent tax on ALL income to provide health care for all -- 10 percent of all income from whatever source the income is received.

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Become informed about ambulance tax question

Last April the Delta County Ambulance District's board of directors passed a resolution to put a ballot measure to the voters in the November election. Ballot issue 5A asks district property owners to approve a 3.25 mils increase changing the tax rate from the current 2.25 mills to 5.75 mills.

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Change is coming to Delta County

Change is coming to Delta County. We need to get ready for a "new normal."

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The facts are not all in

With only a few weeks until the end of the BLM's comment period on its Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), which will guide its decisions for the next 20-30 years, there needs to be more public education about the harms of oil and gas development. I can provide citations for any of the facts I report.

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Tipton's campaign video slanders Delta County

Incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton's YouTube campaign video is titled "Gail Schwartz's War on Coal devastated Delta." At the very end, there is a distant photo of three lonely, seemingly abandoned concrete silos.

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Travis Mills, Gail Schwartz make a great team

Working together Gail Schwartz for U.S. Congress and Travis Mills for Delta County Commissioner can make a wonderful team that will promote and protect the North Fork area organic food producers. The North Fork of Delta County is well known in Colorado as being the major area for producing high quality organic produce.

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Trump takes the heat off Clinton

Has anyone considered: Trump has been chummy with and supported the Clintons for years?

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Sports

Bruins earn 25-0 win over new 1A foe Olathe
Bruins earn 25-0 win over new 1A foe Olathe

The final score, 25-0, didn't reflect the true pulse of the game. A slow start, mixed with miscues on both sides of the ball, didn't deter Cedaredge's Bruins from claiming a 1A WSL victory over Olathe's Pirates last Friday night in Cedaredge.

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Bruins winners in one of three VB matches

Cedaredge won its first volleyball match of the week but fell to both Ridgway and Rangely over the weekend.

The Bruins' win was against Olathe's Bruins on Oct. 6 and took just three straight sets, 25-10, 25-17 and 25-8.

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Bulldogs continue quest for VB victories

Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.

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Cedaredge softball team swamps foes
Cedaredge softball team swamps foes

The Cedaredge Bruins were on their game when they took on Gunnison's Cowboys on Oct. 4 in Gunnison. A 13-hit attack produced a 15-5 win after the Bruins rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

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Defense dominates in NF
Defense dominates in NF

The annual North Fork football game between Paonia and Hotchkiss ended up being the closest game between the rival teams in recent history.

"They played hard, they played up to their ability and the level they're capable of," said Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz.

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Delta makes softball playoffs

Even though Delta's Panthers lost their softball game against Basalt, 6-5, the Panthers own an 11-8 overall record after defeating Aspen in doubleheader action 20-0 and 19-0 this past week.

Delta is third in 3A District 5 standings behind Basalt (11-1 and 15-4) and Cedaredge (10-2 and 14-5) with the regular season play completed. All three teams are headed to post-season play.

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Delta outscores Maroons
Delta outscores Maroons

Alamosa's Maroons were in town for last Friday night's 2A Intermountain League football matchup and brought a 1-0 record with them. When they left, the Maroon had a 1-1 league record and had dropped to 3-3 overall following a 28-6 loss to Delta.

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HHS runners compete

Hotchkiss High School's cross country team consisted of eight runners (five boys and three girls) this past weekend at the Delta Cross Country Pantherfest Invitational. Confluence Park, the site for the coming regional qualifying meet set for next week, hosted 75 boys and 69 girls.

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Panthers roll over Aspen in three sets
Panthers roll over Aspen in three sets

Delta's Panthers are the only undefeated 3A WSL team following its 3-0 win over the visiting Aspen Skiers last week. The Panthers stand at 4-0 in league play and are 11-3 overall. Coal Ridge is second with its 5-1 and 8-2 marks while Roaring Fork is third with records of 6-2 and 10-5.

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PHS netters still unbeaten
PHS netters still unbeaten

Paonia's volleyball team didn't lose any momentum during last week's play against Hayden and Hotchkiss. The Eagles won both contests in three sets and boast a widening lead in 2A District 5 volleyball standings.

