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Paonia signage master planning underway

As Paonia garners more attention and more visitors, it's becoming very apparent that the town lacks signage. Signs, said Kristin Cypher, a planner and owner of Henderson-based C+B Design, are more than just directional in nat...

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Law enforcement blotter June 20, 2018  152 views

Officers took a report of an abandoned vehicle at Confluence Park.

Alison S. Manzanares, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an outstanding Colorado State Patrol warrant with a bond of $625.

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Orchard City declares 'critical' water shortage  113 views

At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.

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County implements Stage 2 fire restrictions  103 views

Due to a combination of record high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective Monday, June 18, until further notice.

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Delta

Funding available for nonprofits working to end hunger

In an effort to address hunger in Delta County, the Western Colorado Community Foundation has announced funding for projects that increase access to healthy, local foods and improve food security for vulnerable populations. The deadline to apply for the Community Food and Hunger Relief grant is July 15.

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Patterson re-elected to DMEA board

DMEA's annual meeting on June 15 provided an evening of family fun, entertainment, education, and full bellies, as Jimmer's Back Country BBQ served up a delicious meal.

It was also a night for DMEA to celebrate the future.

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Commissioners comment on GMUG's economic importance

At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes provided comments on the scoping document under development for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

They stated their appreciation for the opportunity to provide comment and said they look forward to working with the GMUG through the entire Forest Plan revision process.

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County implements Stage 2 fire restrictions

Due to a combination of record high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective Monday, June 18, until further notice.

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There's still time to register for summer reading program

There's still time to register for summer reading program

Nearly 700 kids in Delta County have registered for the 2018 summer reading program "Libraries Rock."

"We are pleased to report that our registration numbers have already exceeded last year and there is still plenty of time to register," says LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director of Delta County Libraries.

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Marijuana Q & A

In recent weeks the Delta County Sheriff's Office has received numerous phone calls from people asking how many marijuana plants can be grown legally. The answer is 12 plants in or on a residential property in the unincorporated portions of Delta County.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss implements water restrictions

The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.

Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.

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Paonia residents asked to conserve their water use

The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.

At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent.

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Hotchkiss board considers variances, HopeWest donation

Members of the Hotchkiss Town Council granted one variance request and denied another at their monthly meeting June 14. Both decisions fell in line with recommendations from the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.

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Paonia awards bids for sidewalk, water tank repair

Paonia awards bids for sidewalk, water tank repair

Cost to repair the damaged lining of the one million-gallon storage tank at the Clock water treatment plant will exceed $78,000.

At the June 12 board meeting trustees approved a bid to sandblast the storage tank, which mainly provides potable water to Paonia proper.

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Bulls n' Broncs, mud volleyball are back for Cherry Days

The 13th annual Bulls N' Broncs War (formerly the North Fork Challenge) returns to the North Fork Horse Patrol on June 30. This year, $750 of added money will be added to each of the two

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Register for Cherry Days events

With the 72nd annual Cherry Days celebration fast approaching, be sure to plan ahead, as some of the more popular activities require registration.

This year's Cherry Days Parade categories include: children (17 and under), groups, antique/classic cars, antique tractors, animal, political, business, and other individual.

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Surface Creek

Arts center opening draws a crowd

Arts center opening draws a crowd

People began arriving early last Friday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC). Soon a growing crowd of arts enthusiasts lined the sidewalk at the corner of West Main and SW 2nd streets in downtown Cedaredge to await the official ribbon cutting.

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Cedaredge to consider drought restrictions June 21

The Cedaredge Board of Trustees will consider moving into Stage II drought restrictions at its Thursday, June 21, regular meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Cedaredge Civic Center.

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Orchard City declares 'critical' water shortage

At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.

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Orchard City residents appeal for trash and blight relief

Two dozen citizens were on hand at last week's regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees. While water issues dominated the agenda, it was during constituent time that residents voiced their concerns on other matters.

