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Surface Creek Family Practice participates in partnership to strengthen primary care

Surface Creek Family Practice is one of more than 2,900 primary care practices nationwide participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a partnership between payer partners from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers. This partnership is designed to provide improved access to quality health care at lower costs.

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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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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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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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Crane festival among events this weekend in Surface Creek
Crane festival among events this weekend in Surface Creek

Annual community activities are scheduled to take place this week in Cedaredge as Irish stew and crane watching events are on the calendar.

The local Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority is hosting its traditional Irish stew fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March, 17. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.

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Early CHS grad honored by town
Early CHS grad honored by town

A Cedaredge High School senior who graduated early to pursue her nursing career plans is Orchard City's student of the month for March.

Mikaylah Saenz graduated early last semester from CHS with a 3.8 grade point average.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017

Have you ever taken a big bite out of a crisp apple only to find a half wiggling worm sticking out of the remaining apple? If so, you have been the recipient of a codling moth infested apple, the bane of all growers of apples, pears and even crabapples.

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Energetic volunteer is an asset
Energetic volunteer is an asset

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.

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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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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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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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Day of Prayer brings area Christians together
Day of Prayer brings area Christians together

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?"

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017

And here it is -- March already! And cranes! I can't get enough of them! And they are cooperating. As I gaze out of our dining room window, I know there are cranes at the reservoir. And I am happy!

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TDS customers have faster broadband speeds

TDS Telecommunication Corp (TDSĀ®) 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.

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Garden club explores connection with nature

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.

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Purim and the Fast of Esther

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.

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Eckert producer elected to promotion committee
Eckert producer elected to promotion committee

Beef producer Hugh Sanburg of Eckert has been elected to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board Operating Committee. The election took place in early February during CBB's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

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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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Fire consumes trailer; man dies

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.

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Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations

Editor's note: With a majority of Orchard City trustees expressing interest in marijuana business as a way of raising town government revenue, and with a majority of town residents likely opposed to the idea, thanks to Orchard City resident Matt Soper for compiling a history of the marijuana issue in Orchard City and Delta County. (Sources and references are available.)

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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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Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft
Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft

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.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017

My records show that I have already covered five of the 10 most unwanted weeds in the garden series. The next one is the redstem filaree, a class "C" noxious weed in Colorado.

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017

It is that time of year, and the Crane Hotline will be up and running on March 1. Our Greater Sandhills of the Rocky Mountain Population will soon pass through Hart's Basin Reservoir (also known as Fruitgrowers Reservoir).

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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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