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Pickleball series ends with Delta tournament
Pickleball series ends with Delta tournament

Alpine Bank's traveling pickleball series ended with an OctoberFest event in Delta. Players from Carbondale to Durango vied for titles in both men's and women's doubles on Saturday, Oct. 1, followed by epic finals in mixed doubles on Sunday.

Local players made their presence felt with Judy Fairchild, Betty Garrett and Rich Garrett all double medaling.

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What's Happening

Christian ballet company tours western Colorado

Ballet Magnificat, America's premier Christian ballet company, will present "Deliver Us!" at the Delta Center for Performing Arts Saturday, Oct. 29. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

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CMU theatre introduces new Bravo Cabaret series

CMU's Department of Theatre Arts will present a new series of cabaret performances as an opportunity for students to gain further and varied experience and to raise money for music theatre scholarships. The Bravo Cabarets are a series of concerts featuring top music theatre students and special guests Mesa Outloud!

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DHS band exhibition scheduled

The Delta High School Marching Band has scheduled a community exhibition Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

The band performs its field show, "Infected" Thursday, Oct. 20, in Grand Junction.

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Master Gardener applications due Oct. 31

Are you interested in learning more about gardening and horticulture in western Colorado?

Colorado State University Tri-River Area Extension invites you to apply for its Master Gardener program.

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Presentation highlights Juan Rivera's travel through this area

Plan to attend a special presentation on Thursday, Nov. 3, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta, sponsored by the Delta County Historical Society. The presenter, Steven G. Baker, is an ethnohistorian and archaeologist in the western Colorado prehistoric and historic contexts.

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Rim Rock Run expected to be the biggest yet

The 2016 U.S. Bank Rim Rock Run is projecting to be the race's most popular year yet. Several weeks away from the Nov. 5 event, the number of registered runners has eclipsed the total number of runners in 2015.

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Student veterans invite all to All Services Ball

Military, law enforcement and emergency service personnel are invited to join community members at the Colorado Mesa University Student Veterans Association 2016 All Services Ball on Friday, Nov. 4, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

CMU alumnus Kris "Tanto" Paronto will be the guest speaker.

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VFW trap shoot will benefit building fund

Lee Marts Post 3371 Delta VFW is hosting a trap shoot on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Delta Trap Club. Proceeds benefit the VFW's building fund.

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What's happening at your local library? Oct. 12, 2016

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Emblem Club changes meeting time

The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, Sept. 26.

The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez at 7 p.m.

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Hartig celebrates 97th birthday
Hartig celebrates 97th birthday

Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma had the pleasure of helping member Miriam Hartig celebrate her 97th birthday. After Hartig blew out the candles on her cake, president Debbie Matteson presented her with a 45-year Delta Kappa Gamma membership pin.

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October is busy time for gardeners

The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge celebrated September with a picnic lunch and plant, produce and garden products exchange at the old pavilion in Cedaredge Park on Oct. 16.

The weather was as perfect as it could get on a beautiful autumn day as we sat in the sun, ate our lunches and enjoyed catching up on everyone's summer activities.

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School Zone

DHS students explore college, career options

Delta High School carved out a 90-minute block last week to expose juniors to career options in medicine, business, banking, science, education and a variety of other fields. During the same block of time, freshmen were learning and practicing self-advocacy skills through role play scenarios of everyday events.

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Superintendent exceeds school board's expectations

The Delta County School Board recently completed its annual evaluation of superintendent Caryn Gibson. The board's written evaluation finds Gibson "is very competent and exceeds expectations in all areas evaluated."

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Vision Charter NHS inducts new members
Vision Charter NHS inducts new members

On a sunny September day, friends and families of three outstanding learners gathered at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy to honor Jackson Duckworth, CJ Braddy and Noah Miller as they were inducted into the school's chapter of the National Honor Society. The three join the elite ranks of only 23 learners who've been inducted into the school's chapter since 2012.

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Obituaries

Bonnie Rollins
Bonnie Rollins

Bonnie Kay Rollins died at her home in Crawford Oct. 9, 2016. She was 74.

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Helen Garcia
Helen Garcia

Helen Garcia died Oct. 3, 2016, in Eckert. She was 93.

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James Andrews

James Andrews of Austin died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at his home. He was 91.

