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Orchard City continues search for revenue ideas

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore and some of the town board members expressed disappointment that a room full of constituents left immediately following the previous week's community meeting on government revenue and marijuana.

"It was very interesting," Volgamore said during the town board's regular meeting on Feb. 8, "that after we went over the three items, especially the marijuana, that all but four [of the 70 people] got up and left.

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Keeping seniors engaged with art
Keeping seniors engaged with art

Charles Morris of Grand Junction, a Colorado native and an accomplished artist, gave a seminar on his work to other artists in the PACE fine arts program at the Eckert Horizons facility last week.

It was a presentation with a true family flavor as Morris' sister, June, participates in the three-times-weekly art program at PACE, and she served as the model for Morris' demonstration.

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Town puts hold on La Habra II permits, taps

The Orchard City Town Board meeting on Feb. 8 adopted an emergency ordinance placing a moratorium on issuance of building permits or water taps for parcels located in the 17-lot LaHabra II subdivision.

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

Do you think spring is close at hand? You might if you only looked at recent temperatures and not the calendar. As I write this, Denver broke records with a reading of 80°F while we hit highs of upper 60s to lower 70s!

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Garden club sets 2017 calendar

The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge kicked off 2017 with the installation of officers who will serve for the next two years. Each was presented a rose bouquet.

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Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017

Blue sky! It's hard to believe, but it is blue sky! I revel in the warmth of the sun coming through the car windows!

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Jodi Raim Wright named a dairy industry leader
Jodi Raim Wright named a dairy industry leader

Jodi Raim Wright has been involved with dairy cattle since her childhood in Cedaredge, where her family bred registered Holsteins at Raim Dairy. Recently, she was recognized for her extensive, exceptional and wide-reaching contributions to the dairy industry.

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Community turns out to support animal shelter
Community turns out to support animal shelter

A community room dining hall decorated and outfitted by Shelter Shoppe volunteers served as a heart felt "thank you" to hundreds of supporters who attended the 4th Crockpots for Critters fundraiser on Saturday.

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017

It's still trying to snow ... I can't see Jeff's (our neighbor to the south) or Sharla's (our neighbor to the north). But yesterday I had a glimpse of the San Juan Mountains (at least there were angry clouds where I knew those mountains were!)

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Williams family honored with Pioneer Award
Williams family honored with Pioneer Award

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society's Pioneer Award for 2016 was presented to members of the Williams Family during the SCVHS annual meeting and banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday.

The Williams Family traces its roots in western Colorado to the mid 1880s. The first Williams Orchard was planted here in 1921.

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Orchard City residents speak on pot, finances

Residents of Orchard City filled town hall to standing room to tell town board members their views on increasing government revenues and allowing marijuana business to operate there.

A trend of declining revenues the town is experiencing is contributing to depleted cash reserves in town budget funds including the water fund and roads fund, a trustee report has concluded.

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Orchard City board could okay pot without a vote

During the Orchard City town meeting on marijuana and town revenues last week, Mayor Ken Volgamore noted that the town board has the ability to allow marijuana business in the town without putting the issue to a vote of the electorate. However, the mayor did not endorse doing so.

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Town finances not in critical condition

A critical view of Orchard City finances -- a view which has led to proposal of marijuana business and sales tax for the town -- is a view which may seem more alarming than is justified.

There was broad agreement at last week's town meeting that water rates need be raised.

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Banquet celebrates SCVHS work

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday was an opportunity for members to recognize and honor the contributions that so many volunteers make to the enterprise.

Retiring board president Richard Udd served as the emcee, giving recognition to the others who have contributed to the success and continued growth of the society's unique Pioneer Town Museum, events complex and its programs.

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Ice fishing contest hooks 74 hot-blooded anglers
Ice fishing contest hooks 74 hot-blooded anglers

This year's Ice Fishing Contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce brought a record 74 entrants to the wintry expanse of a frozen Island Lake on Grand Mesa last Saturday.

In the adult category the winners as provided courtesy of the chamber were:

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