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Delta

City, county find common ground at joint meeting

As the regional broadband project nears completion in the City of Delta, the city is updating power pole attachment agreements in anticipation of requests for infrastructure from internet service providers.

FCC regulations require all users be treated the same, including new end-mile service providers who have expressed interest in serving Delta once the regional broadband project has been completed.

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County backs program to get kids out of doors

The Delta County Commissioners agreed on Monday to write a letter of support and/or adopt a resolution in support of a grant request by The Nature Connection.

Three board members of The Nature Connection -- Steve Rist, Anita Evans and Anne Janik -- explained to the BoCC that even with this county's extensive public lands resources, the area's youth are not experiencing the outdoors nor developing the skills needed to become successful in outdoor activities.

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County reminds ditch owners of obligations

The Board of Delta County Commissioners reminds water users and ditch owners of the legal requirements, according to state statutes:

Maintenance of Embankments and Tail Ditch. C.R.S. 37-84-101.

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Delta Senior Center displays works of Marcella Kunes
Delta Senior Center displays works of Marcella Kunes

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Marcella Kunes in the dining hall at 247 Meeker Street.

Marcella was born in Iowa, but her family moved to the Boulder area of Colorado when she was young.

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Delta-based Look Buildings sets the stage for growth
Delta-based Look Buildings sets the stage for growth

A business born of desperation has now moved into a new location that will set the stage for continued expansion.

Brian Johnson, the manager of Overholt Truss, was looking for ideas to keep his employees busy during the construction downturn.

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GMUG plans spring burning

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are preparing for spring prescribed burns. A total of nine areas are planned to be burned, pending appropriate weather, soil and vegetation conditions, and staffing. Burning may begin in early April and continue into June.

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Law enforcement blotter April 5, 2017

March 27:

Caisha M. King, 38, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond. King was also issued a ticket for alleged disregarded a stop sign, failed to present evidence of insurance and drove motor vehicle while license revoked.

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Librarians attend statewide training
Librarians attend statewide training

"Every spring, Delta County Library staff has the opportunity to network with library professionals from across the state, develop valuable job-related skills and keep up-to-date on information that is specific to public libraries in the state of Colorado," states district director, Lea Hart, of the recent two-day spring workshop offered by the Colorado Library Consortium. "This annual event connects us to significant resources as well as useful contacts with other library districts, the state library and academic libraries statewide."

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New name, new director in the works for technical college
New name, new director in the works for technical college

Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Yeulin Willett, Sen. Kerry Donovan and Sen. Don Coram are sponsoring legislation that would change the name of Delta-Montrose Technical College to the Technical College of the Rockies.

Delta-Montrose Technical College is owned by Delta County Joint School District #50, but the name of the college, and the two other area technical colleges are specified in state statutes.

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No dumping
No dumping

The state requires that electronics be recycled and not deposited in landfills or alongside the road. Big penalties are assessed for trashing the county as shown in the photo above.

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OHVs allowed on county roads

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday adopted an ordinance that permits and regulates the use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The new county ordinance does not apply to other local jurisdictions including state or federal agencies or municipal streets.

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Program highlights Delta area history
Program highlights Delta area history

Interpretive Association of Western Colorado is hosting an educational program in conjunction with its annual meeting Tuesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The free lecture series highlights the history and the heritage of Delta and the surrounding areas.

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Rascon charged

The driver who plowed into the rear end of a school bus stopped in North Delta last week has been charged. According to the Delta Police Department, Samuel R. Rascon, 48, of Hobbs, N.M., was issued a ticket for the alleged violations of:

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Region 10 seeks proposals for older adult services

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) - Region 10 is soliciting proposals for Older Americans Act funding from public, private and nonprofit organizations interested in providing services for older adults (60+) within Region 10.

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Sheriff affirms ICE cooperation

The Denver Post reports that the Delta County Sheriff's Office has been deemed "uncooperative" by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The article was posted to the daily's website on March 31.

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Summit engages teens in their local government

A Youth Summit designed to build interest in local government was hosted by the Delta Youth Council last week. Students from Delta and Cedaredge attended the day-long session, which opened at Bill Heddles Recreation Center with comments from city manager David Torgler and concluded with tours of the courthouse, sheriff's office, Delta City Hall and the city's municipal light and power plant.

