Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is starting work to update big-game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas. The public is invited to meetings where the planning efforts will be discussed.
In a report to the town board, the Cedaredge Public Works Department reports that the Jay Avenue bridge opened for Memorial Day weekend. Town staff, contractors, and the engineer met on-site on June 6 to discussing striping issues, the report stated.
As volunteers of the month for June, the Surface Creek Animals Shelter Board Members are being named volunteers of the month.
The Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge opened the Shelter Shoppe, 290 North Grand Mesa Drive, in March of 2010. The members of the Board of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC, also known as The Surface Creek Animal Shelter) were many of those folks who organized this project.
As Colorado's produce season arrives, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is asking consumers to buy local.
"Colorado's high day time temperatures countered by cool nights, give our fruit a sweeter, more intense flavor," said Bruce Talbott, Talbott's Gold, Palisade, Colo., a fifth-generation Colorado fruit farmer.
With 10 months until the next municipal election the Town of Cedaredge is seeking interested, qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the town board, created when Larry Smith stepped down last month. The appointment would fill the remaining term to April 2018.
According to the Cedaredge Police Department's incident summary report for May, there were 60 reported incidents and five traffic citations issued during the month.
No matter whether you are a home body or a local social function fan, this Saturday, June 24, is the date you want to mark on the calendar for gettin' up and gettin' out to one of the most easy goin' fun events of the year in Surface Creek Valley.
A Cedar Mesa couple has taken up the fight against an incurable, debilitating disease and the limiting effects it has on people's lives.
Charlie Farrell and Jan Blue this week bring their personal ministry to the community by making available to Parkinson's disease sufferers at no cost a new therapy regimen. They explain it has shown proven results in helping people overcome symptoms of Parkinson's.
Kent Brakken, 71, died as the result of a traffic accident on Interestate 80 west of Ogallala, Neb., June 8.
The North Platte Telegraph reports the crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound Dodge pickup.
Cedaredge trustees are in discussions about water and sewer rates, and hosted a meeting recently to reveal the results of a comparative rate study.
The town board will consider a resolution on changes to its water and sewer rates at the June 15 regular business meeting.
Another poor financial showing for the Cedaredge Golf Course cast a shadow over an otherwise positive financial audit report for the Town of Cedaredge's 2016 operations.
For example, the practice of "conservative budgeting" (i.e. estimating expenses at the high end of a range and for income at the low end) helped produce results wherein the town "actually did a lot better than anticipated," according to the report presented to trustees by auditor Pete Blair.
Money from the Cedaredge water fund, general fund and sewer fund were used to subsidize golf in 2016 providing an amount equal to 30 percent of total golf course funding for the year.
An audit report presented to Cedaredge trustees last week confirmed that in 2016 the Cedaredge Golf Course received large cash subsidies for operations and equipment, primarily from the water fund.
With 10 months until the next municipal election the Town of Cedaredge is seeking interested, qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the town board, created when Larry Smith stepped down last month. The appointment would fill the remaining term to April 2018.
Balladeers of "happiness, light, and love," David and Tamara Hauze, traveled from their Crawford home on June 8 to give a benefit concert in Cedaredge Town Park for Delta County Search and Rescue.
Delta County sheriff Fred McKee, serving as emcee for the evening, explained to the audience why the county's Search and Rescue team is important.
May was the month our club planned to visit the arboretum at Pioneer Town. So off we went, even though the weather was cold and rain threatened.
A very successful 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art Show sponsored by Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority has been completed. Ninety-two artists exhibited a total of 256 entries which included paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, stained glass and an open category.
With strong support from the arts community, from patrons of the arts, and from local business and individual sponsors, members of the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority staged the 45th consecutive Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit at Cedaredge Middle School last week.
Ninety-two artists entered a total of 256 individual works for this year's exhibit and sale.
Members of the Senior Hikers went on an outing recently with George Decker, a rancher and a member of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, to the Book Cliffs to see the wild horses.
Decker lead the group to a sharpening site where prehistoric people sharpened their stone tools.
Cedaredge Library manager Cara Morton was honored on Friday, June 2, with a reception as she moves on from the library after 16 years "to open a new chapter" in her life.
Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy (GMSA) of Cedaredge honored high achieving students at the school's annual awards recognition on May 27.
A morning and early afternoon of music, food, lots of crafts and vendors to explore, and ideal weather greeted visitors to the first of three summertime Celebrate Cedaredge street fairs on Main Street Saturday.
The 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit opens Thursday, June 8, at Cedaredge Middle School.
This year organizers say there is an exceptionally large number of artists (93) exhibiting with a lot of professionals on display whose works will be of special interest to patrons.
Local artists displayed their creative talents and their works along Main Street in Cedaredge as the second of the summer season's Art Walk events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce took place on Friday, June 2.
Pioneer Town's Heritage Day on Saturday, May 27, marked the official beginning of the summer season in Surface Creek Valley.
There was a big turnout of local history and pioneer heritage fans who enjoyed mild weather and sunshine.
According to the police log for April 1 through April 30, the Cedaredge Police Department responded to 42 incidents and issued four citations.
Helping to fund the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge, the Shelter Shoppe at 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive has been so active that once again we feel we need to honor three women for this month.
Roberta Marean, Arlene Mellema and Marilee Claxton are not only great volunteers at the Shoppe, but they have been putting in many extra hours to get ready for the garage sale on May 26 and 27.
Ciders from the local Snow Capped Cider brand have been awarded top honors at a prestigious major international competition.
The local ciders made from fruit grown in Surface Creek Valley took two of the top three places in their class with gold medals, and a third Snow Capped Cider won a silver medal at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) held at Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 20-21.
When Scott Sullivan retired from his career at the Delta Correctional Center after 16 and a half years, art became a much bigger part of his life.
With new-found free time he now had for pursuing his passion, he completed construction of a studio behind his house just north of town in Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge High School Class of 2017 officially graduated 62 class members during commencement ceremonies at the school on Sunday afternoon.
Two of the 62 class members listed on the official program were designated as honorary graduates.
This coming Saturday, May 27, is one of Surface Creek Valley's biggest celebrations of its proud history and of its rugged and visionary pioneer founders -- Heritage Day at Pioneer Town.
The day of special events also marks the official season opening of Pioneer Town.
The Town of Cedaredge will host an information meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 24, to share the results of a water and sewer rate study. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Community (Civic) Center at 140 NW 2nd Street.
The Delta County master plan project came to Cedaredge on May 17.
Planners held two sessions at the Community (Civic) Center during which the public gave input on the process and issues.
The Edge of the Cedars Art Show will run June 8-11 at Cedaredge Middle School. Area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork as soon as possible.
The Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo concluded its 59th consecutive annual performances at the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena at Cedaredge on Sunday, May 21.
The two-day weekend provided three rodeo performances.
In light of the two-day weather delay of the 2017 state track meet, the Colorado High School Activities Association held a special graduation ceremony Sunday morning, May 21, for all athletes who missed their graduation ceremonies at home.
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals stepped up along side of national organizations and displayed their support for the community's youth and its future on May 16. Over $380,000 in scholarship assistance for CHS graduating seniors was presented during the school's annual senior awards banquet.
Cedaredge Trustee Larry Smith in a May 1 letter has submitted his resignation from the town board effective May 15. His current term runs until April 2018.
Smith told the DCI that he felt his extensive travel schedule was taking too much time away from his duties as trustee.
A special public information meeting to discuss results of a water and sewer rate study for the Town of Cedaredge will be held on Wednesday, May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Community (Civic) Center.
According to a town hall staff memo, the study looks at "revenue requirements necessary to comprehensively determine cost of service and rates for domestic water service including raw water collection, water treatment, water distribution and service and wastewater treatment including sanitary sewage collection and treatment."
The Edge of the Cedars Art Show is coming soon. Area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork as soon as possible.
A fun local tradition that has been part of the Surface Creek Valley community now in its 59th year is coming to the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena this week end.
The 59th Western Slope Little Britches rodeo stands as a tribute to this area's dedication to family, to preserving a living heritage of the American West, and to youth.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club will again host a gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge on every Wednesday evening from May 31 to Aug. 2.
Twenty-four young women who will graduate from Cedaredge High School this month were guests of the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club last week for a spring tradition that dates back to 1951.
The annual Senior Tea was hosted by members of the club at the Stolte Shed on May 3.
Cedaredge Elementary School is again offering its innovative summer school program called 'Cedaredge University' that will guide youth into areas of academic study in an atmosphere of making learning fun and interesting.
School Principal Daniel Renfrow said the name was chosen to help students begin early to visualize themselves in a future college career.
Our April meeting, a visit to the Soil Makers facility in Delta, met everyone's expectations. Julie Hilton (a correction of her last name from the April article -- it will not be Stransky until next September) gave an informative presentation on the background of this company -- whose product is sold under the name of Maxfields -- and the operation in Delta which has just begun retail sales at their warehouse at 215 Spring Street.
A new Cedaredge Little Free Library is located on the porch of the Stolte Shed. It was officially dedicated last week during the annual Senior Tea for graduating CHS senior young women, an event hosted by the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club.
Local artists displayed their works for exhibit and for sale, entertainment was provided with music and dance, and people enjoyed a mild spring evening on Cedaredge Main Street during the inaugural 1st Friday Art Walk of the season.
The AppleShed also participated in the event where there were art exhibits taking place.
Cedaredge police responded to 71 incidents and issues 11 citations between March 1 and 31, according to a department report.
The benefits to be derived from Surface Creek Valley's abundance of clean air, clean water, good food, and good friends contribute to long and happy lives for many.
A few of those happy lives were honored on April 26 when the Surface Creek Senior Citizens, Inc., joined with other senior organizations in the county and celebrated 12 of the community's young at heart members who have attained the age of 90 years or more.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club will again host a gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.
Every Wednesday evening from May 31 to Aug. 2, the club will put on a gymkhana for all ages.
Competition in broadband is bringing better service options to residents of Delta County.
TDS Telecom recently announced an upgrade of service for the Cedaredge area.
Vehicle mishaps involving collisions with buildings took place on consecutive days last week in Cedaredge.
Authorities said there were no injuries in either incident and noted that it was odd to have the two occurrences take place one day after the other.
Some communities don't observe Arbor Day. But in Cedaredge, Arbor Day is a big deal.
On April 24, the Cedaredge Tree Board observed Arbor Day with fifth grade students from Cedaredge Elementary School.
Cedaredge United Methodist Church presents a six-week study, "Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask."
The study will take place on Tuesdays from April 25 to May 30.
Do you ever think you'd like to volunteer a little time to a great cause but don't know how to offer your services?
This is your chance to do something important for your Cedaredge Library and the town.
A low cost dog vaccination clinic is planned Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cedaredge Town Park pavilion. The cost is $10 for a one-year rabies shot and town residents will need to buy a town license for $10 for a spayed/neutered dog or $50 for an intact dog.
The Town of Cedaredge's spending on a stalled, four-year-long involvement with a street intersection improvement project was called "ridiculous" by a constituent at the town board's April 20 meeting.
Known as the "enhancement project," the proposed beautification work at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65) was begun with a signed agreement for design and engineering in 2013.
Cedaredge will not participate in the Region 10 broadband project by providing fiberoptic links to anchor institutions in town after all. (Anchor institutions are libraries, schools, fire departments, medical facilities that need broadband internet.)
The installation of ten, steel "StoryWalk" pedestals along the natural setting of Cedaredge's Surface Creek Trail has attracted an act of vandalism.
As a result, the addition of camera surveillance to the section walking path between Independence and Deer Trail Avenues was discussed at the town board's April 20 meeting.
Sandy Wilt's near 30-year-long affection for the photographic hobby has filled her life with enjoyment, adventure and many friendships. She looks forward to a future of excitement from her avocation, a future which, perhaps surprisingly, she views as "a little bit scary, too."
Helping to fund the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge, Colorado, the Shelter Shoppe, 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive, has been so busy this month that three volunteers have arisen as volunteers of the month.
Alvena Richard, a 10-year resident of Cedaredge, has volunteered at the Shelter Shoppe almost since its beginning citing her love of animals as the reason she continues her tenure at the Shoppe.
The Cedaredge Tree Board is partnering with the fifth grade students from the Cedaredge Elementary School to plant three specimen trees at the southeast area of the Cedaredge Middle School grounds on Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. Included in the celebration will be the reading of the proclamation by Mayor Gene Welch.
The biggest event in Cedaredge all last week was the day for the annual Easter egg hunt for the community's kids and families. Events were hosted by at least two groups that the public was invited to participate in.
Cedaredge has an urban wildlife population of deer that roam the streets and yards and which many residents are very fond of.
But there are downsides to humans and wildlife living in too close proximity. By becoming residents of town, the local deer population is exposing itself to hazards.
On Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 a group of people that likes playing music for the enjoyment and fun of playing gather in the sanctuary of Cedaredge Assembly of God. Their likeminded conductor is Grady Weiszbrod.
Some Monday evenings different members can't attend, but those who can are there with their instruments and enthusiasm.
What a great time the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club had at its March meeting, held at the home of Gloria Good and looking down on Surface Creek. We watched the birds at the feeders, talked about our own experiences with the birds in our garden, and had the opportunity to listen to Gary Good tell us about his bird watching experiences.
While government may see healthy lifestyles as an opportunity to raise taxes, Cedaredge Elementary sees them as a chance for fun, for learning, and for helping their school get better.
The parents, staff, students and friends of Cedaredge Elementary School observed a special day last week to help their school and promote good health at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
After voters rejected the Town of Cedaredge's proposal for a 1/2 cent increase in sales tax just over a year ago, officials are once again discussing a bid to hike the sales tax.
