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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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Fireworks display, sales will be allowed in Delta  625 views

Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.

The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.

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The coat of many colors

The coat of many colors  517 views

People start working early in Montana and they know the value of money. Ask Carol Ann Rasmussen who began working when she was ten years old.

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North Fork towns consider water conservation measures  484 views

In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.

In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.

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Delta

Fireworks display, sales will be allowed in Delta

Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.

The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.

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City salaries adjusted to competitive market rate

The Delta City Council periodically reviews compensation and benefits paid to city appointed officers and employees of the city to determine appropriate compensation for those positions.

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Wellness pool to re-open

After an extensive closure for repairs, the wellness pool at Bill Heddles Recreation Center is expected to re-open later this week.

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Temporary closures for Crag Crest

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District has issued a temporary closure for the entire Lower Crag Crest Trail (#711.1A) and the eastern portion of the Crag Crest National Scenic Trail (#711). The closure will remain in place through the end of 2018.

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Delta Fine Arts hosts annual show

Delta Fine Arts hosts annual show

Delta Fine Arts Guild presents its 2018 annual art show, Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 24, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N Palmer Street, Delta. Art of various media, created by the area's finest artists, professional and student, will be exhibited.

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City council appoints six to youth council, donates to swim team

Delta City Council considered requests from two youth groups at its June 5 meeting.

Elyse Casselberry, Delta County community and economic development director, requested the appointment of six Delta High School students to the youth council for the upcoming school year.

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North Fork

Crawford discusses mill levy, water/sewer increase

At the Crawford Town Council meeting June 6, the first agenda item addressed building a 60-foot pole near the water tower for TDS. Area manager Bill Long asked for approval to start construction.

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Paonia signage master planning underway

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 nature.

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Paonia trustees approve comments to BLM

The Paonia Board of Trustees has submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan. The letter recommends that the BLM reject its preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the proposal's impacts and conduct the more in-depth Environmental Impact Study.

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Pre-register for these 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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North Fork towns consider water conservation measures

In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.

In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.

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Town of Paonia, Brunner headed to court this week

At the May 22 board meeting, former Paonia town trustee Bill Brunner took exception to the way the executive session was worded on the agenda. The item called for a conference with the town attorney to receive legal advice "specific to Mr. Brunner court case."

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Surface Creek

Arts Center grand opening this Friday

Arts Center grand opening this Friday

A new era in Cedaredge will dawn when the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) officially opens its doors on Friday, June 15. The new center has been a community effort with many individuals working hard to renovate the GMAEC building at the intersection of SW 2nd and West Main streets in downtown Cedaredge.

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Service Saturday for Surface Creek seniors is June 16

A Little Help of Delta County is sponsoring a 'Service Saturday' event on June 16 to connect seniors in need of help with local volunteers. A half dozen area seniors have indicated a need for assistance so far with various home maintenance jobs.

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Cubs reunion planned

A reunion of the Cedaredge High School Cubs is planned Aug. 10 and 11. Classmates will gather at The Pondy on Main Street in Cedaredge Friday, Aug. 10, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Plant & Dig Garden Club learn composting

The May meeting of the Plant & Dig Garden Club was held at the home of this writer. So for this segment only I will be writing in first-person.

I had the privilege of presenting a program entitled, "Composting and Plant Propagation."

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The coat of many colors

The coat of many colors

People start working early in Montana and they know the value of money. Ask Carol Ann Rasmussen who began working when she was ten years old.

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VBS will transform kids into super sleuths

This summer children will be seen moving in and out of the nooks and crannies of Main Street, Cedaredge. Why? They are "Children: God's Secret Agents," from the vacation Bible school of Cedaredge United Methodist Church.

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Opinion

Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, as well

Knowledge of traffic law is almost non-existent in Paonia. And the worst example I have seen just recently was a bicyclist riding against traffic forcing vehicles over into the opposite lane of traffic followed by running the stop sign with absolutely no regard for the law.

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County accused of reneging on contract

Trust is a funny thing. It can take years to build it, but only seconds for it to disappear.

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Farewell to former patients

To my former Delta County patients, I would like to extend an enormous thank you for entrusting your medical care to me over the past three and a half years. It brought me great joy to work in your community!

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County fails in basic services

What would you do if you woke up one day to find your address had changed suddenly and without prior notice?

I'll take a guess and assume you'd be pretty upset. I know I would be.

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Coloradans vs. Californians

Has there ever been a time in America where hate has been more rampant? Maybe during the Civil War when there was hatred between the North and the South over slavery.

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Community offers excellent medical care

We wish to acknowledge the excellent care my husband received on May 24 by the Delta County Ambulance District and the emergency room employees at Delta County Memorial Hospital. There is no doubt in our minds that without their fast and expert care, he would not be alive today.

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Sports

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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Register for Cherry Days softball play

Registration is being taken for the 2018 Cherry Days softball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1 at Volunteer Park in Paonia. A men's wood bat tournament will be held June 30, and a co-ed tournament (with men using wood bat only) will be held July 1.

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Working toward 2019; local wrestlers grasp opportunities to excel

Working toward 2019; local wrestlers grasp opportunities to excel

An estimated 250 wrestlers from three states took the opportunity last weekend to wrestle at the Paonia Summer Duals. While the number was down, those who showed up are likely to see their efforts rewarded this winter when the 82nd annual Colorado High School wrestling season opens.

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Eight Cedaredge athletes earn all-state track honors in 2018

Eight Cedaredge athletes earn all-state track honors in 2018

The following eight members of the 2018 Cedaredge boys track and field team were honored by being named to this year's Class 2A All-State First Team in track and field by the Colorado High School Activities Association:

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Summer-ball season rolling

Cedaredge and Delta 18U baseball teams competed in a weekend tournament to provide playing-time experience for returning athletes from both schools. According to Delta High School baseball coach Steve Reiher the summer season generates a compliment of full-season games for the Panthers and Bruins.

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Hotchkiss' Firor 2A co-Athlete of Year

Hotchkiss' Firor 2A co-Athlete of Year

Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor was named Class 2A co-Athlete of the Year by the CHSAA. Firor repeated her 2017 performance, winning the 400-meter dash and 300m hurdles.

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What's Happening

Astronomy Festival scheduled

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in partnership with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society and Crawford State Park, will be celebrating the starlit skies of Western Colorado with their ninth annual Astronomy Festival June 13-16.

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Patriotic concert planned

The patriotic community choir announces concerts June 28 at the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church and June 29 at the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a variety of stirring patriotic music.

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Chamberlain to perform at chapel

Chamberlain to perform at chapel

Paul Chamberlain will perform at the Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Chamberlain, whose heritage is Cherokee, Choctaw and Chicasaw Indian, is also known as Three Bears, and has been a part of the American music scene for over 40 years.

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Hubwheelers celebrate Father's Day

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club will host a Father's Day dance on Saturday, June 16, from 7-9 p.m., at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.

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Climb to new heights

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting open climbs every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the month of June, the climbing wall will open Mondays and Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m., at Confluence Fields.

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Toastmasters host open house

Black Canyon Voices Toastmasters invites the public to its open house to meet members and watch special guest speaker, Doug Speedie, MD, medical director at PACE, Volunteers of America talk about the importance of communication skills for today's professional.

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