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Lawrence Dicamillo
Lawrence Dicamillo

Larry "Daddy" Dicamillo passed away peacefully at his home in Delta on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, after a long and inspirational battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

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Mary Bauman

Mary Bauman of Hotchkiss died Sept. 29, 2016, in Eckert. She was 89.

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Richard Smith
Richard Smith

Delta resident Richard A. Smith died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 72.

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North Fork

A little help needed for Service Saturday

A Little Help of the North Fork Valley is holding its first Service Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 15.

A Little Help is a Denver-based nonprofit that connects elderly citizens with services and resources that can allow them to remain at home for a longer period of time.

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Angus breeder noted for cow productivity

Cotten Angus of Hotchkiss recently re-enrolled in the American Angus Association®'s MaternalPlus® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.

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Blue Sage welcomes new executive director

After more than five years as executive director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Annette Pretorius is moving on.

During her time at the Blue Sage, the 20-year-old nonprofit has increased membership, added educational opportunities and expanded its music and arts programming.

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Citizens share concerns as Paonia drafts letter to BLM

The Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will make changes to the town's draft comments on the BLM Resource Management Plan after hearing numerous concerns and comments from citizens at a special meeting on Oct. 5.

The public comment period on the draft plan, which will guide the federal agency in land management for 20 to 30 years, ends Nov. 1.

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Crawford to consider comments on BLM plan

The Town of Crawford will take public comment on its draft comments on the Bureau of Land Management's draft Resource Management Plan at the Oct. 19 meeting.

According to town clerk Cally Gallegos, trustees voted at the Oct. 5 meeting to draft a letter urging protection of the town's interests including water, sewer, recreation, schools and citizens.

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High school students help protect cottonwood trees
High school students help protect cottonwood trees

Local high school students from Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe were able to get outside of the classroom recently thanks to the Youth Outdoor Network. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors waded across the chilly North Fork of the Gunnison River at Pleasure Park with tools and fencing in hand to reach young cottonwoods on the other bank.

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Runway fashion show to benefit Hillman House
Runway fashion show to benefit Hillman House

Fashion and art will be the highlight of the Nov. 5 Gallery and Runway Benefit for the Hillman House.

The event is the idea of Chelsy Reed.

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Town of Paonia busy with project bids

With several projects in the works, Paonia town trustees awarded three bids at the Sept. 27 meeting.

Copeland Supply in Grand Junction was awarded a bid of $2,380 for construction of a splitter box. Construction of the concrete portion of the box is complete.

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Town, bank partner in sidewalk project

At the Sept. 27 board meeting Paonia town trustees voted to enter into an agreement with First Colorado National Bank to replace a section of sidewalk and access ramp located at the southeast corner of Second Street and Grand Avenue. The sidewalk will be replaced from the intersection east and south to the alleyways, said Dean.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 12, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 12, 2016

Here comes one . . . a swift flash of blue is all I can see. I know that it was a scrub jay because Dave Gallinat called me to say that they were eating everything in sight.

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Decline in revenue tied to coal mines

Cedaredge Town Board members are hearing that declines in revenue tied to the loss of North Fork Valley coal mining jobs and production will have an impact on the 2017 budget.

According to a report to the trustees from town hall staff in September, the average income to the town's general fund from minerals leasing and severance taxes between 2009 and 2014 was $90,944 a year.

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Lions faithful to Keller legacy
Lions faithful to Keller legacy

Children in the Surface Creek Valley and throughout Delta County may look forward to a brighter future thanks to local Lions clubs and a legacy inherited from Helen Keller.

Members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club explain that it was an appeal by Helen Keller in 1925 that led to the international service organization adopting sight and vision health as its signature service project.

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Police chief cites personnel needs

Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders reporting to the town board last month, said that a six-member police force is needed in Cedaredge.

The Cedaredge Town Board is looking to a 2017 budget that shows declining revenues in the general fund which pays for the police department. The losses stem from the decline of the local coal mining industry.

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Town eyes creekside walking path addition
Town eyes creekside walking path addition

The Town of Cedaredge is eyeing the addition of a section of walking path along the Surface Creek trail.

The section of groomed trail that runs between Independence Avenue and Jay Avenue is already open and available for use by the public. The path follows the course of Surface Creek along the west boundary of the Stonebridge neighborhood.

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