In a report to trustees on March 16, town staff noted efforts under way at "organizing for a second attempt at sales tax increase."
Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce directors, members and guests gathered at the Stolte Shed on March 31 to celebrate a 2016 of successful events, community involvement, local business support, and to focus on moving forward into 2017.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is working on a monthly promotion to encourage folks to find out what Cedaredge merchants have to offer. The First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided art walk hosted by businesses along Main Street and other venues throughout town.
Cedaredge area postal carrier Patsy Arnold has earned a personal commendation from the postmaster general.
Last summer while doing her mail route, she responded to a potentially dangerous situation that involved a young child and helped secure a safe outcome to events.
Trustees voted at the March 16 regular meeting of the Cedaredge Town Council to pay an engineering firm additional money on the contentious, long-delayed, and ultimately downsized "enhancement project." Trustees Patty Michael and Larry Smith voted against continuing with the project.
The Cedaredge Community Gardens begins its ninth season this April. The board met in February, where changes to the membership structure were proposed and agreed.
A Christian-based group for boys and young men that combines values guidance with outdoor activity is being sponsored by Cedaredge's Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church.
The program, which accepts boys and young men ages five to 17, is affiliated with Trail Life USA.
Cedaredge United Methodist Church invites everyone to join in any of its ongoing weekly activities. These include the following:
In February the Cedaredge Police Department responded to 52 separate incidents and issued five citations, one of them for a charge of criminal mischief carrying a possible $1,000 fine.
Cedaredge trustees were scheduled on Tuesday this week to consider an ordinance authorizing issuance of $2.7 million in water revenue bonds which will be paid off by residents' water billings.
The bonds are a refinance of an existing USDA loan and they also provide new money to settle the $175,000 court mediated agreement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association over its ownership interest in the Cedaredge water utility.
The Cedaredge Town Board agreed at its March 16 meeting to what is essentially a non-compete agreement with DMEA (Elevate).
A memorandum of understanding that was provided by DMEA and approved by the town board last week bars future town-owned broadband infrastructure from being used for selling access or signal provided by DMEA, except through established networks.
When Ira Edwards of Cedaredge greets you with his broad, confident smile and firm handshake saying, "It's been a lot of fun and a lot of years," you know he means it. That's because he is living it.
Kathy Wilcox, a mother of three children, grandmother of six and great grandmother of four, has lived in Cedaredge for the last eight years. She has been volunteering at the Shelter Shoppe since August of 2015 and does so because of her love of animals.
Pioneer Town volunteers and members of Surface Creek Valley Historical Society began a season of community activities and events on a nice weather Sunday hosting the annual soup supper.
Event coordinator Olie Mowers said that it was more than members and volunteers who helped in donating over 15 soups and baked good treats that accompanied them; friends of Pioneer Town and the Society contributed also.
The 11th of Adar (the Fast of Esther) is a Jewish fast day equating to Thursday, March 9, 2017.
The 14th of Adar is the Jewish holiday of Purim which begins on Saturday evening, March 11, and ends the following evening. Adar is the 12th month of the Hebrew sacred calendar.
What a wonderful experience the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club had for our February meeting!
Kathleen Ray's program, "Awakening the Quiet Within" presented many ideas of how our connection with nature and our gardens helps us keep the cares of the world at bay.
TDS Telecommunication Corp (TDS®) customers in the town of Cedaredge have faster broadband speeds with the recent launch of up to 50Mbps internet speed.
"For households that demand lots of internet, 50Mbps offers enough bandwidth for delay-free downloads and uploads of speed of 1.5 to 10Mbps," said Shane West, vice president of marketing and product development for TDS.
Local Christians joined with other followers of Jesus Christ around the world on Friday, March 3, with an observance of World Day of Prayer at the Cedaredge Assembly of God.
The theme for the gathering this year was "Am I being Unfair to You?"
Pioneer Town's Stolte Shed displayed its versatility as a community venue when last weekend it served as a local movie theater for audiences that turned out to enjoy some old-style good times.
Two screenings of the Harold Lloyd silent film comedy classic "Safety Last" on Saturday and Sunday also opened up new possibilities for service to Surface Creek Historical Society members and to the local public.
Navy Midshipman Samuel J. Williamson from Cedaredge participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.
More than 280 midshipmen at Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers.
An agreement that brought good drinking water to undeveloped areas of the county and that dates generations came to an official end on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Town of Cedaredge and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) closed on the final paperwork separating the two water providers from the cooperative operating agreements that once linked them.
An elderly Cedaredge man was killed Thursday, Feb. 23, after a fire swept through his trailer house at 24693 Cedar Mesa Road, Cedaredge, at about 11 p.m. The Delta County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased man as Robert Nicodemus, 89.
Trustees say that a complicated refinancing of an existing loan needed for $175,000 to pay a settlement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) will save money in the long run. However, payments will increase significantly in the near term because the proposed deal which carries a low rate also has a shorter payoff period.
The Cedaredge police log for January reports that department officers responded to 35 incidents and issued six citations during the month.
The Cedaredge trustees have confirmed the appointment of two new members to the tree board. They are Kathleen Ray and Gloria Good.
Work was halted on the Jay Avenue bridge replacement last week after an equipment operator hit a main water line and a sewer line and both had to be repaired. Also, the long President's Day weekend was being used as a pause in construction activity to complete a set of final plans for the project, trustees were told.
The vintage has gone sour.
Complaints from Chamber of Commerce board members about Cedaredge town government's "vintage" branding label have led to the term being dropped as a community lifestyle and business marketing image.
With spring around the corner, Cedaredge FFA members would like to reflect on the busy activities that took place throughout the fall and winter seasons. The chapter has provided opportunities for students to attend shows, conventions and community service projects.
The Town of Cedaredge's sewer plant contractor was back on site during the past month for some additional warranty work. It was the second reported incident of significant operating problems at the plant which is still covered by the contractor's warranty, according to town staff.
Having your coffee bought by a buddy at the morning coffee klatch is a good deal.
But how about buying morning coffee for the whole town?
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge kicked off 2017 with the installation of officers who will serve for the next two years. Each was presented a rose bouquet.
A community room dining hall decorated and outfitted by Shelter Shoppe volunteers served as a heart felt "thank you" to hundreds of supporters who attended the 4th Crockpots for Critters fundraiser on Saturday.
A celebration of new funding awarded to the Food For Thought program took place Feb. 1 at the Cedaredge campus of Vision Charter Academy.
The program has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.
County middle school students on Friday, Feb. 3, had a chance to explore the many ways their own interests and talents could one day help provide them with a rewarding career.
A career fair held at Cedaredge Middle School brought some 60 local businesses and organizations together with 350 to 400 area middle schoolers for an exciting and entertaining exploration in learning.
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society's Pioneer Award for 2016 was presented to members of the Williams Family during the SCVHS annual meeting and banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday.
The Williams Family traces its roots in western Colorado to the mid 1880s. The first Williams Orchard was planted here in 1921.
This year's Ice Fishing Contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce brought a record 74 entrants to the wintry expanse of a frozen Island Lake on Grand Mesa last Saturday.
In the adult category the winners as provided courtesy of the chamber were:
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday was an opportunity for members to recognize and honor the contributions that so many volunteers make to the enterprise.
Retiring board president Richard Udd served as the emcee, giving recognition to the others who have contributed to the success and continued growth of the society's unique Pioneer Town Museum, events complex and its programs.
Cedaredge taxpayers have contributed another $12,000 toward keeping the golf course in business following action by the town board on Jan. 19.
In order to "keep the golf course from being short of cash at the end of 2016" said Town Administrator Katie Sickles, the trustees approved another infusion of funds into operations there.
Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church celebrates 120 years of spreading the gospel in the Surface Creek area in February. The public is invited to attend the festivities during a two-day celebration.
Work crews got a good start under clearing weather on the project to replace the one-lane Jay Avenue bridge at Cedaredge
The project's original cost estimate was $542,000.
The estimated cost of replacing the main water line running along South Grand Mesa Drive (Hwy. 65) is going up again even before a funding plan for the work is in place.
Town staff informed trustees at their Jan. 12 work session that the project is looking like a $1.2 million to $1.3 million project now.
Orchard City and Cedaredge have opted to participate in the state's Rural Jump Start economic stimulus program. But officials believe the pool of new businesses that will qualify for the tax incentives being offered is small.
Members of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club at their annual banquet meeting on Jan. 21 elected Bruce Pendleton and Doug McCully to the board of directors.
The newly elected directors replace retiring board members Ken Miller and Roger Hanson, a long-time club member whose father was an original founding club member.
The Cedaredge Town Board, acting on Jan. 19, gave conditional approval of a cafe, hotel and restaurant liquor license for Creekside Cafe.
Final approval of the license will await results of state background and fingerprint checks for the business owners.
A promised statement by the Chamber of Commerce on Cedaredge's "vintage" branding label project was not presented to the town board on Jan. 19. Instead, chamber board member Nick Streza made a general appeal for working more closely with the town.
Volunteers at the Shelter Shoppe are working hard on this year's Feb. 11 Crockpots for Critters fundraiser at the Civic Center and they are asking for a little bit of help from the community with improvements being made to this year's event.
• First of all, anyone who wishes to donate a favorite slow cooker recipe for the event is asked to please call Alvena at 856-4515 well ahead of the Feb. 11 event.
Cedaredge town trustees learned at their Jan. 19 business meeting that a section of town pavement "has been completely destroyed." The culprit causing the failure of a 70"x20' section of pavement on SW 3rd Avenue is ground water.
Town of Cedaredge officials are looking for an anonymous do-gooder who, they say, is making life more difficult for public works crews by freelance snow plowing town streets.
According to a report given last week to the town board, some unknown person has been "helping" public works by running a privately-owned snow plow over town streets.
The popular, twice monthly Bingo Nights hosted by Surface Creek Valley Lions Club will he held at a new location beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The new location is at Masonic Hall.
The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project is being redesigned and a tentative construction schedule will close the road from Old Goat Trail to Will O'Way for four months, according to town staff.
The Cedaredge Senior Hikers hike on Wednesdays; but, the group also has several members who go up to Grand Mesa for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on Mondays and Fridays.
The Cedaredge Town Board took up an item of business that it first considered last spring when on Jan. 12 the trustees held a public hearing on a liquor license request for Creekside Cafe.
Last spring, on the final day of the 2016 school term, the trustees adopted an ordinance decreasing the distance from a school that alcohol may be sold. The distance was reduced from 600 feet to 60 feet.
The Town of Cedaredge is still working on financing a way for paying $175,000 to Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) in a court-mediated settlement agreement
The payment was to have been made by the end of 2016, according to documents.
The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered at RJ's Restaurant in Cedaredge on Dec. 16 for a Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. The staff had set up a beautiful table for the luncheon and provided another table for gifts.
The idea of Orchard City turning to marijuana as a town government tax source first came up at the end of a budget work session last September. Mayor Ken Volgamore took a straw poll of trustees on the marijuana-as-revenue issue. No decisions were made at that time.
An open community discussion may begin soon as some Chamber of Commerce board members think town hall's chosen marketing identity label for Cedaredge -- Vintage -- is the wrong one for promoting business and commerce.
The Vintage label emerged from a "Branding Summit" held last summer.
Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.
Directors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce held their first board meeting of the year on Jan. 3.
Newly elected to serve on the board were Nancy Snowdon, psychologist, to serve a one-year term;
The Cedaredge Town Board, acting on Dec. 8 and on recommendation of the Chief of Police, added language to its code of ordinances that outlaws urinating in open places of the town and that defines the length of the blades on "carry knives."
The town trustees took the action during their regular December business meeting.
The annual community Christmas dinner hosted at the Stolte Shed on Christmas Day combined holiday cheer and community spirit in an event that again surpassed organizers' expectations of success.
The event is coordinated and hosted by the Cedaredge Rotary Club with overwhelming support from a small army of local volunteers.
Beginning the first week in January, the Surface Creek Community Services food bank in Cedaredge will have its weekly distributions on Thursday and Friday.
The Monday distributions will not take place and will be replaced by a Friday distribution.
The Cedaredge Police Department's officers logged a total of 56 incidents and issued five citations between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, according to the monthly police log.
The caring, giving heart of the Surface Creek Valley community beat strongly last Saturday as dozens of volunteers gathered at the food bank in Cedaredge with over 260 Christmas dinner gift boxes to distribute.
The annual project by the volunteers of the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank adds some true holiday happiness to local families who receive the gift boxes.
One of the traditional holiday events for Surface Creek Valley is the Little Sprouts Community Preschool cookie walk that was held last Saturday at the Stolte Shed. The cookie walk is one of the two major fund raising events each year for the preschool.
The Cedaredge Town Board acting on Thursday, Dec. 8, adopted a 2017 budget totalling $5.11 million across all six of the town's individual budget funds.
However, expenses are projected to exceed revenues across the six funds by $151,934, meaning that five of the funds will have to draw from reserves to achieve budget balance in 2017.
Trail-walkers young and old came out for the StoryWalk® grand opening in Cedaredge on Saturday, Dec. 3. It was a brisk, sunny day, yet even the bite of cold in the air did not keep people from enjoying a nice walk and a great read.
The Chapel of the Cross music committee is doing its part to spread the holiday spirit in Surface Creek Valley.
The expanded holiday music program schedule this year continued last Sunday with two performances.
Make your holiday season even more special for our local dogs and cats.
