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Delta

Al-Anon, Alateen meetings updated

Al-Anon and Alateen offer hope and help for families and friends of alcoholics.

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Commissioners deny Bowie land use change application

On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.

The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.

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County adopts $34.4 million budget

The Delta County 2018 budget in the amount of $34,427,504 was adopted Monday by county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes.

The budget was submitted by county administrator Robbie LeValley, who noted it was prepared by a countywide interdepartmental budget team under the supervision and guidance of the Board of County Commissioners.

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County awards bids

Delta County Commissioners awarded a bid on Dec. 4 to Hellman Motor Company for three 2018 Ford 150 trucks for the sheriff's office at a cost of $29,300 per unit.

Undersheriff Mark Taylor said he was ordering the trucks early to be in the front of the line for the outfitter so he could have the trucks on the road at the beginning of the year.

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Delta hospital reports on tobacco cessation program

Delta County Memorial Hospital's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department kicked off a six-week tobacco cessation program during September. The program was designed to help individuals recognize triggers and to work on ways to get through each situation.

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Director selected to move Engage Center forward
Director selected to move Engage Center forward

A $680,000 grant to fund start-up operations of the Engage Center has resulted in the hiring of Shawn Gardner as operations director.

The old City Market building in downtown Delta is the "hub" of the Engage Center, but its "spokes" will be located across the county.

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Four industrial hemp seed varieties approved by state
Four industrial hemp seed varieties approved by state

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that four industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of "CDA Approved Certified Seed."

This year, the CDA Approved Certified Hemp seed program trialed four varieties of hemp across Colorado's diverse growing conditions to validate if they would prove to grow mature plants that fall within industrial hemp requirements set by Amendment 64 in the Colorado Constitution.

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Grants available for specialty crops

To help develop and promote the state's specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 6, 2017

Nov. 26:

Francisco J. Cruz, 30, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,500 bond.

Nov. 28:

Matthew L. Garcia, 38, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

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Master Gardener applications are available

Colorado State University Extension in the Tri River Area (Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties) is seeking applicants interested in becoming Colorado Master Gardeners or Colorado Certified Gardeners.

The Colorado Master Gardener Program is designed to help county or area CSU Extension offices meet the increasing demands by the gardening public for unbiased, research-based information.

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Recovered

On Nov. 22 and 27, the Delta Police Department, with the assistance of Delta County Sheriff's Office and Montrose County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at an Affordable Storage unit at 2170 Southgate Lane.

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Opinion

A marijuana co-op would benefit Crawford

We know that in the Garden of Eden, God gave us all of the seed-bearing plants on earth to use... "And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:12. We also know that the Food and Drug Administration approved the medical use of THC in 1992, 25 years ago.

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Accentuate the positive

We don't have to look very far these days to see all of the negativity in our society. Just turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper and we are confronted with negative happenings each and every day.

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Fracking puts our watershed at risk

David Ludlam's recent opinion piece (Eco-snobbery reveals contradictions and false choices) in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel could be parody if not for real consequences that fracking, drilling and transport pose to the North Fork. Today it's our small farming community that is the sacrifice zone; tomorrow it might be your child's playground or a retirement community.

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Unequal treatment is still an issue in Paonia

I would like to share my opinion on a recent episode in the history of the Paonia Town Council. Five members of the Town of Paonia's upper management recently joined in a complaint against a trustee.

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We're lucky to have DCMH

How lucky we are to have an outstanding hospital right here at home in Delta County! I recently had a new knee replacement there.

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Sports

Bruin boys geared to go
Bruin boys geared to go

Craig Cerise, 11th year as a head coach (second at Cedaredge High School), will be looking to improve on last year's 9-11 record overall. The Bruins finished 3-6 in league play and failed to reach post-season play after losing to Roaring Fork in the 3A District Tournament quarterfinals.

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Bruin girls have team to make run in WSL
Bruin girls have team to make run in WSL

The Cedaredge High School girls basketball had a successful season a year ago and finished second in the 3A WSL. The Bruins put together an eight-game winning streak just before entering last year's 3A District tournament.