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Tractor Supply customers donate $4,155 to FFA student projects

In support of the next generation of agricultural leaders, Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation partnered for the second consecutive year to back student-driven agriculture projects that will benefit Colorado communities and FFA chapters for years to come.

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Opinion

Colorado coal communities saved from costly power plan

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration's signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. But not the nation's coal communities.

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County needs cohesive strategy for recreation

At a March 20 public meeting, I spoke with county commissioners about $480,000 of lottery funds being held in the county's Conservation Trust Fund account. I asked that the commissioners consider the creation of a community commission to help strategize the use of those funds.

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Grateful for care at DCMH

This letter concerns the Delta County Memorial Hospital. In February, Dave (Dr. Gallob at the Crawford Veterinary Clinic) had some serious surgery followed by a heck of a long hospital stay (33 days).

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Rural hospitals provide essential services

I am a director on the board of the Delta County Memorial Hospital and I am, again, attempting to persuade our senators and representatives to take action protecting the ongoing viability of rural hospitals.

Please don't assume that people in need of medical services in Delta County, Montrose County, Gunnison County or even in Mesa County have the financial ability and/or the physical ability to travel many miles, like to Denver or even Grand Junction, for medical services.

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We must demand climate action

The headline in the Guardian "Climate change: 'human fingerprint' found on global extreme weather" recaps the science on global warming and so-called "climate weirding," the effect climate change is having on the planet's weather.

And while attributing cause to any single event is difficult, the impacts of climate change are being seen in global weather patterns from floods and deluge to wildfire and drought.

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Sports

Cedaredge girls score 45 points; finish 11th
Cedaredge girls score 45 points; finish 11th

Cedaredge's girls scored 45 points to place 11th at last week's Cedaredge Invitational. Coal Ridge and Paonia scored 81 points each to share the team title on Saturday. Meeker was third (77) and Delta fourth (75) in the 17-team field.

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CHS boys win own track meet
CHS boys win own track meet

Kirby Henderson's boys track team had most everything going the right direction last Saturday as the Bruins scored 148 points to win their own Cedaredge Invitational track meet.

There were 17 teams entered and all four Delta County track teams finished in the top 10.

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CHS tennis team falls to GJJV

The Cedaredge Bruins were in Grand Junction to face Central's Warriors on the tennis courts. Central won the match 5-2 with Cedaredge's two wins coming in 1 and 4 Doubles play.

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Delta nine wins 3 of 4 tilts
Delta nine wins 3 of 4 tilts

Last week's baseball play wasn't as good of a start as Delta High School coach Steve Reiher wanted. His Panthers started the week with a potent Hotchkiss Bulldogs' baseball squad, which is on a five-game win streak, including its 2-1 victory over Delta on March 27 in Delta.

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Delta slips by Bruins in tennis
Delta slips by Bruins in tennis

Delta hosted Cedaredge on the tennis courts at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on March 27. Delta won the match 4-3, earning its first win of the season.

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Delta soccer team splits matches played

Delta High School's soccer team owned an early 2-0 lead in the opening half of last week's soccer match against Grand Valley. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Grand Valley regrouped for a second half run to outscore Delta 3-1 and earn a 4-3 victory in 3A Region 3 play.

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Delta's big day earns 2nd place
Delta's big day earns 2nd place

Last week's Cedaredge Invitational track meet was a successful one for the Delta Panthers. The boys teams scored 112 points to place second and Cedaredge was first with 148 points.

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Dogs open conference 2-0
Dogs open conference 2-0

The Hotchkiss baseball team is in second place in 2A District 3/5 standings after opening conference play Saturday with wins over Dolores and Ignacio.

In the Bulldogs' first win of the day sophomore Jamison Yanish was two-for-two including a three-run homer in the Bulldogs' 9-3 win over Ignacio.

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Lockhart breaks shot put mark; girls 4th at meet
Lockhart breaks shot put mark; girls 4th at meet

Lily Lockhart continues to be in the limelight as she dominated in the shot put and discus events last weekend in Cedaredge. Lockhart chucked the shot put 43'2.25" to break Delta's Bryanna Music's old mark of 42'1" set back in 2014.

