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Cedaredge eyes bond refinancing

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.

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Cedaredge okays non-compete accord with DMEA

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.

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'A lot of fun' for 100 years

'A lot of fun' for 100 years

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.

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Master plan schedule slips

Delta County's contractor for the master plan rewrite, RPI of Durango, has said it needs an additional month of collecting information from county staff and others before the "public input phase" of the rewrite begins, according to a report given to the county commissioners on Monday.

Also, the company has not completed work on a public access website that's been promised.

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Fee hike hits trash haulers hard

County officials and commercial trash haulers met last week to discuss the impact of a big increase in tipping fees under review for Adobe Buttes landfill.

Three commercial haulers and two county municipal governments that provide trash service told commissioners and county staff that the increases will be too big for their customers to swallow all at once.

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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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Seniors remind trustees of impact they face with new water rates

Two constituents came forward at the Orchard City Town Board meeting on March 8 to question trustees about the water rate increase.

Jan Gage, a former trustee, expressed concern for senior citizens in town on fixed incomes who would be hurt financially by the doubling of water rates.

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Rate hike takes effect May 1 in Orchard City

Following action by the Orchard City Town Board on March 8, customers of the town's domestic water system will see steep increases in both base charges and user fees beginning May 1.

The move came on a split 5-1 vote.

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Orchard City opts out of cemetery biz

The Town of Orchard City will not be going into the cemetery business.

By a vote of 4-0 on March 8, town board members rejected the idea of participating in some manner with management and operations of the Cory Cemetery.

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County considers possible revenue loss

Commissioners heard a report from Chair Doug Atchley during their March 6 regular meeting on a threat to county revenues from proposed state legislative action.

If carried out, the legislation would affect every county in the state by cutting residential property assessment rates from 7.95 percent to as low as 6 percent.

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Soup supper a big hit

Soup supper a big hit

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.

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Input key to SH 92 plan

Input key to SH 92 plan

Some details of the conceptual access control plan (ACP) along Highway 92 on Rogers Mesa were sketched out for county commissioners at a Monday, March 6, presentation. As the project moves forward, public participation will be a key element, officials said.

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SH 92 access is under review

SH 92 access is under review

A conceptual overview of the process that will eventually produce a highway access control plan (ACP) for Highway 92 across Rogers Mesa was presented at the county commissioners' meeting on Monday, March 6.

Stolfus and Associates, the traffic engineering firm that last year completed a highway access plan for the Highway 50/92 corridor at Delta, will be working on the access plan for the Highway 92 corridor from Hidden Springs to the grade crossing just west of Hotchkiss.

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Water rates could double for Orchard City residents

The Orchard City Town Board at its Wednesday, March 8, meeting will act on a proposal which, if adopted, would double residential water rates.

For example, based on preliminary figures provided to the Delta County Independent, the monthly base charge in-town would rise from $13 to $25, and the use rate for the first 20,000 gallons would rise from $0.99 per thousand gallons to $1.89 per thousand gallons.

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Orchard City to consider running Cory Cemetery

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore has promised a discussion and possible vote March 8 on whether the town board wants to get involved in management of the Cory Cemetery.

The future status of Cory Cemetery management has been uncertain since its board of directors resigned six years ago.

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Stolte Shed hosts its first movie night

Stolte Shed hosts  its first movie night

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.

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Utility buyout finalized

Utility buyout finalized

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.

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Appointments, OHVs and H92 access plan discussed

The county commissioners named members to volunteer boards and commissions at their Feb. 21 regular meeting.

Named to serve on the Youth Shooting Sports Advisory Committee for were Marci Germann and Terry Welt. They join continuing members George Baier, Jerry Read and Kathy Welt.

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Soil conference showcases local efforts

Soil conference showcases local efforts

The 2017 Soil Health Conference featured a locally focused program of small breakout groups where farmers got right to the real issues of soil health practices in the local area. The conference provided a wealth of useful information that was geared to the issues faced by local ag producers, and discussion panels included local participants.

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Skydiving business eyes Blake Field

A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.

County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.

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Snow season in full swing on the Grand Mesa

Snow season in full swing on the Grand Mesa

A year of abundant snowpack bodes well for ag producers in the coming season.

And, as the snow has piled up atop the Grand Mesa, recreational users of the local winter playground have taken advantage of the bounty as well.

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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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