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Bruin girls win hoop title
Bruin girls win hoop title

Cedaredge girls basketball coach Ryan Hilbig wanted to start the season off right in Meeker last weekend. The Bruins granted their coach his wish with three victories to win the annual White River Shootout.

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Bruins, Panthers earn awards for volleyball play
Bruins, Panthers earn awards for volleyball play

A long season of volleyball has finally come to an end with the announcements of All-Conference awards going out to six Delta High School and four Cedaredge High School athletes.

The Panthers' All-Conference selections include seniors Harlee Roberts (Libero) and Lexi Quinn (OH) and junior Lauren Davey (MH).

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Bulldog girls aim to improve this season
Bulldog girls aim to improve this season

The Hotchkiss girls' basketball team opened the season at home last Thursday with a 44-25 win over Nucla. At the annual San Juan/Western Slope League Shootout tournament at Paonia, Hotchkiss handily defeated Ridgway, 67-11 on Friday, and on Saturday defeated Norwood, 61-38.

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Cedaredge wrestlers notch big day at CMU
Cedaredge wrestlers notch big day at CMU

There was plenty of wrestling to keep fans happy over the weekend. There were 15 teams listed for competition at the annual Maverick Duals held at Colorado Mesa University last Saturday.

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Delta wrestlers score well at CMU Duals

Delta head boys wrestling coach, Clayton Curtis, can take what he learned from last week's CMU Duals and begin piecing together what could become a league title winner.

Expectations remain high following dual competition last week with four Panthers going 5-0 and two others finishing 4-1 in dual competition last Saturday.

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Opportunities abound for Paonia girls in new year
Opportunities abound for Paonia girls in new year

After losing all five starters and a five-year assistant coach from last season's state champion team, Paonia head basketball coach Scott Rienks said he doesn't know what this season will bring for the Eagles. But with more than two decades of coaching experience and three state titles to his name, Rienks does know a few things.

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Panther wrestlers believe they can
Panther wrestlers believe they can

Delta High School will be looking for another successful wrestling season under the guidance of 11th year head coach Clayton Curtis.

The Panthers sent three athletes to state last season with Logan Church (SR) finishing the year with a 42-3 record and second-place finish in the 285-pound division.

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Paonia boys win two in weekend tournament play
Paonia boys win two in weekend tournament play

After a 22-4 season and a fourth-place finish at state, the Paonia Eagles lost four six-foot-plus players and most of its size to graduation. But there's a lot of returning talent left to work with.

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The Bruins, again, to be scrappy on mat
The Bruins, again, to be scrappy on mat

Cutter Garrison returns as Cedaredge High School's wrestling coach for the 2017-18 season. Garrison took six wrestlers to state last season with Sean Dale placing fourth in his 120-pound weight division and Jerad Hulteen earning a sixth-place finish at 152.

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Wiggins takes over Paonia wrestling reins
Wiggins takes over Paonia wrestling reins

The Paonia Eagles opened the wrestling season Saturday at the annual Maverick Duals at Colorado Mesa University. They also opened the season under a new head coach.

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What's Happening

'Only the Brave' a thank you to local firefighters

The Paradise Theatre in Paonia will show the movie, "Only the Brave: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots" beginning Dec. 8.

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Area Christmas Bird Counts scheduled Dec. 16 and 17

The dates for the Audubon Christmas bird counts for the Montrose-Delta area have been set and the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) is urging anyone interested in helping with the counts or just getting out with fellow birders to get involved.

"This is a great opportunity to not only help with the long term efforts to keep tabs on bird populations throughout the country but see what's around here in the winter and meet other local birders," commented Bruce Ackerman, president of the BCAS.

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Backcountry Film Festival is Dec. 18-19

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Paonia on Monday, Dec. 18, at The Paradise Theatre and in Delta on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Delta Center for Performing Arts.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community.

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Basketball skills, drills for grades K-2

Little hoopsters, lace up your high-tops and dribble down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of K-2 basketball. Youngsters will meet at the rec center gym Saturday mornings starting Jan. 6.