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Paonia dominates in conference openers
Paonia dominates in conference openers

In one week, two Paonia Eagles were one walk away from pitching a perfect game.

Paonia opened conference play Saturday with a 15-0 win over Dolores and a no-hitter for junior pitcher Jaden Miller.

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Paonia girls tie for first
Paonia girls tie for first

The Paonia girls scored 81 points to tie with Coal Ridge for first place at the annual Cedaredge Invitational.

The girls won four individual events.

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Rienks, players honored at PHS
Rienks, players honored at PHS

At Paonia High School's basketball awards ceremony last week it's an understatement to say that there was a lot to celebrate. The most notable was the girls' Class 2A state championship.

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What's Happening

Adult, student artists invited to enter show

Calling all artists to submit up to three pieces of original art in Delta Fine Arts' annual art show. Email Linda Aubery for the show entry guidelines at ljaubery@gmail.com or call 970-765-5034. The show is open to adults and students ages 6-18.

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Annual Caregivers Summit will educate, reinvigorate

The Aging and Disability Resources of Colorado (ADRC) and the Community Living Services program of the Area Agency on Aging and Region 10, in conjunction with many health care and long-term care service providers, are hosting the fourth annual Caregiver Summit and Retreat on Tuesday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Road, Montrose.

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Apple Blossom Ride offers route options

The third annual Apple Blossom Ride is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. in Cedaredge. Once again, three routes of varying difficulty will be offered and it will start at the town park.

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DCED hosts 21st annual meeting April 20

Delta County Economic Development will host its 21st annual meeting Thursday, April 20, at the Orchard City Town Hall. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers.

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Historian will discuss state's water struggles

The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado presents its monthly oral history program Thursday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. 4th Street, Grand Junction.

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Native Plant Master classes begin soon

The Tri River Area Extension is accepting applications for its 2017 Native Plant Master Program. Participants in Native Plant Master courses learn identification, ecology and human uses of selected Colorado plants emphasizing sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds.

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Tipton announces town hall meetings

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) will hold three town hall meetings in April, where attendees will be able ask questions and receive an update on legislative issues impacting Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Each meeting is open to the public.

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Valley Voices looks at water

On Friday, April 21, join the members of the North Fork community at the Blue Sage Center of the Arts for a crucial talk on the future of our water as part of The Blue Sage's seasonal speaker series, Valley Voices.

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What's happening at your local library? April 5, 2017

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

Civil Air Patrol awards Amelia Earhart Award to Ezra Russell
Civil Air Patrol awards Amelia Earhart Award to Ezra Russell

Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Ezra Russell has been awarded the Amelia Earhart Award and has been promoted to the rank of cadet captain. C/Capt. Russell was presented his award by Capt. Kirk Gustafson, unit commander of Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron.

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Delta Emblem Club plans installation of new officers

The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on March 27.

A short order of the opening ritual was performed, led by president Diane Martinez.

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Huerkamp competes with CMU rodeo team
Huerkamp competes with CMU rodeo team

The Colorado Mesa University rodeo team will host the fifth annual Regional Intercollegiate Maverick Stampede Rodeo April 7-8 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park.

Rachel Huerkamp, a 2016 graduate of Delta High School, is a barrel racer with the CMU rodeo team. She will compete Friday night.

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People in the News Huene

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. has released the fall 2016 honor roll list for outstanding academic performance. The honor roll list is comprised of the President's and Provost's Honor Roll Lists.

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Renee Joyce honored for behavioral health care

The Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) has chosen Renee Joyce, therapist at A KidZ Clinic in Delta, as the recipient of the 2017 CASBHC Inspiration Award for Outstanding School-Based Health Center Behavioral Health Provider.

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Schlappe commands engineer battalion
Schlappe commands engineer battalion

In a ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base on April 1, Lieutenant Colonel André Schlappe took command of the 244th Engineer Battalion from outgoing commander, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Ferron. The 244th is an Army Reserve battalion headquartered in Denver, consisting of over 1,300 soldiers from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

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School Zone

50J staff changes

Todd Markley, human resources director for Delta County Joint School District #50, is retiring at the end of the school year. Jim Farmer, longtime principal at Garnet Mesa Elementary School, will take his place, with additional duties in middle/high school curriculum and new teacher training.