Join the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, the Surface Creek Animal Shelter, and folks at Cedaredge Food Town in supporting the checkout stand donation drive throughout the month of December.
The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project was a topic of short discussion at a Dec. 1 Cedaredge work session when trustee Larry Smith asked for an update.
"What's going on with the Jay Avenue bridge," he asked Town Administrator Katie Sickles.
The Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Small Business Saturday drawing for "Cedaredge Bucks" to spend at local businesses.
The annual Parade of Lights, a valley-wide Christmas celebration staged along Cedaredge Main Street, attracted hundreds of onlookers Dec. 3.
Almost as if on cue, the town's Main Street filled with hundreds of people just before the start of the 6 p.m. event.
There will be an expanded schedule of holiday concerts this season at Chapel of the Cross in Pioneer Town.
The Chapel's traditional two-performance program on Parade of Lights Day is on tap again this year with a local favorite, The Kokopelli Bell Choir, scheduled for the two performances.
Everyone who is attending the Parade of Lights this year is invited to share in a 2nd annual celebration of cookies, caroling, and a community Christmas Tree lighting scheduled just prior to the parade.
A local resident with the holiday spirit in abundance and a heart for the community has organized and will host a "2nd Annual" Community Christmas Tree Lighting event just prior to the Parade of Lights.
Big holiday season events are in store this weekend.
The annual Parade of Lights will take place in Cedaredge on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
Local small businesses throughout the Surface Creek Valley threw open their doors to the holiday season on Small Business Saturday held on Nov. 26. It was part of a national promotion to recognize the importance of shopping your local merchants.
A brazen break-in and robbery took place at the Cedaredge Food Town store early Saturday morning, Nov. 26.
As a result, Cedaredge police are now investigating the break-in, robbery, a vehicle theft and also an arson that concluded the crime spree.
According to the CDP log, for Nov. 9, in addition to generally routine calls for agency assists, information inquiries and other non-emergency contacts, officers of the Cedaredge Police Department responded to the following incidents during October:
Nolan Davis's oath of office as a Cedaredge police officer recited on Nov. 17 was a family occasion.
Members of the Delta native's immediate family and in-laws were present at the Cedaredge Town Board meeting to witness the event.
According to a report to the Cedaredge trustees, the town will spend $39,756 in 2017 for the following memberships, in-kind contributions and cash contributions:
Membership to organizations include the following:
Local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce this week will be participating in a nationwide promotional event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Set for this coming Saturday, Nov. 26, the "Small Business Saturday" promotion is offering greatly expanded opportunities for retailers and their customers over the "shop local, shop small" promotions seen in the past.
Local governments in Surface Creek Valley have issued several proclamations recently noting contributions made to the community by organizations and individuals.
• Both Orchard City and Cedaredge adopted proclamations honoring HopeWest in observance of Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.
Imagine that you are walking with a child along a winding path that borders a swiftly flowing creek. Trees tower on both sides with branches spider-webbing through pale blue sky.
The annual End-Of-Season Fruit Sale conducted at Fritchman's Orchard last week raised $1,766 and change
Cedaredge Pharmacy has closed its location at Food Town and as of Monday, Nov. 14 is open at 215 West Main Street, one door east of Town Hall.
Co-owner John Breitnauer advises customers needing walk-up prescription service that the best entrance to the pharmacy is now through the west door of 4B's Brewery.
The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank is a vital and reliable resource serving the nutritional health needs of valley families year round.
The nearly 40 volunteers who staff and run the food bank located in Cedaredge are preparing for the arrival of the colder weather and for the upcoming holidays.
A variety of activities in Surface Creek Valley last week hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local community institutions, and by individuals emphasized the meaning of service to America symbolized by Veterans Day.
A combined assembly for high school and middle school students in Cedaredge provided a moving highlight to the valley's observances.
Following a Nov. 1 review with the town's attorney, Cedaredge's agreement to buy out Upper Surface Creek water users' (USC) interest in the town water utility is scheduled to be acted on by the town board on Nov. 17.
Trustees met in an executive session on the matter with attorney Stephen Harper at a Nov. 1 work session.
Twelve Cedaredge High School students are involved in a fundraising project to participate in an educational field trip to Costa Rica next year.
"We have 12 students participating," trip organizer Kevin Dunbar, a CHS instructor, told the DCI in an email.
The ImpressionZ artists co-op gallery in Cedaredge is observing a first successful year in business.
During its first year, the gallery has expanded the art offerings exhibited for display, it has become a magnet and a center of promotions for the local arts community, and it is planning new ventures in outreach, marketing, workshops and instructions.
The Surface Creek Community Services and Cedaredge Food Bank are already planning how to provide Christmas dinners for disadvantaged friends and neighbors in the community.
The valley has been blessed with a gracious community to assist with monetary funds to cover the expense of distributing over 215 boxes last year.
The Cedaredge trustees, acting on Oct. 20, approved an operations agreement with Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC). Among procedures in the agreement are ones dealing with how animals will be dealt with in various situations by the town animal control officer.
The Cedaredge Public Works Department has been dealing with some big headaches at the newly constructed sewer plant including the failure of drain valve assemblies which are key components in the plant's operations.
In a recent report to town trustees, the department detailed a defect in the multi-million dollar facility's construction that will be difficult to fix and that will cut the plant's treatment capacity in half until the defect is corrected.
An annual change of seasons always brings a change of feeling in the air, and the Surface Creek community is responding with a number of events and business promotions taking place as a lead-in to the holidays that are just around the corner.
An early childhood program that began with the popular Backpack Program has grown into preschool programs that prepare 3- and 4-year-olds for a lifetime of learning. The Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA) was first established at Garnet Mesa Elementary School in about 2003 and a couple of years later expanded to Lincoln Elementary School.
The Town of Cedaredge is hoping for grant money to help with needed work on a section of walking trail that Deer Creek Village Homeowners have offered to deed to the town.
The trustees approved a town grant application to GOCO for $28,000 of an estimated $40,000 "phase I" initiative to "improve, connect, and extend" the Surface Creek Trail.
An engineering firm wants $33,415 from the Town of Cedaredge which officials say is over and above any contract amount for work done on the long-stalled enhancement beautification project.
The town trustees at their regular Oct. 20 meeting solidified their position on the issue and will require better reasons for making additional payment besides just receiving a bill.
The Surface Creek Community Services, known to most people in the community as the Cedaredge Food Bank, is already planning how to provide Christmas dinners for the disadvantaged friends and neighbors in our community.
The food bank was blessed with a gracious community to assist with monetary funds to cover the expense of distributing over 215 boxes last year.
Money paid by Cedaredge residents for their water and sewer service is being used to keep the golf course open after the town enterprise ran out of operating cash.
At its regular Oct. 20 meeting, the town board adopted a measure transferring $8,000 cash from the water fund and an additional $8,000 cash from the sewer fund to the golf course fund because it ran out of money for operations at the end of its busiest summer season.
After 65 years of "life after high school," 19 classmates out of a graduating class of 28 attended a dinner at the Greystone and a picnic the next day at the Field of Dreams. Seven members of the Cedaredge High School Class of 1951 are deceased.
A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of their organization last week.
The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority joined other chapters nationally in noting ESA's over 80 years of charitable work and community contributions.
The Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Animal Shelter are making progress in fund raising efforts. And volunteers and members of the FCAC board say they appreciate and thank the community for its ongoing support.
The volunteers of the Cedaredge Methodist Women's Thrift Store added a dash of spice to the life of Surface Creek Valley as they staged their annual "thank you" fashion show and style review for friends and supporters on Saturday morning, Oct. 15, at the Methodist Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cedaredge Senior Hiking Group has been experiencing the western Colorado scenery and autumn weather in several locations recently.
The beautiful autumn weather has given the Senior Hiking Group the opportunity to enjoy the fall colors and crisp air.
The Surface Creek Senior Citizens searched for and found some of the best bakers of pies and other apple treats at the group's annual bakeoff and sale held during Saturday at AppleFest.
Winners were announced at noon on Saturday, and the enjoyment of local homebaked apple goodies continued from the 9 a.m. opening to the end of Saturday's big events.
The eighth annual AppleFest 5k saw 119 entries this year.
The AppleFest 5k is a totally homegrown event that benefits Boy Scout Troop 482.
The Cedaredge Town Board will meet this month to act on issues relating to town finances.
Included in the action items for that session are two loans that have been made to the golf course fund from other town funds.
With ideal autumn weather arriving right on cue, AppleFest 2016 racked up a two-day run that brought success to every event, to every enterprise and to everyone involved.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event brought lots of customers to local businesses.
The perfect weather on AppleFest Saturday was all the high-octane fuel that auto enthusiasts needed for driving 123 registered entries to the pleasant confines of the Pioneer Town Arboretum for this year's Pioneer Town Car Show.
Though the drizzle and chill of last Thursday's weather didn't match the nice weekend days of AppleFest 2016, Thursday evening's low, gray skies did provide the perfect environment to enjoy lots of homemade chili and support the community's volunteer firefighters.
Scott and Stacy Malmgren, the new owners of Munson's Main Street Gallery, are looking forward to an exciting weekend and plan to add to the AppleFest fun with special events of their own. On Saturday, former owner Tracy Munson will be working as a barista, preparing lattés, espressos and smoothies while the Malmgrens dish out ice cream (including handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made especially for AppleFest).
Well, the High Holy Days are upon us! But just what are the High Holy Days?
AppleFest weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be filled with fun, food, activity, fundraisers, music, and lots and lots of apples.
From the first alarm sounding the 5-Alarm Chili Cookoff at the fire house on Thursday, until the final chords from two days of music fade away into the leafy canopy of Town Park on Sunday afternoon, AppleFest 2016 promises something for everyone.
It's time to get your entry ready for the 15th annual 5-Alarm Chili Cookoff in Cedaredge.
The chili cookoff is a fundraiser for the Delta County Fire Protection District 3, serving the entire Surface Creek Valley, including the communities of Cedaredge, Eckert, Cory, Austin and Orchard City.
The Cedaredge Cemetery is observing its 110th year during September as the treasured institution serves its public, preserves the community's heritage, and protects a community trust in a way that no other institution can.
The administrations of town government and demographics of the community may change over time, but the mission of stewardship that directors of the Cedaredge Cemetery District undertake does not change.
Cedaredge town administration and board are trying to work through budget issues. A big projected general fund deficit has been trimmed, but more work needs done.
Cedaredge High School Homecoming 2016 got off to a high-spirited start on Monday beginning a week of activities designed to build participation and excitement into the big Homecoming weekend.
Student dress-up theme began with an American Monday and patriotic costume the day's fashion statement of choice.
Dealing with calls that involve mental health problems, a short-handed Cedaredge Police Department finds its resources being stretched, Police Chief Dan Sanders told the Cedaredge Town Board on Sept. 15.
"We [law enforcement] are mental health for Delta County," Sanders said as he detailed extensive time and manpower that is required to deal with calls involving mental health problems.
The Cedaredge Town Board is having discussions about the use of off-highway vehicles on town streets.
During the trustees' September meeting last week, the topic brought out many complex issues and lots of uncertainty surrounding the issue.
A new bishopric has been called to serve in the Cedaredge Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Craig Signs was newly sustained as the bishop.
A parade of exotic, high priced sports and touring cars in Cedaredge last week attracted a crowd of curious onlookers numbering upwards of 200.
The event was a pit stop on the 28th annual Colorado Grand auto tour that has in the past gone by the town on Highway 65.
All Saints Lutheran Church in Austin has been working to improve our community through the annual, "God's work. Our hands." project.
This project is an opportunity for all Evangelical Lutheran Church of America churches to dedicate one day or a month to serve our communities in ways that share the love of God with all people.
Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
City department wish lists for capital spending along with expected income declines in some areas have created a Cedaredge draft budget for 2017 that is "way upside down" in the general fund, noted Town Administrator Katie Sickles during a budget work session last week.
Trustees and town staff met in the Sept. 8 session to establish priorities for spending requests in the general fund and other budget funds.
The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus entertained and inspired music fans on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a celebration of musical Americana at the 10th annual Pops in the Park concert at Cedaredge Town Park.
Centennial Bandstand once again served as the perfect musical venue, and the park's lush, late summer green added the comfortable setting for listeners.
There were just over 54 graduates in the Cedaredge High School Class of 1966, according to one classmate who attended the 50th class reunion held last weekend.
Over 20 of those graduating 1966 class members attended the class reunion at Lions Pavilion on Friday evening, Sept. 9.
Cedaredge Community Methodist Church, 210 NW 3rd Street, hosts "Overtime" every Friday during football season. The doors to the fellowship hall are open from 7 to 11 p.m.
The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge is beginning AWANA on Wednesday, Sept. 14, for kids between the ages of 4-13. It will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.
Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
Some 800 homeowners who live in the Cedaredge Fire Protection District's urban/wildland interface area can now access an individual web page with wildfire risk information about their own properties, organizers of a new program say.
The program is intended to provide information on how to deal with issues of wildland fire before they occur.
Following an absence of too many years from the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce roster of regular activities, the monthly Business After Hours has been revived.
The networking events will be held on the first Thursday of each month when a sponsoring local business is willing to serve as host at its location, chamber officials say.
Howard and Lorraine Dean of Cedaredge celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29. They were married in Rifle in 1938.
Schools in the Surface Creek Valley have all begun the 2016-17 school year on a high note with motivated staffs and energetic students looking forward to a year of learning and achievement.
Cedaredge High School principal Randy Brown said, "We are off to a great start." Brown added that enrollment has increased about 10 students.
Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
Welcome back to school! Cedaredge FFA chapter has been busy over the summer.
Cedaredge photographer Sandy Wilt has had one of her works chosen by popular vote to appear in the 2017 Bank of Colorado calendar.
Many people in Cedaredge know Wilt and have seen her at work during local events using her professional camera and lens equipment to capture high quality images of local people and places.
The annual Cedaredge Party in the Park was enjoyed by an estimated 200 or more people on Saturday.
Balmy August weather set the scene this year for the community event that has a legitimate claim to title of "the valley's biggest community potluck event of the year."
Lynn Miller of Cedaredge has decided to take a different path in life than others who might think their years of contributing to community are past.
Reaching a milestone in life that would signal others to take to their rocking chairs, Lynn decided instead at age 80 to take up watercolor painting.
The 2016 Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series ended on a high note Sunday.
The first ever "Open Mic Night" scheduled by the Chapel Music Committee brought out 10 performers who took their turns at the mic to provide a full evening of music and fun.
For our July meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge went traveling to Montrose for a tour of the Botanic Gardens. And what a treat it was!
A proposal for directly subsidizing the Cedaredge Golf Course with as much as $145,380 from taxpayers and from sewer and water ratepayers is under consideration by the town board as it begins its budget talks.
Under the proposal, trustees would transfer $15,000 in cash from both the sewer and water funds to the golf course.
The annual bill for electricity at the new Cedaredge sewer treatment plant will be "super expensive," the public works department reported at an Aug. 18 budget work session.
Costs for electricity are expected to be $42,000 next year based on costs so far this year.
The mayor and town trustees zeroed in on street maintenance as a priority for allocating available 2017 budget funds during a work session on Aug. 18.
Mayor Gene Welch said that the poor condition of town streets is the source of many complaints he gets. "You have to let people in town know you are working on this issue," Welch said.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, a luncheon held at RJ's Steakhouse on Aug. 17, attracted 34 members for a social occasion and networking session.
Welcoming remarks were given by chamber vice-president Phyllis Hoffman of Western Slope Long Term Care Solutions.
Directors of the member-owned Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) last week asked the Delta County Independent to attend an Aug. 8 board meeting and sit in on a discussion of the association's position in the water utility ownership mediation with the Town of Cedaredge.
The owners of a new pizza restaurant on Cedaredge's Main Street decided that last Friday would be a good time for a little celebration for customers and friends, and so they had a celebration.
Ray and Annie Batalla, owners of Annie's Pizzeria open since June 1, arranged for horse-drawn carriage rides and music by a Christian group as their friends and customers enjoyed pizza and ice cream on a pleasant summer evening.
Keith Loucks, Delta County resident, recently published a novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," which discusses physical and spiritual survival in a society brought to Third World conditions by electromagnetic pulse. Anything connected to the electric grid was rendered useless.
A number of special events in Surface Creek Valley will close out the final two weeks of August and usher in the annual late summer and autumn months of grand western Colorado weather.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. another in the summer series of Cruise Nights is being hosted by members of the Lugnuts Car Club of Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge trustees will hold their annual budget work session on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the public is being invited to attend all or any portion or event.
Moving through their day-long agenda, trustees will hear from town staff on various categories of budget expenses and on particular line item expenditures that department heads will want included in their spending plans for 2017.
If you would like to learn more about God, or have questions about the Bible and the Catholic Church, you're invited to St. Philip Benizi. The Rite of Christian Initiations for Adults is the process where unbaptized adults, and those baptized in other Christian denominations, may learn about the Catholic faith and way of life.
"Sacred Bites," a Bible study at 4B's brewery, takes place weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Each participant orders and pays for their own meal.
Returning after 17 years as a International Mission Board missionary, Dennis Scroggins, who was born in Grand Junction, will take up residency in Cedaredge as the new pastor of Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church.
Dennis Scroggins' father, Eddie Scroggins, was a highly respected pastor from Grand Junction. His mother still resides in Grand Junction.
It took four years, but Tracy Munson sold her gallery on Main Street and in the process discovered a new career.
Munson's Main Street Gallery and Em-pour-ium was purchased by Stacy and Scott Malmgren of Castle Rock in late May.
Annie's Pizzeria may not make owner Ray Batalla-Santiago and his family a lot of money, but it's sure to make them a lot of friends, and in Ray's mind that's far more important than a fat bank account.
Ray is a big-hearted guy who doesn't like to see anyone go hungry.
NOTE: During the Cedaredge trustees' July 21 meeting, Mayor Gene Welch encouraged the other board members to read a Cedaredge Police Department report on an important, difficult and successful law enforcement operation that the local department played a key role in. The DCI reported on major events referenced in the account beginning in 2014.
"Sacred Bites," a Bible study at 4B's Brewery, takes place weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Each participant orders and pays for their own meal.
Greg and Kristi Stratman with RE/MAX Mountain West are among the 2,691 RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2016 REAL Trends "America's Best Real Estate Agents" survey. The agents included in the survey represent less than 1 percent of all real estate professionals in the United States.
The Aug. 11 work session of the Cedaredge Board of Trustees has been canceled
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society hosted its annual Ice Cream Social at the Stolte Shed last Saturday. The event honored the vision and contributions of founders Herb and Retta Carson, former residents of the town.
Meeting on July 21, the Cedaredge Town Board voted to inform the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) that the town will not pursue further litigation in its water utility ownership dispute with the private domestic water provider.
In addition, the town board stated that a decision will be made on Dec. 12 regarding which of two mediation options it will choose.
A group of friends that has worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations is banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.
"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," is finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon at the CHS athletic track on July 30 beginning at 9 a.m.
The 31st annual Serenity Run is scheduled to roll into Cedaredge July 28 through 31, a change from the event's past first-weekend-of-August venue.
Headquarters for the event, according to the International Serenity Run's website, will be the Big Spruce Campground, 24862 Ute Trail Road north of Cedaredge.
The overall financial picture for Cedaredge was "stable" in 2015, the town's auditor reported on June 14. But revenues were below budget estimates in the general fund while at the same time expected spending declined to match, and losses continued to mount in the golf course fund, according to an audit report.
A group of friends who have worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations are banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.
"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," are finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon event at the CHS athletic track on July 30 beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a hometown effort to help raise funds for the family of cancer sufferer Mark Anderson.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club, from Cedaredge, is once again hosting Island In The Sky, a competitive trail ride on the Grand Mesa. This year's event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7 on the Lands End side of the Grand Mesa.
The Cedaredge Town Board held a special meeting on July 14 in order to call an executive session for discussion of settlement terms in a water treatment plant ownership dispute.
According to Town Administrator Katie Sickles addressing trustees at the beginning of the special meeting, mediation between the town and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) have resulted in two options for the town:
Officials with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, friends and local businesses have welcomed new members to the chamber in ribbon-cutting held in the past week.
Chamber members and other Main Street business owners attended a cutting for Annie's Pizza, 280 Main Street.
The Chapel of the Cross summer concert series is providing music lovers with some of the best and unique entertainment ever, organizers say. The two performances last week are perfect examples of the kind of entertainment audiences have enjoyed this summer.
The Cedaredge Town Board, at its July 14 work session, is set to review a proposal to allocate by resolution an extra $175,000 for the town's water fund for 2016.
According to the proposed resolution, the extra $175,000 appropriated for the water fund would come from "loans, transfers, or water revenue bonds to be in place by Dec. 31."
Two Cedaredge businesswomen were invited recently to give a presentation of their professional knowledge at the Senior Law Day seminar in Grand Junction.
Phyllis Hoffman and Scharee Atchison were among those who addressed the assemblage that totalled an estimated 400 people during the full day of seminars on various topics. Their topic addressed "myths and facts" about long-term care issues, Atchison told the DCI.
The first of Pioneer Town's summer series for kids, Parties on the Porch, took place with a good turnout on June 28 to hear Rhoda Ziegler give a reading from "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The weekly parties (also being called "Tuesdays on the Porch") are planned to take place weekly through most of the summer, beginning with the readings from Wilder's book.
Following several federal budget cycles with funding cuts, hopes are that the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway can now rebuild itself into a contributing link in local economic development efforts.
Just a few years ago, the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway consisted of a group of individuals dedicated to the area's greatest tourist and recreation asset -- Grand Mesa.
The rock church on the corner received a new pastor on July 1. Pastor Joe Agne, who has served churches in Illinois, New York and Colorado, preached his first sermon at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church on July 3. His sermon was "Longing to Belong."
Brother and sister Ryan and Rachel Latta of Cedaredge are building on the learning experience they began in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Cedaredge High School. They have both taken on the responsibility of serving as officers in the state Future Farmers of America organization.
For its June meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge met at the home of Joan Chambers. She presented a program on groundcover and then conducted a tour of her garden to demonstrate the many ways in which she utilizes it herself.
Cedaredge's first annual parade and community event honoring military services, veterans and first responders took place last Saturday on Main Street and in Cedaredge Town Park.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club and the Church on the Rock were primary sponsors of the event.
The annual Night on the Town last Saturday was a big event for the community as volunteers of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society opened the doors to the Pioneer Town complex for everyone to enjoy.
There were some new activities and attractions for SCVHS guests this year as event coordinator Doris McGuire added kids' games and food offerings.
Middle schoolers who are part of the Cedaredge Library's teen summer reading program enjoyed some rousing physical activity to go along with their book reading activities last Friday.
Mary Bauer, teen librarian, arranged for the kids to play "human foosball," a promotional activity originated locally by Mike Lawhead, an employee of the Montrose Home Depot store.
A summer series of Parties on the Porch is being presented for kids of all ages. The first debuted June 28, and continues on Tuesdays in July on the front porch of Pioneer Town's Visitor Center.
Two Democratic state elected officials met with partisan supporters at the Stolte Shed on June 25.
Kerry Donovan, State Senate District 5 incumbent, and Millie Hamner, State House District 61 incumbent, met with Democratic Party supporters during a session that began at 9 a.m.
A man who is most likely Cedaredge's number one Dixieland music fan, Don Clayton, gave a great review of the 101st Army Dixieland Band performance in Town Park on June 21.
"These folks are terrific," he said following their performance. "It's the best Dixieland music I've heard since the last time I was in New Orleans."
"Night on the Town" hosted by Surface Creek Valley Historical Society volunteers and friends is an event intended for families. The feeling of the event was like a big family picnic as everyone strolled, looked around, visited and enjoyed the activities as the evening progressed.
The Surface Creek Valley's many music lovers got a special treat on June 21 when two ensembles of the 101st Army Band gave a two-hour-long performance in Town Park.
The eight-member 101st Army Dixieland Band and the seven-member 101st Army Rock Band gave a rousing concert that skirted high winds and rain squalls which ultimately did not disrupt the entertainment.
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society and its volunteers invite the entire community to one of the grandest social events of the season on Saturday, June 25. The Night on the Town is set for this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The public had an opportunity on June 16 to make its thoughts known on Cedaredge's move to allow alcohol sales across the street from Cedaredge Elementary School. The previous distance limit was 500 feet.
In the end, the public was informed; it participated in a decision that affects the community; and people spoke their minds to elected representatives in town government.
A Cedaredge waterline project that started as the replacement of a residential cul-de-sac line, estimated at $65,000 last year, has expanded to a major project including the main line along South Grand Mesa Drive (SH 65), estimated to cost $961,604.
The town board received updated information from town staff at its regular June 16 meeting.
The Cedaredge Town Board appointed a new town clerk at its June 16 regular meeting.
William Warner was administered his oath of office during the meeting and will assume duties on June 27.
The Delta County Horse Council will be holding a Gymkhana Buckle Series at the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena in Cedaredge.
The gymkhanas will be held the Thursday evenings of June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21.
A summer series of Parties on the Porch is being presented for kids of all ages, beginning June 28 at Pioneer Town's Visitor Center on the front porch.
The first Party on the Porch is at 1 p.m., featuring a half-hour reading from Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie."
The Town of Cedaredge held an official dedication of its new $4.9 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTF) on June 16.
Some 60 citizens and government officials accepted the town's invitation to attend the ribbon cutting and dedication.
Cedaredge Library staff members refuse to do anything half-heartedly; in fact, they tend to enthusiastically take any challenge to the next level. If they are encouraged to dress up to celebrate a special fitness week at the library, they end up making synchronized fitness videos in full costume.
Classes in blacksmithing will begin on Monday, June 20, at the Pioneer Town Blacksmith Shop in Cedaredge.
Classes will be conducted by Pioneer Town's in-house blacksmith Paul Michaels, assisted by apprentice Ella Kelly. The classes are restricted to participation by women only.
The Delta County School District Board of Education has officially opposed the Town of Cedaredge allowing alcohol sales 60 feet from Cedaredge Elementary School.
The annual Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit and Sale concluded its largest event ever last weekend with 88 artists displaying at least 263 individual works of art, organizers told the DCI.
The show, hosted by the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, marked its 44th consecutive successful year. Artists were awarded cash and gift certificates from 18 local sponsors.
Since last summer, the Orchard City trustees have been negotiating with the Colorado Water Conservation Board over new floodplain regulations that affect the town.
The CWCB provided an ordinance that it said the town was obliged to adopt, or else Orchard City residents would not be able to buy flood insurance and would be cut off from FEMA assistance in the event of a disaster.
The Cedaredge Town Board is scheduled to take a second look at the alcohol near school ordinance (2016-04) it adopted on May 19.
Strong public interest along with opposition to Ordinance 2016-04 since the DCI first reported it on May 25 have given trustees second thoughts. The town board will consider a measure to rescind the ordinance at its meeting, Thursday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m.