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Boys, girls invited to basketball skills challenge

The Denver Nuggets Basketball Skills Challenge will be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Wednesday, Dec. 20. Registration begins at 9:30; competition is set for 10 a.m.

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Cedaredge UMC hosts Blue Christmas service

For some of us this is going to be a Blue Christmas. That is just the way it is. Maybe:

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Celebrate Christmas with song

The Crawford Community Methodist Church will host outdoor Christmas caroling around the fire on Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at 4 p.m.

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Chamber ambassadors support Delta Food Pantry

The ambassadors from the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce are collecting canned food to support the Delta Food Pantry through Dec. 22.

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Don't miss Christmas concert

Join the Montrose Community Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Montrose Pavilion auditorium for a free Christmas concert. The concert will feature selections of Christmas music celebrating the birth of Christ.

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GOCO announcement to be made at film festival

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Paonia on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Paradise Theatre. All proceeds benefit The Nature Connection.

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Historian to discuss Powderhorn Ski Resort
Historian to discuss Powderhorn Ski Resort

The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado will present a program on Powderhorn Ski Resort. Alice Sisac, who serves as Powderhorn's historian will give a talk on the 50-year history of the ski resort on Grand Mesa.

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Holiday concert set for Dec. 16

Mike Gwinn & the Northfork Flyers will present a Christmas holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Wisehart Springs, 39508 Pitkin Road, Paonia.

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Learn to be a better babysitter

The City of Delta Parks and Recreation Department will offer an American Red Cross babysitter training course Dec. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This class is for participants ages 10-14.

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Santa to visit fire station

Santa will visit the Hotchkiss Fire Station Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet Santa in a peaceful non-commercial setting.

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Train show open weekends at Cross Orchards Historic Site
Train show open weekends at Cross Orchards Historic Site

The 29th annual Christmas show, hosted by Grande Valley Model Railroad Club, will be held at Cross Orchards Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9-31.

Grande Valley Model Railroad Club has hosted a Christmas show annually since 1988, one year after its founding.

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What's up at your library? Dec. 6, 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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Youth basketball tournament scheduled

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is taking registrations for the three-on-three winter youth basketball tournament, to be held at the recreation center on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Divisions for the tournament are boys grades 6-7, boys grades 8-9, girls grades 6-7 and girls grades 8-9.

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Community

Births Dec. 6, 2017

Hope and Clifford Archuleta of Delta are the parents of a son, Harlee Paul Archuleta, born Nov. 28, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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People in the News Huene

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., has released the spring 2017 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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School Zone

DHS students make an impact on the community
DHS students make an impact on the community

What would our world look like if every person, did one nice thing for someone else every day for 11 days? To find out, the Delta High School student council and ambassador team designated November part of the school's "I Care Campaign."

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Obituaries

Bill Barton
Bill Barton

Bill Barton of Paonia died Nov. 24, 2017, in Paonia. He was 85.

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Bill James
Bill James

Lifelong Delta resident Bill M. James died Dec. 1, 2017, at the Veterans Life Center in Grand Junction. He was 93.

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Billie Carson

Billie Carson died Dec. 5, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.

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Douglas Meyer
Douglas Meyer

Montrose resident Douglas Meyer died Nov. 25, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 70.

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Josie Minerich
Josie Minerich

Lifetime North Fork area resident Josephine C. "Josie" Minerich died Dec. 2, 2017, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paonia. She was 98.

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Kenneth Asher

Delta resident Kenneth E. Asher died Dec. 3, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

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Morty Baran
Morty Baran

Cedaredge resident Morty Baran died Oct. 6, 2017, while visiting his daughter in Massachusetts. He was 81.

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R. Melvin Simler
R. Melvin Simler

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Melvin Simler. Melvin ended his earthly journey on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

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Ronald L. Bell
Ronald L. Bell

Delta resident Ronald L. Bell passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at his home in Delta, Colo. Ron was 78 years old.

