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County worker resuscitates child

A county Human Services Department employee's professional knowledge and quick action at work helped to resuscitate a young child who had stopped breathing, the county commissioners learned on Monday.

Rita Fowler, a caseworker for the county's Adult Protective Services unit at the North Fork Annex, was working at her desk recently.

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Mountain Coal seeks support for exploration

Representatives of Mountain Coal Company on Monday asked the Board of County Commissioners for words of support as the North Fork mine begins once again the process of applying for a federal lease modification to explore for, and hopefully one day mine, new coal resources.

The company's plans for expansion were halted abruptly five years ago on the day before construction was to begin.

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Cost vs. benefit of energy development aired

The North Fork Valley's Citizens for a Healthy Community group attended the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday to present results of a study the CHC has produced.

The study is titled "Economic Impact of Natural Gas Development in Delta County."

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BoCC hires lawyer to negotiate with DURA

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, July 17, engaged an attorney specializing in work that will involve the county's interests in negotiations with the Delta Urban Renewal Authority.

In other business on July 17, Region 10 director Michelle Haynes reported that the broadband middle mile system is now providing service to carrier neutral locations in the cities of Delta and Montrose.

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Orchard City citizens speak out on pot plan

Area residents on July 12 pushed back against Orchard City's moves toward allowing marijuana businesses to operate in town. However, not all were opposed. Some spoke of personal benefits from medical marijuana.

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Orchard City moves forward with pot study recommendations

The Orchard City Town Board will move ahead with an expanded study of the types of marijuana businesses that could be allowed in town to provide government funding following town board action on July 12.

The town board's Cannabis Revenue Committee will also continue looking into six types of marijuana businesses, including retail shops, that could provide money to local government.

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New Cedaredge librarian checks in

Alexis Nelson is the new manager at the Cedaredge Library.

She was introduced to the Cedaredge Town Board at a July 13 work session that was held in the library meeting room.

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Beat the heat at ice cream social

Volunteers at Pioneer Town are getting ready for a cool, fun filled community summer break this month.

Surface Creek Valley's annual community Ice Cream Social will be held at the Stolte Shed on Saturday, July 29.

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Orchard City committee recommends ballot question, repeal of marijuana business ban

The Orchard City Town Board on July 12 will discuss, and possibly act on, a trustee committee report that lays out a road map for the eventuality of voter approval for marijuana businesses in town, including repeal of the town's current bans.

The first recommendation board's cannabis revenue committee is that "the town should start the process of repealing the ordinances of 2011 and 2013 prohibiting any type of licensed marijuana business."

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John Baier named county attorney

John Baier named county attorney

The Board of County Commissioners have named John Baier to the post of Delta County attorney.

Baier currently serves as assistant county attorney.

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Delta County to see lower revenue from property taxes

Because of changes in assessment of residential property dictated by the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, Delta County government is expected to receive less revenue from property taxes next year.

Nevertheless, many homeowners will not see any corresponding decrease in next year's tax bills.

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A fun and creative way to build community

The July 7 edition of Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's 1st Friday Art Walk brought families and local artists to Main Street for a community evening.

Artists displayed their works at the AppleShed and gave displays of their talents, and children joined the event with colored chalk drawings on sidewalks and crafts projects at the chamber office.

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Fighting Parkinson's together

Fighting Parkinson's together

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.

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A burning passion

A burning passion

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.

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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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