The 101st Army rock band and Dixieland jazz band will be at the Cedaredge Town Park Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The full concert band will also be performing free concerts for other towns around Colorado this June. The band will also perform at the Montrose Pavilion Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, June 23, in Centennial Plaza (433 S. First Street) in downtown Montrose at 6 p.m.
A feral cat found on Hanson Road near Cedaredge tested positive for plague over the Memorial Day weekend. This is the first plague activity detected in Delta County this season.
People in Cedaredge accused by a neighbor of code violations would not have to face their accuser in municipal court under a concept called "complaint plus."
The procedure was discussed by the Cedaredge Town board during its regular meeting on May 19.
President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Academy 2016 graduate Michael Barnosky at the USAFA commencement ceremony on June 2. Michael, a Delta County resident, graduated from Cedaredge High School in 2012 where he was a high school All-American swimmer.
Roy Martin and David Starr opened the Chapel of the Cross 2016 concert season on June 2 with an hour-long performance of 14 songs.
The pair, who together have entertained local audiences for years, enlivened their concert with lots of good-natured banter and kidding around as they sang and played their amplified acoustic guitars, performing original songs and some popular covers.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge enjoyed the activity of planting large pots in the courtyard at Horizons Care Center for its May meeting.
Members of our club met at Mile High Greenhouse first and purchased flowers.
The public is invited to tour the Cedaredge wastewater treatment plant and to celebrate its completion on Wednesday, June 15, at 2 p.m.
Join in the dedication of the plant building.
Cedaredge's third spring street festival, Celebrate Cedaredge, featured this year another round of presentations for local buildings that have been included in the town's historic register.
Brass plaques were presented for the owners of three buildings to display on the outsides of their structures and which indicate they have been included in the town's historic register and Heritage Trail historic walking tour.
A new, full-color brochure detailing the Cedaredge Heritage Trail historic walking tour has been published and is available from the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society at the Pioneer Town visitors' center, and at the Surface Creek Chamber of Commerce office.
The Town of Cedaredge's annual spring street fair, Celebrate Cedaredge, will take place on June 4 with events focused around the town's West Main Street area.
There is also an outdoor music festival scheduled the same day at Aspen Trails Campground.
Join the 101st Army Dixieland Band and the 101st Army Rock Band in Cedaredge at the Town Park Bandstand on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. for a fun outdoor concert! Free admission and no tickets required.
Anytime is a good time to celebrate when the 101st Army Dixieland Band is in town!
For their April meeting, the members and guests of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge visited the City of Delta parks shop and visited with parks supervisor Tony Bohling and his two co-workers, Veronica and Cindy. Tony showed two beautiful videos of the various city flower beds and pots along Main Street and the spectacular center medians along Highway 65 throughout the previous years.
With many young rodeoers in the state choosing to compete in high school rodeo finals events this weekend, the 58th Annual Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo drew a good response of 32 contestants from Colorado and neighboring states to compete in four rodeos over the Memorial Day weekend.
Though actual numbers of the many visitors who attended Pioneer Town's opening on May 28 weren't available from event organizers, one of them told the DCI that "a record number" of visitors passed through the Visitor Center for the day.
Volunteers of the Surface Creek Valley Historical society organized over 20 special demonstrations and activities for their opening-day guests last weekend.
Cedaredge resident John Mitchell has drawn upon his experience as a hospital administrator to write a novel titled "Medical Necessity," with the subhead, "Sometimes the Worst Complication is Standing Right in Front of You."
Mitchell worked at Delta County Memorial Hospital during a career that took him from Washington state to the Front Range of Colorado.
On a rare split vote, 5-2 with trustees Dayton Myers and Patti Michael dissenting, the Cedaredge Town Board on May 19 adopted an ordinance that allows sales of alcohol to take place within 60 feet of schools. The previous limit was 500 feet.
This Saturday is the biggest community event of the year for the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society as it celebrates the season opening of Pioneer Town -- Heritage Day.
This year the Byways Welcome Center will be joining Pioneer Town's two community events venues -- Chapel of the Cross and The Stolte Shed -- as a focus of community activity and events held regularly through the summer months.
Author Matts Djos of Cedar Mesa has written a novel that explores themes and events which members of the his own Great Depression era generation will find familiar. He will host a book signing and offer readings from his book at The AppleShed May 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bill and Kim Vezzoso, owners for the past three years of Aspen Trails Campground, along with their son, Jayson, a music promoter, are ready to launch a new music enterprise. They will initiate the Mesa Summer Music Series at Aspen Trails on June 4.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club held a reception for the Cedaredge Police Department last Thursday in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
The department is comprised of Chief Dan Sanders, Sgt. Roy Spiker, and duty officers Jake Hernandez, Monty McDermith, Carlos Lovera and Chris Curtis.
The official season opening of the valley's community gathering place, events center, and tourism and economic development showcase -- Pioneer Town -- is coming this Saturday with main events taking place throughout the 25-building complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day's activities will get off right with a VFW pancake breakfast in the Stolte Shed beginning at 7 a.m.
Cedaredge town officials report there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new sewer plant on June 16 at 2 p.m.
Town Hall, 856-3123, is the contact for further information.
It's time to get registered for the second annual Apple Blossom Bike Ride and Tour in Cedaredge. The ride is Saturday, June 4, in conjunction with Celebrate Cedaredge Days, so cyclists still have time to get in riding shape for any of the three distances.
Jheri Stelzer of Cedaredge received a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders
Ten new artists are being introduced to the community during a show that will run through June 25 at the AppleShed
A reception for the artists was hosted last Saturday as the public was invited in for refreshments and to meet the artists and discuss their works.
Surface Creek Family Practice is one of 445 practices across the nation participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.
CPC is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care.
Fifty-three graduating seniors at Cedaredge High School received their diplomas at commencement exercises at the school on Sunday, May 15.
Principal Randy Brown, in remarks to the assembled students, faculty and guests, noted that the Class of 2016 was one of high academic achievement.
The Surface Creek Valley's avocational gardeners put lots of thought and energy into their passions for growing things.
There is one of those gardens in particular that passersby in Cedaredge may have noticed.
Kayla Brown has volunteered to be the first ambassador for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. The new 2016 ambassador guidelines include visiting businesses to find out what the chamber can do to help, helping organize and participating in new business ribbon cuttings, and helping arrange Chamber After Hours events.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee is pleased to announce that Mckenzie Moore is this year's recipient of the County Sheriff's of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award for Delta County.
CSOC, Colorado's state sheriff's association, offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each to deserving high school and college students, helping to provide funding for higher-level educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic years.
Welcome to Deep Sea Discovery! Get ready for a life-changing adventure taking place right here at Cedaredge Community Methodist Church May 30-June 3.
It makes no difference where a person lives if they know how to live well. And for those who know how to live well it is a gift to share.
Art can't thrive in isolation -- it needs a community of artists and a community for expression.
A new artists' cooperative gallery in Cedaredge is providing both types of community connection for local artists who have a new venue for display and sale of their work.
A group of 22 interested town residents and officials accepted the invitation for a guided tour of Cedaredge's new sewage treatment plant last week.
The plant, built by Moltz Construction of Salida, has recently gone fully online, taking the town's sewage, treating it to current health and environmental standards, and discharging the resulting effluent flow into Surface Creek.
Lisa Martinez is the new office staff/director for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Her first day on the job was Monday, April 25.
The area is getting ready for a spring season that will bring many activities for residents and visitors to participate in.
Starting off the spring season this week is the annual Pioneer Town Clean Up Days.
The Pioneer Town arboretum is getting a high tech upgrade that will make it an even more useful resource for area landscapers and homeowners, as well as for curious arbor adorers.
Bringing accumulated knowledge from careers devoted to trees, volunteers Nick Greear and Ron Romatzke have identified, researched, cataloged, labeled and mapped all of the trees in the Charlie Baker Memorial Arboretum at Pioneer Town, as well as the other trees currently growing at the Pioneer Town complex.
Cedaredge's traditional mid-summer parade will be a tribute to local heroes, and Town Park events are being planned as stand-alone events taking place on Saturday, July 2.
Organizers are asking for entries in the parade to contact the Chamber of Commerce, 856-6961, as early as possible.
According to a report provided to the town board on the annual free income tax preparation project for seniors, adjusted gross incomes of those using the service ranged from over $110,000 to less than zero dollars. The average adjusted gross income of the free service's clients was $24,000.
Volunteers have been busy at Pioneer Town this week helping with the annual Clean Up Days in preparation of the May 28 season opening of one of the valley's premier tourist attractions and economic development enterprises.
You don't have to be a tourist to visit and enjoy what Pioneer Town has to offer. Pioneer Town offers a lot for local residents who may want to just stop in during the season for a chat with friendly volunteers or to browse and shop the expanding gift shop.
Neither cold, rain nor snow prevented the Cedaredge Tree Board from hosting the town's annual Arbor Day event. Weather did postpone it until a day later to last Wednesday, when the morning conditions were just about ideal.
The Cedaredge Town Board made a number of official appointments during its April 21 meeting; but trustees' nomination and voting for one appointment, that of Town Clerk Patricia Luna, was conspicuously missing.
Though Luna's name and position were included with nine other appointments on the agenda and her appointment was indicated as an "action item," no motion to nominate her for the post was made by any trustee, and the appointment of town clerk was left unfilled.
A letter drafting proposals for operation of Cedaredge's golf course restaurant calls for more public spending, support, and a "partnership" arrangement for the town's restaurant business going forward.
A prospective husband-and-wife management team from Colorado Springs with some 20 years in the restaurant business has expressed interest in a lease-management deal with the town to operate the restaurant for three years.
Thanks to the generosity of 151 Delta County residents, and a few from Montrose County, All Saints Lutheran Church's benefit spaghetti dinner raised $1,464 for the Cedaredge VFW. This was the eighth annual benefit spaghetti dinner where each year 100 percent of the proceeds go to a selected organization in Delta County.
A new Cedaredge mayor and three new town trustees recited their oaths of office and began work on a long evening's business agenda during the town board's regular April 21 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Pat Means was honored with a testimonial from her successor, Gene Welch, and with a plaque honoring her service to the town.
During its April 21 meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board accepted the Cedaredge High School/Elementary School onto the town's register of historic buildings.
The proposal to do so was submitted by the town's Historic Preservation Committee.
The Cedaredge Tree Board is partnering with the fifth grade students from Cedaredge Elementary School to plant two trees at the east side of the skate park in High Country Park on Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. Included in the celebration will be the reading of the proclamation by newly elected mayor Gene Welch.
The Town of Cedaredge has received a confirmation from the state grant-making agency DOLA of a cash award for helping to pay for replacement of the Jay Avenue bridge, it has been announced.
The one-lane bridge has been at the top of the town's to-do list of projects for many years.
The people of the Surface Creek Valley can thank a number of individuals and organizations each time they experience Cedaredge's public library as a hub of social and community life.
First, they can thank the taxpayers who provide almost all of the funding that makes the library possible.
Lindy Palmer of Eckert is the featured artist of the month for April at the Grand Mesa ImpressionZ artists' co-op gallery.
The gallery opened last December and is making sales for the approximately 25 local artists who are contributing members.
The senior members of a community are keepers of so much knowledge and experience about life and all that pertains to it that taking one day to honor them would seem like a reasonable service.
On April 13, 17 members of the Surface Creek Valley community who are 90 years old and older were guests of honor with their family members at a banquet hosted by the Surface Creek Senior Citizens.
The Cedaredge High School Marching Band and Choir have set the evening of Tuesday, May 24, as a special "Thank You" concert for the local community, the DCI has learned.
The group has reached its fundraising goal to pay for its honors trip to Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend.
In an extremely close race for Cedaredge mayor in the April 5 municipal elections, former two-term trustee Gene Welch outpaced term-limited trustee Ray Hanson by a slim margin of 18 votes out of 530 cast to win a four-year term as mayor.
Welch got 274 votes or 51.7 percent to Hanson's 256 votes or 48.3 percent, according to unofficial results from the county elections department.
Upcoming promotional events were on the agenda for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its April 6 monthly meeting.
Included in the discussion was an after-Memorial Day date for the community street fair, Celebrate Cedaredge, and a presentation on a possible stop in town by the Colorado Grand auto tour.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is inviting members to its newest member outreach program, the Morning Buzz. In an effort to be accessible to its members and provide a convenient way for members to ask questions, the co-op will hold morning coffee meetings at local coffee shops throughout the service territory.
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with the National FFA Foundation, is excited to announce that six Colorado FFA chapters have been selected to receive grant funding as a part of the "Grants for Growing" program. The Cedaredge FFA chapter is one of the six recipients.
Businessman Bob Michael, who has served on the town planning commission as both a member and as chair, won his first four-year term on the Cedaredge Town Board in the April 5 election.
Cedaredge trustee Dayton Myers has won a second four-year term.
At the North American Trail Riders Conference, NATRC, Regional Convention held recently in Cripple Creek, four members of the Ladies Saddle Club took home regional awards.
The year-end awards comprise seven different multiple day trail riding events from April through October of 2015.
Area animal shelters including the Surface Creek Shelter at Cedaredge participated in the rescue rehabilitation of mistreated dogs over recent weeks.
On Friday, March 25, around 1 p.m., CAWS Adoption Center manager Sirena Ward got an emergency call from the county sheriff's department.
A total of 430 entries are on display for the annual Western Slope High School Art Show. The show and sale is open at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge through April 26. The gallery is open 9-5 daily.