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Animal shelter grand opening set for June 23

Animal shelter grand opening set for June 23

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter invites the public to the grand opening of its new building this coming Saturday. Folks are invited to bring their dogs for a walk along the nearby Surface Creek Trail at 9:30 a.m.

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Trustees receive audit report

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, June 14. The bulk of the session was devoted to a presentation of the results of the town's independent audit by Pete Blair of Blair and Associates, P.C. Blair's official letter to the town stated, "We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the Town of Cedaredge, Colorado, as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017."

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Opinion

Qualified teachers should be armed

As a candidate for state House of Representatives HD61 the League of Women Voters, as one of only three questions, asked the following: What proposals would you pursue to secure student safety in schools?

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Nelson is the candidate we've been waiting for

Why am I voting for Teresa Nelson for county commissioner? I want a county commissioner who understands the importance of God, family and community.

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A simple step can make a community more inviting

A couple of years ago I was passing through Flagstaff. It felt different than many of the towns I went through.

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Pre-existing health conditions should be covered

Recent news reports indicate that a suit has been filed by attorneys general of 20 states charging that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. All 20 of those attorneys general are Republican.

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Citizens Police Academy was well worth the time

You could go to an Avengers movie, but we have our own heroes and they are way cooler. Starting on March 1, I attended my first class of a 10-week course called Citizens Police Academy.

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Big fans of North Fork Ambulance

On the night of May 25, for all practical purposes, I was dead on the floor of my own home. As a 60-year-old man in (what I thought was) relatively good health, I'd suffered both cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

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Sports

Former high school all-American offers non-pad skills camp

Former high school all-American offers non-pad skills camp

Tom Backhus believes that every kid who wants to plays football should have the right skills and good coaching.

Backhus, who lives in Paonia with wife Tess, founded the annual Vail Summer Football Camp in 1982. Now

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Skills Challenge a hit

This year's turnout for the annual Rockies' Skills Challenge, hosted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, was the biggest its been in some time. Assistant Bill Heddles Recreation Director Tyler Schumacker announced this year's participants included 75 youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 years old.

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Post-season baseball honors doled out in 3A

The 2018 Western Slope All-League baseball honors were released recently. Delta, the 3A WSL champion, landed six athletes on the 23-member first-team roster with one other player earning honorable mention honors. Cedaredge garnered four first-team selections and landed one honorable mention player.

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Four Bulldogs on 2018 all-state baseball team

Four Hotchkiss Bulldog baseball players were named all-state players by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Jonathan Gonzalez received All-State First Team honors.

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Seriani, Miller, CHSAA player, coach of year

For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.

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DHS athletes recognized for academic accomplishments

Delta High School juniors and seniors who participated in a CHSAA activity/sport and maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher have been named CHSAA Academic All-State.

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What's Happening

Bennet staff will be in Delta Monday

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet invites area residents to meet with a member of his Colorado staff in Room 234 of the Delta County Courthouse Monday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

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Volunteers sought to build Grand Mesa trail

On June 23-24, Antonelli's Advanced Automotive is teaming up with COPMOBA and the Grand Valley Forest Service Range District to build the Crane Lake trail on Grand Mesa.

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Fly tyers gather monthly

Fly tyers gather monthly

Gunnison Gorge Anglers Thirsty Thursday Tyers Table (4T) will be seating June 28, 6 p.m., at the Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans, 4 S. Park Street, Montrose. The theme for June is Golden Stones.

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'Trap a crook' fundraiser planned

Delta Trap Club, located at 8017 Trap Club Road, will host a trap shoot tournament to raise funds for Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers.

The Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers program has been highly successful in its three years of existence, awarding over $8,000 in rewards for anonymous tips resulting in arrests.

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Shelley Rae's songs inspire conversation

Shelley Rae's songs inspire conversation

Shelley Rae will perform at the Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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Scones perform at Chapel of the Cross

Scones perform at Chapel of the Cross

The Scones will perform at the Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge on Sunday, June 24, at 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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