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CHS Class of 2017 graduates with 62

CHS Class of 2017 graduates with 62

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.

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Heritage Day marks opening of Pioneer Town

Heritage Day marks opening of Pioneer Town

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.

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Water study meeting tonight

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.

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Cedaredge weighs in on master plan

Cedaredge weighs in on master plan

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.

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Little Britches concludes 59th Cedaredge rodeo

Little Britches concludes 59th Cedaredge rodeo

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.

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Seniors are shown support with scholarships

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.

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County offers incentive for new business, jobs

County offers incentive for new business, jobs

The county commissioners on Monday approved an "incentive agreement" with hopes it will help bring a manufacturing company to Delta County and fill an empty industrial building.

MITI manufacturing, Co., which describes itself as a manufacturer of wheel locks and portable decontamination equipment, is currently located in Clifton.

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Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor

Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor

Orchard City's first "tiny house" development at 2100 and Iris roads is drawing concern from area neighbors who say they had no advance notice of the project.

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Water customers feel 'soaked' by billing date

Orchard City residents told trustees that it is the town's water customers themselves who have gotten soaked by higher water charges because new rates were implemented ahead of the promised schedule.

The revelation was one of several complaints presented to trustees at a second consecutive boisterous business meeting on May 10.

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Cedaredge trustee resigns

Cedaredge trustee resigns

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.

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Public to get look at rate study

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."

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Little Britches action this week in Cedaredge

​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.

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In her element

In her element

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."

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Repurposing with flair

Repurposing with flair

An Eckert man has taken his talent for art, merged it with lessons his dad taught him years ago and created a vocation for himself and a distinctive type of craftsmanship.

John Good found early in life that he had a talent and love of art which he pursued into his adult years.

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What lies below

What  lies below

The geologic features of Delta County that contribute to its bounty of agriculture and natural resources, and to the scenic beauty and recreational pleasure it affords have been the professional province of Dave Noe of Paonia.

He is a geologist "recently retired" from the Colorado Geological Survey.

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Art of giving

Art of  giving

Art is part of life, and life is about giving. Cedaredge area artist Ella Kelly has found that art and giving have been center points in her personal and professional life.

"We are so blessed to have people in our lives who teach and help us with their talents," Ella says.

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A class act

A class act

Music audiences in this area have a new entertainment option to enjoy, a real "Class Act." The group offers a wide range of classic songs to enjoy; a performance style that is at once both engaging and relaxing; and a catalog of numbers presented with a true love of the music they play.

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Pickleball, anyone?

Pickleball, anyone?

The Grand Mesa Picklers is a growing circle of local friends and newcomers who quickly become friends. They share their enthusiasm for quality of life, for physical fitness activity, and for playing together on a regular basis.

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A model of success

A model  of success

With local economic development ideas turning once again to themes of rural gentrification, lifestyle marketing, recreation and tourism there is one local economic development asset that provides a model and foundation of success to build on.

It is the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway.

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Creative community

Creative community

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.

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A saga of survival & faith

A saga of  survival  & faith

Cedaredge native Keith Loucks has published a novel about adventure and survival ­-- a book that entertains as it educates, and one that examines deeper questions of living Christian faith in a dangerously fallen world.

In the 405-page novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," the normal, everyday American life is reduced in a moment to the level of Third World deprivation when a nuclear device is exploded in the upper stratosphere 30 miles above.

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A life turn to art

A  life turn  to art

When Sue Jochum decided it was time to leave the corporate world of high technology and pursue her life-long passion for art, she chose the Surface Creek Valley as home to be near other family who live here.

Now, with her computer programming days behind her, she is finding the time to enjoy plein air painting sessions with friends, to participate with her work in shows and exhibitions, and to develop an enterprise in portrait painting, a discipline that she has discovered a natural talent for.

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Champions of Nordic skiing

Champions of Nordic skiing

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is marking a 25th year of providing great outdoor recreation experiences for local skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.

Over the course of those 25 years, the GMNC has also contributed significantly to developing a first-class complex of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skijoring that is a tourism draw for the county.

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Driven to serve gladly

Driven to serve gladly

Becoming part of a small community means connecting with people.

There is no surer way for someone to know they're making a positive difference and connecting with the heart of a community than to find an avenue of service.

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Drones give the economy a lift

Drones give the economy a lift

Drones have arrived in Delta County -- but they aren't the spying, harassing kind of drones that are reported on the national newscasts.

A Cedaredge company is helping bring the high-tech surveillance craft here for economic development uses that range from marketing promotion to improving agricultural yields.

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Wheelin' 'n dealin'

Wheelin'  'n dealin'

One event noticeably absent from Delta's annual cycle of summer activities is a big car parts swap meet.

Last Saturday, that gap in the community events calendar was filled in by a well-attended auto parts swap at Confluence Park.

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The promise of America

The promise of America

Larry and Dawn White took America at its promise and proved to themselves that the promise of America is good.

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