Parents, grandparents and community members were treated to a rambunctious display of high energy, physical fitness, coordination and applied learning skills at Cedaredge Elementary School's Music and PE Showcase last week.
The gym at Cedaredge High School was jumping and jiving and rocking and rolling for an hour and a half on Thursday, March 31.
The ballots have been tallied, and the following are the results of the voting in each of the county's municipalities, according to the Delta County Clerks Office:
Hotchkiss voters turned down ballot measures that would have authorized retail or medical marijuana facilities in the community. The medical marijuana measure was rejected with 156 against and 133 in favor; the retail marijuana measure was defeated with 161 against and 129 in favor. A third measure, adding a 2 percent sales tax to marijuana sales, was a moot issue since neither measure authorizing sales was passed.
Downtown Cedaredge has gotten its first 24/7 electronic eye on Main Street.
The device was recently installed and set in working order, according to a report from the public works department.
A needed sidewalk repair that will add to pedestrian safety is being planned by the public works department, according to a report presented at the March 17 meeting of the Cedaredge town board.
The steel tread plate that spans a paved walkway in the 100 block of South Grand Mesa Drive will get a work over.
The Cedaredge town trustees have taken steps to enter the restaurant business, albeit hopefully in a limited way. The new town enterprise is serving the food and beverage needs of those using the Cedaredge Golf Course.
The Plant & Dig Club of Cedaredge held its meeting on March 18. Only one of our 16 members was unable to attend. We are growing and that is a very good thing.
The Town of Cedaredge is soliciting bids for work regrading the Civic Center parking lot, according to a recent report.
Drainage from the lot has been a headache for some property owners whose buildings are on the lot's downhill south side.
Cedaredge town employees are getting some cash kudos for working to stay fit.
The town's insurance carrier has cited employees for their participation in a worksite wellness program.
It took only a very few short moments for the community's little lambs to seek out the pounds of chocolate and other candied treats that had been placed by friendly Lions of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club for them to find and enjoy as an Easter treat.
The pre-Easter candy rush for community kids aged four to 10 has been a tradition hosted by club members for at least 30 years, according to one club member's estimate.
Serving a community means serving the people who make up that community.
No organization does that better in this valley than members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club.
At just the right moment, Cedaredge High School theater students are providing some real comic relief from an all-too-serious presidential election season.
In their funny and fast-paced spring production, "The Election," the CHS thespians have created a send-up of twisted motives, public posturing, backroom politics and outright foolishness in a battle of two egos conniving to win a presidential election.
The Surface Creek Historical Society and Pioneer Town volunteers hosted their annual Soup Supper fundraiser at the Stolte Shed on March 13.
The Sunday brunch was the perfect event on a spring-like day for an after-church meal, and lots of people turned out for it.
There will be a low-cost dog vaccination clinic in Cedaredge on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cedaredge Town Park Pavilion.
Bring your dogs by for $10 rabies shot and $10 DHPP shot.
Eighteen cross-country skiers and snowshoers from the Cedaredge Senior Hikers group came out for the annual end-of-the-snow-season trek down to Ward Creek Reservoir from the trailhead near Thunder Mountain Cabins.
It was a gorgeous spring day and the warm conditions saw the group shedding sweaters, hats and gloves as they moved down the mountain.
A unique fundraiser that will touch the lives of many people took place last Saturday in Cedaredge and also provided a fun spring shopping experience.
It was called the "Every Girl Deserves a Beautiful Gown" and it was held at the AppleShed.
On March 6, Cedaredge Police Department asked for an agency assist after a physical altercation between Officer Roy Spiker and Kent Church, 45, of Cedaredge. Church fled the scene but on March 10 was spotted parked on a back road near Aspen Trails Campground.
Members of the Delta County Tourism Cabinet got an orientation of tourist sites in Surface Creek Valley last week.
The orientation got running behind schedule and wasn't able to visit three of the area's top tourist attractions that were on the original itinerary: Aspen Trails Campground, Pioneer Town and the AppleShed.
Police last week were conducting a search in the south Grand Mesa area for a wanted suspect.
Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders said that officers were looking for a felony suspect who had been reported in the area.
According to Surface Creek Valley Lions Club member Bill Miller, a patriotic parade is being planned for July 2 in Cedaredge and participants are being asked to sign up for the event.
"Several organizations in the Cedaredge area have started planning for a parade to honor our veterans, active military, law enforcement and other first responders on July 2.
The Cedaredge Subway restaurant has earned recognition from the franchise for top performance in customer satisfaction.
The local restaurant earned a top rating for 2015 in its customer response satisfaction survey program.
Supporting the community's promising young students is a big job that takes the energies of many people and many hands from members of community groups, along with support from the community at large.
Members of the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority saw strong community support on March 11 at their annual scholarship fundraising Irish Stew Luncheon.
A musical reunion and benefit concert headlined the bill of community events last week in the Surface Creek Valley.
The Metamoocil Mountain Boys brought their distinctive style of easy-listening and toe-tapping music to a fundraising concert to benefit the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and the Surface Creek Shelter building project.
Working with Peter Grimson of Cedaredge High School, the Delta Trap Club is developing a scholastic clay target shooting program for youth in the area.
Delta Trap Club has agreed to provide its facility to this group for educational, practice and competition events. Club members are excited to bring the program to this area.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its monthly meeting on Feb. 19. There was a full house with husbands and partners also present for a most informative program given by Austin Keiser, president of the Water Conservancy District, on water issues in the Surface Creek Valley.
The Cedaredge Police Department is seeking information on a car that has been stolen twice. The 1996 silver Subaru Legacy, license #790ULZ, was stolen Feb. 15 and recovered a short time later.
The contest for mayor in Cedaredge, like the mayor's race in Orchard City, finds an incumbent trustee running against a former trustee for the position. Both candidates have extensive town board experience and are well-known and well-liked by townspeople.
Plans and arrangements for their big trip to Washington, D.C., are being finalized as members of the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir look forward to their by-invitation performance at the nation's Memorial Day celebration this year.
The community and the band members themselves have been working to raise necessary support for the $63,000 educational adventure that will include 41 members of the band and choir.
The Pioneer Town soup supper fundraiser is coming to the Stolte Shed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, an annual event that boosts the local community in many ways.
This is one of the important fundraisers during the year that helps support Pioneer Town -- a grass roots enterprise that makes its way by the dedication of a local volunteer corps; by programs and services it offers the community; and especially by the support from its community friends without whom Pioneer Town would not exist, because it does not rely on government support.
Earlier this month representatives of the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon cutting to welcome its newest member, Rudy's Pizzeria.
Rudy Lang and Jane Vandervelde have worked for nearly three years to create great a pizzerian and solid business in Cedaredge.
The AppleShed and 2nd Edition consignment shop of Delta are teaming up on a special promotion to benefit local people.
The "Every Girl Deserves a Beautiful Gown" fundraiser will be making a large selection of prom-quality formal wear available to high school girls just as thoughts of the big springtime night out begin turning toward fashion.
The Cedaredge Middle School gifted and talented program fundraised, publicized, and finally constructed a climbing wall in the gymnasium. The school opened this wall to the entire community and created a climbing club for anyone who wishes to take advantage of the athletic and academic benefits.
The lights went out in Cedaredge and areas surrounding the town on Thursday, Feb. 18, from a power outage that lasted almost four hours -- from 7:36 to 11:10 p.m. according to a spokesperson with DMEA.
Police, fire, and ambulance crews responded to the site on West Main Street at about 12th Avenue where they found a fire burning atop a DMEA power pole.
The Cedaredge Town Board reviewed documents citing $131,575 in additional 2016 expenses for the golf course fund and restaurant operation at its meeting on Feb. 18.
Board members were also presented with a spreadsheet business plan outlining a budget for town operation of the golf course restaurant during 2016.
One of the valley's favorite music groups, one that has also entertained audiences throughout the county and elsewhere, The Metamoocil Mountain Boys, is scheduling a benefit concert on March 5 with proceeds going to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control building fund.
The group comprised of George Gertz, Paul Frazier and Larry Claxton has not played together since disbanding three years ago, Claxton told the DCI.
Staff for the Town of Cedaredge told trustees last week that computer systems need to be upgraded.
Not all of the computer work stations the town uses, 23 in total, have the same level of PC operating system.
Cedaredge FFA started the school year with a flurry of events. In August we sent eight students to show fruit and other produce at the Colorado State Fair.
The Surface Creek Seniors celebrated Valentine's Day on Thursday, Feb. 11 with a banquet-style meal of roast turkey and dressing, and then crowned their Valentine's Sweethearts for this year.
Cedaredge Community Gardens held its 2016 annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 6. This is the eighth season for the garden and plots are available for folks in the 81413 zip code area at $25 for a 10' x 20' plot or $15 for a raised containers garden.
The Surface Creek community responded with enthusiasm to the third annual Crockpots for Critters fundraiser held at the Cedaredge Civic Center on Saturday.
As a result, the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control's (FCAC) goal of a new main building for the Surface Creek Shelter came a step closer to becoming a reality Saturday.
Charges have been filed against a Cedaredge couple accused of operating a large marijuana grow operation on Cactus Park Road east of Cedaredge.
Stormy Griffith, 36, and his wife Stacy, 32, have been charged with cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants); possession with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate; processing or manufacturing marijuana and marijuana concentrate; distribution of marijuana concentrate; and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.
Stoney Mesa Winery on Happy Hollow Road has been named recipient of two awards during 2015 that owner/operator Brett Neal says are both very meaningful to him.
One is an industry honor from the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) naming Stoney Mesa "Winery of the Year."
Cedaredge's David Starr played music and sang for about 40 local fans at a release party for his new CD on Feb. 5.
The occasion, hosted by Tracy Munson at Main Street Gallery and Coffee Emporium, was repeated the following evening for another audience.
The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club kicked off 2016 with a meeting devoted to talking about each member's plans for their gardens during the year, including changes that they wish to implement. Programs for a number of the meetings were also finalized.
Board members were elected and annual awards were presented as members of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society enjoyed their annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday.
Saturday's 2016 annual banquet featured a meal prepared and served by members of the Cedaredge High School Future Farmers of America Chapter who were recognized with a warm round of applause by their evening's guests.
The annual Crockpots for Critters fundraiser is set for the Cedaredge Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Shelter Shoppe volunteers are promising lots of great home cooking for everyone to enjoy at the small price of a $5 ticket, available at the Shelter Shoppe or at the door of the event.
On Jan. 21, Cedaredge town administrator Katie Sickles reported to the trustees on issues involving improvement to the park tennis courts.
A proposal includes enhanced lighting and needed maintenance work among the items being looked at for work when weather turns nice.
The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.
The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."
Cedaredge Middle School hosted its second annual Career Day Jan. 20 for all sixth-eighth grade students. During this event, organized by the Bruin Pride Club, students were given the opportunity to visit with many area community members about their careers and their accomplishments as a professional.
The arts community comprises a vibrant part of Surface Creek Valley's community life.
The ongoing displays, occasional special shows and events celebrating the arts are enhanced by local artists who give individual instruction at their homes and their studios, thereby increasing the knowledge, talent base and participation in arts here.
On Jan. 28, the Delta County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Delta Police, Cedaredge Police and the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant on two homes located at 821 Grand Avenue and 821 1/2 Grand Avenue in the city of Delta. Two individuals, Albert Romero, 26, and Alejandra Moews, 26, were arrested on arrest warrants related to the search. Other arrests are pending.
There will be mayoral races in both Cedaredge and Orchard City in the April 5 municipal elections.
At the Jan. 25 deadline, in Cedaredge there are two candidates.
The Cedaredge Town Board, during its regular meeting on Jan. 21, gave the go-ahead for staff to work out an agreement with an experienced local listing agent to find someone to operate the golf course restaurant.
One problem that was discussed in marketing the business and finding a qualified operator will be that management has changed hands several times in the past decade.
Cedaredge Police Sergeant Roy Spiker is being credited with sharp observation skills, quick action, and determined follow-up that may have helped to save a local man's life.
Police Chief Dan Sanders recounted the incident for the town trustees during their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 21.
Every Monday at 7 p.m., the Cedaredge Community Band meets at the Assembly of God to rehearse. The group usually welcomes between seven and 10 members, including director Grady Weiszbrod.
The Cedaredge trustees heard a report from Lea Hart on recent staffing changes at the Cedaredge Public Library at their Jan. 21 meeting.
Hart has been named interim district library director as a search for a permanent director is conducted.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a Cedaredge man, 68-year-old Steven McElmury, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
McElmury was arrested Thursday, Jan. 21, after a sheriff's K-9 indicated the odor of narcotics coming from McElmury's 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, which was found unoccupied in a business parking lot in Lincoln, Neb. The pickup had been observed driving eastbound on Interstate 80 a few minutes earlier.
The white Christmas of 2015 will be remembered by some for its picture postcard scenes of snow-covered mountain landscapes. But in Cedaredge it will be remembered as the perfect storm.
At 75 years old, the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club is a vital, active, and growing organization in Surface Creek Valley.
Since last March, the club has added 50 new members, those attending the club's 75th annual meeting at the Stolte Shed on Jan. 16 were told.
As of the weekend, Orchard City reported eight people running for its five open positions for elective office in the April 5 municipal election, and Cedaredge had reported four people circulating nominating petitions for the five open seats there.
The Cedaredge Board of Trustees meeting in special session on Jan. 14 authorized the town administrator and Trustee Ray Hanson to participate in a court-ordered arbitration (or mediation) with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC).
A dispute between the town and the private domestic water provider has gone in court over the past year.
