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Funds available for rental rehab

A pilot program has made funds available to landlords who rent to low-income tenants for home rehabilitation or restoration projects, thanks to a joint effort between the Delta Housing Authority (DHA), Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing. The program is a two year pilot, with a total pool of $250,000.

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Hotchkiss isn't interested in de-annexation

Hotchkiss isn't interested in de-annexation

An Arkansas family received a painful lesson on Delta County development regs last week when they petitioned the Town of Hotchkiss to de-annex their property, allowing them to build three homes without having to abide by the town's subdivision specifications. Trustees replied emphatically "no can do."

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Time running out to direct future growth in Hotchkiss

If you call Hotchkiss home, you have just days left to make your voice heard and help guide future growth and development for your community for the next 10 years. Members of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission and Hotchkiss Town Council are asking residents one last time to be active participants in the community by filling out a short survey, the information from which will be used to draft the town's master plan update.

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Learning the art of self control

Learning the art of self control

There are five secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu karate: Move quickly; have a sound, calm mind; be light in body; have a clever mind; and master the basics. All of those meld together to form two very basic components of the art and discipline of karate: self-control and self-discipline.

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Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor

Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor

It's hard to say what catches the attention of a visitor first: the collective hum of hundreds of buzzing bees nestled in the stalks of 600 blooming lavender plants; or, the deep, vivid purple-hued plants themselves, gorgeously stretched out the length of an orchard, with cherry and peach trees along either side of the neat rows, and the West Elk Mountains as a backdrop. Equally as tantalizing to the senses is the earthy fragrance: the sunshine and soil and fresh, clean air, all of which enhances the warm, rich scent of fresh lavender.

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Discover what's in your own backyard~Agritourism

Discover what's in your own backyard~Agritourism

Dirt under your fingernails. The tang of freshly turned earth in your nose. Blue, blue skies as far as the eye can see and sunshine warm on your back. And in your hand: a hammer, or a shovel, or a bouquet of freshly picked salad greens. If you're looking to experience life on a farm, you need look no further than your own backyard.

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Sudsing up with Dirty Water

Sudsing up with Dirty Water

It's funny how some things seem like chance but then end up being the thing that sets your life in a new direction. Twenty years ago, Crystal Decker belonged to a book-of-the-month club, where she received a new book each month in the mail.

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Bow to your partner...

Bow to your partner...

There was a festive air in the aerobics room at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta a few weeks ago, the scene of the 49th anniversary dance for the Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club. Ladies were dressed in a colorful array of skirts, their turns on the dance floor setting the room aflame in swirls of blues, pinks, reds and purples.

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Cara's 'girls'

Cara's 'girls'

There are animal lovers and then there are animal lovers. Animal lovers have a couple of pets and recognize the joy that animals can bring to your life. The other group, animal lovers like Cara Anderson, are on an entirely different plane.

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What love looks like

A little history lesson on the sweetest of days, Valentine's Day: According to the History Channel, one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.

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When in doubt, throttle out

When in doubt,  throttle out

Seated atop his 85cc motorbike, Cole Carmichael has raced competitively in about 35 races in the past year and a half. He's brought home 16 first place finishes, nine second place finishes, and four third place finishes.

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Red carpet fashion right here at home

Red carpet fashion right here at home

Paris, Milan, New York . . . you'd hardly think that Cedaredge, Colorado, belonged on the list of cities known worldwide as fashion meccas. But then again, only a handful of people have seen the clothing that Mitchell Gronenthal makes, creations gorgeous enough to make grown-up girls long for the days of dress-up.

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A passion for youth ministry

A passion for youth ministry

At the heart of Todd Laws' story is a handful of teachers who took the time to love, support and believe in a kid, and how far-reaching a teacher's dedication can be. In Todd's case, some of his teachers inspired a 30-year ministry with kids through Young Life.

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Back to Basics: An All Natural Mama

Back to Basics: An All  Natural Mama

When her first child, Lilyanna, was born in 2009, Leslie Workman went through what a lot of new moms go through. "I went onto this all-natural kick," she said, and soon was looking for healthier food choices, household cleaners and skin care products.

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All about lavender

All about lavender

The lavender is in full bloom at the aptly-named Sunny Acres Lavender Farm in Orchard City. Named after one of its owners, Sunny Howland, the summer sunshine also beautifully drenches the orchards and fields, making this little farm "sunny" in a lot of ways.

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