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Yoshiko Wolverton

Delta County resident Yoshiko Wolverton died Nov. 24, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 89.

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North Fork

Award-winning cowboy poet has Hotchkiss roots
Award-winning cowboy poet has Hotchkiss roots

Floyd Beard was named the Western Music Association (WMA) 2017 Male Poet of the Year at an awards show held Nov. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was also the winner of the 2017 poetry contest.

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BLM tree cutting permits are available

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands are available in Grand Junction, Montrose, Cortez and Durango at the following locations:

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Christmas tree permits can be purchased at area GMUG offices

Christmas tree permits are available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) offices for personal use. The cost per permit is $8 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card.

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Crawford chamber seeks nominations

Nominations for Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year are being accepted by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Hotchkiss lighting contest announced

If you are located in the town limits of Hotchkiss, your home or business will be considered in the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday lighting contest.

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North Fork Ambulance seeks board members

North Fork Ambulance is currently seeking two new board members. The mission of the North Fork Ambulance is to provide all people in the North Fork Valley with compassionate, excellent and timely pre-hospital care and emergency transport.

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Paonia cannabis ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1

Paonia residents planning to grow cannabis plants will have new laws to comply with beginning Jan. 1.

At the Nov. 28 board meeting trustees unanimously passed Ordinance 2017-12, "regulating the possession of marijuana" in town.

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Paonia Reads ... again

In December 2016, the first Paonia Reads event brought book and movie buffs together, challenging them to a read a book and then watch a movie. The community was encouraged to read Sherman Alexie's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

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Paonia terminates parks maintenance contract

Paonia trustees unanimously approved termination of the town parks maintenance contract with Mikel Altenhofen, effective Dec. 31. Altenhofen was one year into a three-year, $41,928-per-year contract with the town to maintain and irrigate the town's four public parks, which total about 15 acres.

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Seasonal road closures announced

The Bureau of Land Management's Uncompahgre Field Office and the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area are implementing annual seasonal road closures to protect wildlife habitat.

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Snow priority plan for when (if) it snows
Snow priority plan for when (if) it snows

The Town of Paonia recently adopted a set of policies and procedures to follow when plowing the snow from town streets.

"I think that this snow removal plan is something that was desperately needed," said trustee Bill Bear when the policy was first brought before the town board in August.

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Town combines planning with zoning commission

The Town of Paonia now has a functioning five-member Planning and Zoning Commission after the board of trustees approved combining the existing planning commission with the town Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Town code requires the town to have a five-member planning commission.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 6, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 6, 2017

Monday -- As we pull in, our headlights are bright against the garage door ... I miss the long days of summer! Overcast and damp and I'm ready for spring but winter isn't even here yet.

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Cedaredge will spend reserves on needed projects

Nov. 30 marked the public hearing for the Town of Cedaredge's 2018 budget. This hearing was preceded by three board of trustee work sessions which were open to the public on Aug. 17, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12.

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Chamber board has three openings

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors will have three vacant seats available Jan. 1, 2018. Letters of interest are now being accepted for those in the business community who wish to serve on the board.

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Garden club shares suet feeder recipe

It seems that the members of our club are as avid about feeding our feathered friends as we are about gardening. With "Feeding our Feathered Friends" the title of our program for the day, we all related our own particular methods for keeping these favorite critters well fed and watered throughout the winter months.

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Hams and eggs
Hams and eggs

For 18 years, first in Delta and now in Cedaredge, a group of local ham radio enthusiasts have been meeting for breakfast. Last Wednesday morning, the informal gathering met at Scramblers Restaurant in downtown Cedaredge and it was particularly thankful to be together after one of its members had been lost for 24 hours in a heavily wooded area.

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Surface Creek Angel Tree for those in need

The Surface Creek Angel Giving Tree is up at Cedaredge FoodTown. Stop by and see how you can help.

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Volunteers, donations needed for holiday meal

The free Cedaredge community Christmas dinner will be Monday, Dec. 25, from 11:30 to 2 p.m. at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town.

The menu will include turkey, ham and all the trimmings, plus desserts of every kind.

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