Nelson and Marilyn Cederberg will both miss the same thing about the Surface Creek Valley lifestyle when they move to Florida soon.
They will most of all miss the people here -- the neighbors and friends they have made over 10 years of sharing their lives and being an active part of community in Surface Creek Valley.
The Town of Cedaredge has announced that SE Old Goat Trail will be closed Jan. 18 to Feb. 12 for safety reasons.
Cedaredge Town Clerk Patricia Luna advises citizens that the Cedaredge regular municipal election will be on April 5. The mayor's seat and three trustees' seats are open this election.
The promise of an evening of great music and memories drew an appreciative audience of local music lovers to the AppleShed on Jan. 6 to hear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates in concert.
People began arriving early to enjoy a dinner at the AppleShed deli before the performance, and others enjoyed the AppleShed's made-on-site beverages as they browsed the stylish art and gift gallery.
David Starr's new CD release, "Love and Sabotage," is available now.
The Cedaredge musician is planning a local release event on Feb. 5 and 6.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to an event-filled year of community activities and chamber fundraisers.
At its first meeting of 2016, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board welcomed four new directors, selected officers for the year and worked on a schedule of events into the spring.
Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control last week received donations of pet food and cash that came from local pet lovers who participated in two events sponsored by the Surface Creek Veterinary Center.
Veterinarians Jeff and Susie Hirsch sponsored a pet food drive at their clinic and encouraged clients to donate items to the effort.
Two events that are always on residents' calendars will change their dates in 2016 from the ones people have traditionally come to expect.
Cedaredge High School will host its graduation for the class of 2016 two weeks earlier than usual. Graduating CHS seniors will receive their diplomas this year at the school's commencement on May 15, a Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m.
Following AppleFest last fall, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new staff assistants who will be managing the business office daily, Monday through Friday.
Between 1992 and 2014, the number of programs offered to patrons by Delta County Libraries increased almost 10 times. Libraries have added numerous opportunities for patrons of different ages over the years, but one program has been around the entire time, scheduled almost without fail every week in every library, catering to the youngest of library patrons.
The Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge finished out 2015 with a Christmas gathering that everyone enjoyed. The food was outstanding, the gift exchange full of good fun with laughs galore.
Cedaredge town staff updated trustees on activities as 2015 came to a close. The following excerpts on activities are taken from recent reports that have been submitted by staff.
Tai Chi "Moving For Better Balance" is an evidence-based fall prevention class which begins in January in Cedaredge, designed for people with balance issues. Instructors are Linda Bull and Brook Loucks, physical therapists for Delta County Memorial Hospital.
After all of the decorations have been hung; after all the carols and hymns have been sung; after all the caring and sharing has been done; and, after heartfelt thanks have been given to The One -- then it is time for the feast.
The community's Christmas feast took place in local tradition style at the Stolte Shed on a white Christmas Day that brought a foot and more of fresh snowfall to Cedaredge (elevation 6,100).
The Town of Cedaredge budget for 2016 totals a whopping $8 million in spending against anticipated revenues of $7.6 million.
The budget abstract shows spending deficits posted in each of the town's six budget funds next year.
The Surface Creek community showed the real spirit of its Christmas holiday observance as more than 200 holiday gift dinner boxes prepared by volunteers were made available for distribution.
Vehicles lined up at the Surface Creek Community Services food bank and some 30 volunteers who had worked to assemble and package the holiday feast fixings carried the boxes filled with food and placed them into trunks, pickup beds, and back seats of the waiting vehicles.
The Town of Cedaredge has succeeded in hiring an operator for its new wastewater treatment plant.
According to the staff report to trustees on Dec. 10, Clinton Smith has agreed to obtain his "B" operator's license from the state.
Cedaredge has provided a list of its expenditures budgeted in 2016 for memberships and various contributions as follows:
The Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge enjoyed a great meeting in November at the home of Barb Klein. She had gathered many items with which we could make Christmas centerpieces.
There was more to a special Christmas than the makings of family holiday dinners at the Surface Creek Community Services food bank last Saturday.
Children were remembered during the observance of Christmas -- the one holiday that is probably most special to the young ones.
The Town of Cedaredge will be issuing a request for proposals for management of the golf course restaurant following action of the town board at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.
Any responses to the town's RFP are to be reviewed by trustees at their next official meeting -- a work session on Jan 14.
The Cedaredge Town Board has doubled the monthly paychecks for trustees and increased the mayor's pay while saying it isn't a raise.
Under the plan adopted as Ordinance 2015-10 on Dec. 10, the next members elected to the board of trustees will get 100 percent more money for their service than current trustees do.
In drafting its proposed Ordinance 2015-10, town staff endeavored to keep individual elected officials' names out of the document.
However, issues are so intertwined that a generalized wording was found to be impossible.
The schools of Cedaredge celebrate Christmas every year by bringing in real trees, decorating classrooms, and most importantly, giving back to the community. All three schools introduced new ideas for fundraisers, donations and entertainment for the town this year.
According to staff at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, four new directors have been appointed to the chamber's board of directors.
They were named at a special meeting of the board held on Tuesday morning, Dec. 8.
Twenty immigrants from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam will take the oath of allegiance and become U.S. citizens Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher will preside over the ceremony with assistance by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Combine a big love for the Christmas season, a big imagination, and a big, nearly 50-foot-tall pine tree in the front yard and you have the makings for a Santa's workshop holiday setting that is unique and delightful.
Glenn and Randi Byrne have made their front yard pine tree the focus of a Christmas decorating celebration that will make even a holiday-weary adult experience once again the feelings of their first Christmas.
The Surface Creek community's Christmas spirit was serenaded in the season's best style as Cedaredge Elementary School music students of Andrea Kallson performed their annual concerts at the school last week.
On Tuesday, the fourth and fifth graders opened the three nights of chorale performances with a 1950s, rock 'n' roll-themed program.
The Cedaredge Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 held a money-making project this year. The proceeds will be used for the building fund, scholarship fund and charities the lodge supports.
The Cedaredge Senior Hikers have been enjoying the pleasures and wonders of local geography recently, venturing from desert canyon to mountain snow with the changing of seasons.
"The senior hiking group continues to hike in our beautiful canyon country almost every Wednesday throughout the winter," said Jude Keica, a member of the group.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has six people seeking four open positions on its board of directors.
At the December meeting held last week, the candidates introduced themselves to the sitting board members and to members in attendance.
A long-standing holiday tradition of special caring and giving is again providing Christmas happiness to Surface Creek Valley children and their families.
But in many instances, explains Peggy Bathie of Cedaredge, who is helping coordinate the Angel Tree project this year, the community's caring is being asked to go beyond providing delights for wide-eyed kids on Christmas morning with a present to unwrap.
A young Surface Creek writer who has had three of her children's books published says she is planning more stories about the exploits of her reptillian protagonist -- her pet, Sepren -- a bearded dragon.
Twelve-year-old Winnie Hirsch has written three adventure stories about the exploits of Sepren.
Another big Delta County Habitat for Humanity gingerbread decorating event took place at the Civic Center for kids and their families.
The third annual event got a lot of support and volunteer help from members of the Delta County Board of Realtors which had personnel on hand to help with everything from signups to cleanups.
Dozens of entries lighted up like -- well, like a big Christmas parade -- and a crowd of excited people lining Main Street to share the holiday spirit marked a successful Parade of Lights in Cedaredge last Saturday.
The parade entry that best expressed the event's theme of "A Cowboy Christmas" was created by the Best of the West 4-H Club.
Cedaredge trustees heard during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, that the manager of K&C's Local Grill, the restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Course, intends to terminate his lease on the facility at year's end.
Town administrator Katie Sickles told the trustees that restaurant manager Doug Coburn had notified the town that he wants to terminate his lease at the restaurant effective Jan 1. Coburn was not present at the meeting.
People who live in Surface Creek Valley know they have a lot to be thankful for.
To that list of blessings the community can add a local business that demonstrated last Thursday how it understands the meaning of Thanksgiving day in a small community.
The holiday season was off to a musical start on Nov. 23 when the Cedaredge High School and Middle School bands and choirs presented their combined fall concert at the school.
The Commons area was standing room only for the event which began with performances by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choir presenting music by John Williams and Katy Perry.
Cedaredge is making preparations for its annual Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, Dec. 5. Events are being scheduled and local businesses are including activities to help celebrate the event.
Cedaredge will be looking at a cost of some $75,000 for its share to extend fiber optic cable to institutional anchor sites in town, according to a report to the trustees on Nov. 19.
Under the Region 10 broadband plan, fiber optic cable will be extended to a "carrier-neutral location" in the town.
The Cedaredge trustees approved change order work on the sewer plant project at their Nov. 19 meeting that will add some costs to be paid from the project contingency fund.
There was lengthy board discussion over a telecommunications link from the plant to a plant operator's home that would sound an alarm in the event of serious failure.
Each year the Cedaredge Rotary provides nice, hardbound Scholastic Children's Dictionaries for each third grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.
The kids are always more than excited to receive them.
Three of the people largely involved with staging the Chamber of Commerce's biggest and perhaps most successful AppleFest ever have left the organization, raising issues for the organization to deal with.
President Lesley Lewis resigned on Oct. 14, less than two weeks following AppleFest, the biggest event of the year for the chamber.
The Cedaredge Rotary Club and Les & DJ Mergelman are organizing the free Community Christmas Dinner again this year. As in the past years, it will be held at the Stolte Shed at Pioneer Town, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
An extensive investigation that took DEA investigators from the west edge of Montrose County to a grow operation in Gateway Canyon, and finally to property north of Cedaredge, resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana last week. In addition, two arrests were made.
The Surface Creek Community Services food bank is hoping again this year that local residents, businesses and organizations will be able to contribute to the Christmas Gift Box campaign.
In a letter to community sponsors of the project, the SCCS board noted, "It is time for us to ask the community's support for the Surface Creek Community Services food bank annual Christmas Gift Box project."
Patty Arnold, a letter carrier who works out of the Cedaredge Post Office, has been presented with a statewide award from the letter carriers' union -- the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
The annual Outstanding Member of the Year honor for top-notch work with colleagues and customers is given to only one of the union's members every year in each state, and in Puerto Rico.
A local wine made by Dan Williams of Williams Cellars in Cedaredge has won the gold award in the 2015 World Value Wine Challenge.
The honor has come to Williams Cellars' 2013 vintage "Rust Bucket," a red wine made from a locally grown grape -- the tempranillo, a black variety that originates from Iberian Peninsula.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up quickly for what it plans will be the best Surface Creek Valley business holiday season ever, and new year.
Following the largest AppleFest to date, acting chairman of the chamber Bill Miller says he intends to keep the momentum rapidly moving in a most exciting, positive and fun-filled direction.
Work crews with Moltz Construction of Salida had reached the halfway mark last week building Cedaredge's new mechanical sewer treatment plant.
Project administrators and town officials say that the new mechanical plant will be completed and running online by next July.
Cedaredge voters casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election expressed strong hope for improved Internet service, but little desire for higher taxes.
The county elections department reported there were 671 votes cast on the town's healthy living lifestyles tax proposal.
The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church houses the Zero Gravity Youth Group. Recently, the small organization combined with Delta's United Methodist Church to create new connections and formulate new ideas.
As we approach the holidays of thankfulness, blessings and renewed hope, we remember families who are still challenged in meeting increased demand during these times.
The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank in Cedaredge is seeking your monetary donation to help cover the costs of a generous Christmas Box dinner for families.
Cedaredge's David Starr announced last week that a new music project of his is nearing completion.
In an email, Starr says that he is "just back from a successful fall mini-tour of Texas and a quick trip to Arkansas, and I'm pleased to share with you that my new CD, "Love and Sabotage," is nearing completion.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its October meeting on Oct. 18. There was a full house including five guests (two of whom were spouses) who came to hear Arnie and Cathy Ogden's adventures as beekeepers.
The idea that anyone in this world would feel alone is an idea that Phil Ellsworth has not become reconciled to.
Phil is the affable man whose gentle strains of sweet harmonica music are heard at the doorway of FoodTown whenever Cedaredge Rotary Club stages a fundraiser raffle ticket sale there.
The Good News Club for Cedaredge Elementary School's K-5th graders, including homeschoolers is underway.
Meetings are held after school, Tuesday afternoons from 3:13-4:45 p.m. in the community room across Cedar Avenue from the school.
The AppleShed is hosting a holiday art show featuring the works of Pat Stelter, Lian Canty, Lee Johnson and Roy and Jeff Kastning.
An opening reception is planned Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. The art will be on display through December.
It was a day for the doggies, and also for their owners last Saturday at the fourth annual Dog Jog and Pet Palooza hosted by Surface Creek Veterinary Center at the Aspen Trails Campground.
The event, which filled the morning with fun and fido-ish friendship, is organized by veterinarians Jeff and Susie Hirsch and their staff at the Center.
Surface Creek Valley last weekend took special note of the fall season fun and dress-up holiday that's traditionally been known as Halloween.
Schools, community organizations, churches, businesses, and, of course, families were all part of the community's observances of a candy-coated Oct. 31 this year.
A full house of hopeful bingo players turned out at the first anniversary of the twice-monthly Lions Club bingo nights on Oct. 21.
The big attendance put a real community endorsement to the club's newest fundraising activity.
Citizen groups and organizations wanting support from Cedaredge for their activities and projects may now have to prove their mettle and should expect to pay to play with dollars from the town.
