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Oil/gas designee retires

Delta County's local government designee (LGD) for oil and gas regulation issues, Bruce Bertram, has retired from the post.

At the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on Monday he received compliments and thanks for his years of service to the county.

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Agricultural burn generates complaints

County commission chairman Doug Atchley said on Monday that he has asked the county and state health departments to provide statements on a situation at Eckert where smoke from an allowed open burn operation is impacting residents of Horizons West Mobile Home Park and Horizons Care Center.

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POWs/MIAs remembered

POWs/MIAs remembered

Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.

They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.

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County clerk's office hours change Oct. 2

An earlier closing time for business at the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the courthouse was approved by the county commissioners on Monday. Beginning Oct. 2, the closing time will be 4:30 p.m.

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Orchard City has no jurisdiction in burn complaint

The Orchard City Town Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, heard complaints from residents of Horizons West mobile home park about smoke from burning piles of brush near the retirement community.

Deann Thomas, a resident of the park, and three of her neighbors told the town board of smoke and other problems they claim were caused by the burning of brush just north of their senior mobile home park on Running Deer Road.

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Repealing marijuana bans on hold until April election

The Orchard City Town Board acting at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13 voted to rescind its previous decision to proceed with repealing current bans on marijuana business in town.

The town board also voted to place three referred measures on the April 2018 ballot asking voters to decide on new revenue measures for town government.

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Senior Hikers celebrate their heritage

Senior Hikers celebrate their heritage

Mel Edmunds would have totally enjoyed the 15-year reunion of the Cedaredge Hikers at Town Park last week.

After all, having the event was his idea to begin with.

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Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet

Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet

Deann Thomas, a retired physical therapist, says she will raise concerns with the Orchard City Town Board about an agricultural burn operation next to the senior mobile home park where she and elderly neighbors live.

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Orchard City now eyeing 3 tax questions on April ballot

Orchard City's Cannabis Revenue Committee announced last week that it is ready to drop a recommendation for immediate repeal of the town's ordinances which bans marijuana business. The committee had recommended the town repeal current bans on medical and commercial marijuana businesses before taking the question of sales tax from marijuana businesses to the voters. It has drawn notable public opposition.

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Events of 9/11 commemorated

Events of 9/11 commemorated

A ceremony commemorating the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was held in Delta Monday, Sept. 11, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

The event was organized and conducted by members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571.

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Pops in the Park -- 10 years of enriching lives

Pops in the Park -- 10 years of enriching lives

One of Surface Creek Valley's notable lifestyle enhancements took place last Saturday in Cedaredge Town Park.

The 10th annual Pops in the Park concert by the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought a large number of people with chairs, coolers filled with snacks, and their umbrellas for an evening of symphonic music and song.

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State pledges more for enhancement project

The Cedaredge Town Board on Sept. 7 agreed to an offer from CDOT to contribute up to $75,000 more toward eventual completion of the Main Street Enhancement Project. Of the total $75,000, the town will be required to contribute 20 percent, or about $15,000, it was stated at the meeting.

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An impetus to create

An impetus to create

Karen Brueggemann has been creating objects of art her whole life. She has been selling her creative works since she was in junior high school.

But it has been only since she and Ted, her husband of 54 years, began their move to Cedaredge 10 years ago that Karen really began to think of herself as an artist.

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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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