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High school students to share air quality research

Since January, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

Now the students are ready to share their research projects in their classrooms and at two different Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ) Science Symposium, which are free and open to the public:

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Obituaries

Anna O'Brien
Anna O'Brien

Anna Marie "Sam" O'Brien of Paonia died April 1, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 75.

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Gary Martin

Gary K. Martin died March 28, 2017, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 81.

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Jack Hawkins

Delta resident Jack Hawkins died March 28, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center. He was 78.

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Judith Aitken
Judith Aitken

Judith Ann Aitken of Cedaredge died March 28, 2017, after a short illness. She was 68.

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Leona Chapman

Cedaredge resident Leona Matilda Chapman died March 26, 2017, at the Beehive Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 94.

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Robert Kramer

Montrose County resident Robert C. Kramer died March 31, 2017, at his home. He was 80.

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Shirley Tafoya
Shirley Tafoya

Shirley Mae Tafoya, former resident of Delta and current resident of Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose, died March 27, 2017. She was 63.

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Stanley George
Stanley George

Lifetime Crawford resident Stanley George died March 28, 2017, at Mantey Heights Rehabilitation and Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 81.

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North Fork

AmeriCorp volunteers do valuable local service
AmeriCorp volunteers do valuable local service

Paonia Mayor Charles Stewart attended a volunteer cleanup of the Paonia River Park Tuesday, April 4, to recognize the value of community service to the nation during an event organized by local AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America).

During the event, the mayor thanked local volunteers for their contribution to the town and signed a proclamation which outlined the importance of service to the community.

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Grants will help mission of North Fork Creative Coalition

The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition (NFVCC) has been awarded two grants for projects to be completed in 2017 from the Colorado Tourism Office and the Orton Family Foundation.

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) awarded NFVCC $25,000 through its 2017 Marketing Matching Grant Program for the purpose of promoting the region as a tourism destination. The grant is competitive and was awarded to 30 nonprofits in Colorado this year.

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Hotchkiss launches master plan update

The planning commission and the town council for Hotchkiss have launched a master plan update process, and the community is invited to weigh in on the future development of the town.

Everyone in the greater Hotchkiss community -- not just town proper -- are invited to fill out one of the eight-page surveys.

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Local handlers preparing for stock dog trials
Local handlers preparing for stock dog trials

The 14th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trial is less than six weeks away. And while the event attracts teams from across the western U.S., several locals are busy preparing for this year's trials.

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Neal Ferguson named Paonia police chief
Neal Ferguson named Paonia police chief

Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neal Ferguson will be sworn in as the chief of police at the April 11 board meeting following an appointment by the town board. The ceremony will include the swearing in of a new police officer, Stewart Byrge.

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Paonia OHV ordinance goes into effect May 6

Paonia trustees approved an ordinance last week allowing the operation of off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, within town limits.

Before jumping on your four-wheeler and going for a spin, OHV owners should know a few things, including the fact that the ordinance will not take effect until May 6. Until then, it is not legal to operate an OHV or ATV within town limits, according to Police Chief Neil Ferguson.

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Parents of PHS student claim ADA rights violated

Parents of a 17-year-old disabled student at Paonia High School are at odds with the school administration over whether their son should be allowed to walk in school.

Alex Hood was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movement and coordination, and suffered a stroke at birth.

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School of Integrated Studies draws families to the valley
School of Integrated Studies draws families to the valley

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies (NFSIS) is drawing families to the North Fork Valley with Waldorf-inspired education methods, which emphasize the arts and limit technology.

The school opened within Paonia Elementary as "a school within a school" in 2015 with 24 children in grades K-4.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope April 5, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope April 5, 2017

I can hear them calling. I see them in the clouds above ­-- when they aren't there! And I know that I will continue to hear them.

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Cedaredge adopts higher ticket fines

The Town of Cedaredge has recently imposed ticket fines for various code infractions covering animals, weeds and junk. In some cases the fines for offenses have doubled. All mandate a municipal court appearance for a third offense.

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What's your take on daylight saving?

What's your position on Daylight Saving Time? If you are one of the many people whose internal clock still hasn't caught up with the twice yearly time change, an item from the Cedaredge Town Board's March agenda will come of some interest.

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