A new town policy has been prompted by an article from the Colorado Municipal League that warns cities and towns against funding organizations or projects that "develop an unhealthy dependence upon the financial assistance of a municipality," or that "may falter or even cease to exist" without tax dollar support.
Local seniors who enjoy noontime meals, social time together, and other activities at the Civic Center will be missing the everyday, smiling, friendly and always helpful presence of Isal Shields.
Shields, who has been a volunteer at the meal site helping with table service and also in the kitchen, has decided at age 91 to retire from her volunteer service there.
A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work year-round helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of its organization last week.
The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority took part in state and national observances honoring ESA's 86 years of charitable work and community contributions.
Cedaredge voters are facing a tax increase question on the November ballot that was mailed last week.
If they approve it, the proposed Healthy Living lifestyles tax would increase sales and use taxes from 2 percent to 2.5 percent, a 25 percent increase in the sales and use tax on things that everyone from retirees to working families use every day including vehicles, building materials and food.
Among the business items heard by the Cedaredge Town Board at its regular Oct. 15 meeting was discussion of a report on the town's fire insurance ratings.
Town Clerk Patricia Luna outlined a report from a ratings agency.
Delta County Memorial Hospital physical therapists Linda Bull and Brooke Loucks are offering free exercise classes in Cedaredge as part of a community outreach initiative.
Linda Bull has been the instructor of the "Use It or Lose It" class for the past nine years.
Cedaredge's Greenwood Avenue water line won't be replaced this year as had been originally hoped.
The leak-plagued water line has kept town crews busy digging and patching at least several times a year the past few years, according to public works staff who delivered bad news on the project to the town trustees at an Oct. 8 special meeting.
A benefit concert is being planned for Tyler Clymo, an 11-year-old Cedaredge boy who is battling cancer.
Tyler is a fifth grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.
Elberta #106 held its annual yard/bake/breakfast burrito fundraiser during AppleFest. The weather was great, and lots of people were out to enjoy the festivities.
Cedaredge Community Gardens has ended its seventh season with fall cleanup, and decided to have a little fun with a presentation of a ceremonial gift basket of produce for Delta County commissioner Bruce Hovde who has been an indispensible help to the garden all these years. Not only has he assisted by earmarking GOCO grants annually, he also comes in on his own time to help disk and plow as time permits.
Plans for a replacement main building at the Surface Creek Animal Shelter got a big boost recently -- not big in monetary terms, but very big in terms of expressing what the shelter's mission to "give 'em shelter" is all about.
The story begins when, as he stopped by the shelter during daily errands, Larry Dumler, president of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, checked the change box.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge had a picnic and plant sale at Cedaredge Park for its September meeting. Members brought plants, bulbs and seeds to exchange.
People visiting AppleFest two weeks ago may have noticed the shiny, satin yellow ribbons that had been placed on Cedaredge's Main Street light poles and tied around many of the trees in Town Park.
The ribbons are a patriotic reminder of those in the military who are stationed overseas in the way of ever increasing danger, working to keep Americans safe and American freedoms alive.
The story of AppleFest 2015 was the weather. Everywhere were heard comments on the superb, perfect day that welcomed visitors to 2015 AppleFest last Saturday.
Among the almost countless community services contributed by Lions Clubs internationally and in local communities at home is something that many people consider to be the clubs' signature cause. That is caring for and promoting proper vision.
The bonds of respect and of love that exist between the Surface Creek Valley community and the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department came out in full display again at the annual chili cook-off last Thursday, Oct. 1.
The annual Pioneer Town car show brought another turnout of fine automotive projects and antique tractor restorations this year.
This was also the first year that the AppleFest motorcycle display joined the Pioneer Town exhibit, bringing even more motor admiring variety to one location.
The excitement started early on Saturday at AppleFest as the annual 5k AppleFest Fitness Run/Walk left the starting line promptly on time at 7:30 a.m.
Runners and walkers made their ways along a course designed, appropriately, to provide a flavor of the apple orchards surrounding Cedaredge.
Cedaredge public works department crews have been laboring to repair some of the town's Grand Mesa Reservoirs that have sustained various kinds of damage over years, making them unsuitable for holding water.
According to town officials speaking at a recent budget workshop, the Governor's office is compiling a list of abandoned reservoirs.
Tickets are on sale at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce for the Friday, Oct. 2, Golden Gala, one of the great social events of the year for Cedaredge.
The 23rd annual event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Community Civic Center.
The volunteers at Pioneer Town put the community's best foot forward and served as perfect hosts to a group of car club members on their fall color tour last week.
This area's scenic vistas are being discovered by an increasing number of tour groups driving in their specialty cars or riding their thundering motorcycles across the Grand Mesa.
A feature of AppleFest intended to attract local crafters and artisans is "Local Row." Local enterprises, organizations and individuals will stretch between about the chamber office and Grand Mesa Drive on both sides of West Main. A recent count showed over 40 local vendor booths signed up. All will be displaying a special apple crate logo.
During halftime of the first home football game on Sept. 4, the CHS Marching Band played music up to the bleachers completely filled with fans from the community. Its season began in the heat of July, and now competition season begins to heat up.
Elberta Rebekah Lodge members have been busy getting ready for the AppleFest celebration in Cedaredge.
There will be a good old-fashioned yard sale on Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The country store will be open on Saturday, Oct. 3, also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Word of a federal government regulation carrying expensive consequences for the town came as a surprise to Cedaredge trustees on Sept. 3 during a preliminary work session on the town's 2016 budget.
The feds can assess fines of $12,000 per day if rules on how to deal with a piece of town property aren't followed to the letter, trustees learned.
Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders is asking the town trustees for funds to continue support of a local victim advocate program as they work on next year's budget.
Sanders, at a recent work session, asked the council to include $1,000 supporting the program which has been orphaned by budget constraints in the district attorney's office.
Time is running out to register antique cars, classic cars and trucks for the annual Antique & Classic Car Show at Pioneer Town during AppleFest 2015.
The show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, (one day only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Small town living is thrifty living, and Cedaredge families are fortunate to have two well-managed thrift shop operations that provide quality clothing and other needs at very affordable prices.
The Shelter Shoppe is located on North Grand Mesa Drive just south of the elementary school, and the Methodist Women's Thrift Shop is located in the heart of West Main Street.
The Boy Scouts know it -- their motto is "Be prepared."
Any number of natural or human-caused events occurring while at home, on the road, or while on an outdoor adventure can place a person or family in the position of wishing they had been better prepared.
Organizers of the annual Five Alarm Chili Cookoff fundraiser for the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department are asking the community to be extra thoughtful this year and prepare a pot of chili to donate for the Thursday, Oct. 1 event.
This hugely popular community chilifest requires lots of chili to satisfy area residents who want to participate in tasting the various offerings and make a generous donation to the department's firefighters.
Cedaredge trustees find themselves in the position of playing referee for a contest between local tennis players and a community of pickleball players.
The pickleball players are working to establish their popular new sport using town facilities -- once the preserve of tennis -- and they have asked the town to budget funding of their activity.
Though the town's water fund was tapped for cash to support the golf course in 2014 and 2015, Cedaredge officials are hoping the golf course won't be using more cash assistance from the water fund in 2016.
Town Administrator Katie Sickles told trustees during a Sept. 3 work session on the 2016 budget, "We are hoping for positive financial contributions this year."
The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, invites children to a very exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and 18. The group will meet every Wednesday evening (6:30-8 p.m.) during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.
It began with a musical flourish and ended with a military salute.
The ninth annual Pops in the Park concert presented by the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was enjoyed by an audience of around 200 people Saturday, Sept. 12 at Cedaredge Town Park.
Nonprofit organizations in the Cedaredge area need to make sure the Western Colorado Community Foundation knows who they are.
The Western Slope Community Foundation of Grand Junction hopes soon to have $6,000 available to nonprofit organizations in the Cedaredge area.
The dedication and energetic commitment of 20 local people has gone to benefit the search for new cancer treatments and cures by raising $8,481 in this year's Relay for Life.
The 20 members of the relay team fielded by Cedaredge's Pondy began work last February with a goal of being this year's top contributing team to the Relay for Life.
Workers from Moltz Construction of Salida have been making progress on Cedaredge's new sewer treatment plant for almost six weeks since construction began.
Last week they were in the process of pouring concrete that will make containment walls of the 25-foot-high treatment cells of the plant.
A new, locally published cookbook is full of fun recipes and guaranteed to help people live healthy lives.
That is because all proceeds from sales of the $10 book -- produced entirely with local volunteer efforts -- will go to support a local Relay for Life team and its energetic efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society in its work to advance treatments and effect cures for cancer.
Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders reports that his department has six officers on full-time duty.
The full-time staff is supplemented by a reserve officer force of three well-qualified and experienced volunteer officers, Sanders explained to the town board on Aug. 20.
The Home of the Cubs welcomes a new principal, Daniel Renfrow, with open arms this school year. He sits at the front desk, busy working with staff and parents to help keep the school in order before taking time for an interview.
Progress on a new trails loop on the west side of Surface Creek includes work on two foot bridges that cross a small, dry ditch.
Stout timbers set atop concrete footers form the foundation of the structures.
"We are still going strong with the exercise class that meets three times a week at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town," stated instructor Linda Bull. "For the first six months of this year there were 1,800 participants (about 35 each session, many attend multiple sessions).
Cedaredge's skate park has provided a recreational venue for local youth to associate with one another and to sharpen their athletic skills.
Those big dumpsters that for months have been sitting in front of Cedaredge's Affordable Inn are still there.
Remodeling of the facility has hit a snag and is way behind schedule.
The Cedaredge FoodTown and Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to sponsor the annual AppleFest apple pie contest.
The contest is open to anyone and consist of two categories -- truly homemade pies and pies baked by commercial bakers.
Every summer since 2007, Cedaredge Town Park has been transformed into one of the valley's biggest neighborhood potluck dinners at the annual Party in the Park hosted by the town and community members from all over.
Dennis "Hoot" Harlan, Grand Knight of Our Lady of the Rockies, Knights of Columbus, Council 11731 of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission in Cedaredge, presented a $600 scholarship to Emily Marie Anderson at Sunday Mass.
The Cedaredge Town Board approved appointment of three new members to the planning commission at its Aug. 20 meeting, reports Mayor Pat Means.
Karen Hebert was appointed to complete a three-year term that expires in 2017.
The newest exhibit at Pioneer Town has been set up in the western silo. Marilyn Boyd and her daughter brought in a glass case and have displayed a collection of memorabilia from the boathouse that once stood at Barren Lake on Grand Mesa.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club is conducting its biennial Trail Trials at the Mesa Top Trail on Sept. 12. This popular local trail riding event will be held at the Mesa Top Trail head on Grand Mesa.
Members of the Cedaredge High School four-time consecutive Class 1A state champion marching band have been busy all summer with band-related activities including band camp for some, and fundraising projects.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club wrapped up its second to last gymkhana on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with the continuing theme of "Ride it like you stole it!"
The last gymkhana will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12 and year-end prizes will be awarded.
A big, multi-class reunion of the Cedaredge High School Cubs became an occasion for sharing memories, renewing friendships, and building community at Cedaredge Town Park last Saturday.
As the more than 275 people attending the afternoon picnic event visited and reminisced, a typical conversation overheard might have gone something like: "I went to school with a 'Bill' who had the same last name as you.
When you recall your favorite childhood memories, do you think of summer camp? That magical experience is no longer just for kids.
The sounds of big motorcycles assembled en masse will begin thundering through Cedaredge and across the Grand Mesa this weekend as the 30th annual Serenity Run rolls into town headed for the Aspen Trails Campground.
Over many years of supporting America's service personnel and veterans, Cathy Meskel of Cedaredge has experienced numerous moments of emotional connectedness with the country's war fighters and their families.
Welcome to hopper hell! Because of our mild winter and excellent soil moisture conditions, survival of overwintering grasshopper eggs was very high. Our May rains added insult to injury by providing a smorgasbord of plants for hoppers to feed upon.
The Grand Mesa Resort Company is in a race against time and Mother Nature.
Now in its second year of an aggressive campaign aimed at ridding spruce beetle from the company's 375 acres of spruce-fir forest, the company is working to gain ground against the tree-killing pest and to overcome many obstacles along the way.
I sit here at our dining room table enjoying the view of the Grand Mesa -- sun and shadow. Always captivating. But there's movement at the top of the east cottonwood tree in our front yard.
There was a great turnout for the Ice Cream Social that was held Saturday, July 25, at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge. Estimates of the number of participants to the annual fundraising event was between 280 and 300.
A proposal for a new tax crafted from results of a town hall survey on healthy living is headed to Cedaredge voters.
How strong is Brittany Tregarthen?
The family of Russel Radebaugh was presented with an honor in his memory by the Town of Cedaredge on July 16.
The annual Grand Mesa 100 ultramarathon event is scheduled for this weekend.
This year's Ride The Rockies cycle tourists got their first view of Delta County on June 15 along the leisurely downhill stretch of Highway 65 below County Line, and they got their first taste of Delta County friendliness from the Surface Creek Valley at a scheduled rest stop in Cedaredge Town Park.
It is time for those organizations or individuals to register to participate in the Cedaredge Little Britches parade which will be held on Saturday, July 11.
The Cedaredge town administration and town board are trying to decide how the results of a "healthy lifestyles" survey can be pitched to voters as a proposal to increase the sales tax.
Pioneer Town's Night on the Town on Saturday, June 20, was a roaring success in spite of the warm temperatures. More than 300 visitors of all ages enjoyed a great summer evening. Switching the event to a Saturday seemed to resonate well with all, especially the younger families.
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