Do you have a story to tell about the North Fork Valley?
Jessica Kahkoska and the Notch Theatre Company are partnering to create a play based on stories about the North Fork Valley.
For those who missed the June 1 meeting in Paonia, the nonprofit A Little Help North Fork Valley (formerly Aging in Place) will hold informational meetings in Crawford and Hotchkiss on Thursday, June 23.
Group representatives will briefly describe the grassroots efforts that led the group to the Denver-based A Little Help, and give an overview of the organization and how it works. The nonprofit, which seeks to help seniors remain independent and living in their homes for as long as possible, also seeks members, volunteers, paid service providers, and individuals willing to help with outreach and fundraising.
A project that will analyze water demands and create a planning framework for future infrastructure improvements on the North Fork of the Gunnison River is now underway.
This undertaking is the result of collaboration between Trout Unlimited, North Fork Water Conservancy District and Western Slope Conservation Center. All of these groups hope to produce a planning document that can help guide water projects on the North Fork in the years to come.
The coal storage silo at the Oxbow Mine got taken down Friday morning, marking the end of an era and, some said, a way of life.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. the silo, built in 1969 in the heart of Somerset, collapsed with a thunderous boom and a dense cloud of coal dust after 300 pounds of dynamite demolished the structure.
With news of more North Fork Valley mine closures and losses of jobs and tax revenues, attracting business to the North Fork Valley is a hot topic right now. Almost 100 people packed the Paonia Library meeting room last week to hear about all the good things planned and already happening in Delta County.
The North Fork Valley Community Stage and Parade Band is looking for members. Co-directed by David Alderdice and Jeannette Carey, the band is designed for students of music of all ages who have access to an instrument and skills to play at least at a beginner level.
"Arch is open for business, and our mining operations will continue without interruption."
After voluntarily filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, Arch Coal, the owner of the local West Elk Mine, assured employees mine operations nationwide will continue "today and tomorrow as we did yesterday -- safely, responsibly and efficiently."
A recently completed two-year study shows surface, spring and groundwater samples collected throughout the North Fork area testing below method federal detection limits for a list of major ions, metals and volatile organic compounds that can occur during the process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The results of the study are contained in the recently released "2014-2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report."
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