North Fork Times
Wednesday July 30, 2014

On July 8, the Paonia Town Council considered a resolution for a special election and two ordinances. Each dealt with retail marijuana sales.

b02 parkPerhaps you have noticed that Apple Valley Park in Paonia is not looking lush and green this summer. Large areas of the grass appear to be dying.

“It was a beautiful park. It’s grass is dying. It’s trees are dying,” says Pete Hylton, a former Paonia trustee. “You know how long it takes to grow a tree. Nobody’s doing anything to help out the trees and the grass in the park. They just started watering it. They hadn’t been watering it for some time. That’s why it’s dying. It’s going to take a long time to turn this around.”

b01 beemers4The big event following Cherry Days is when hundreds of BMW motorcycles converge on Paonia Town Park. The Thursday through Sunday morning event is known as The Top O’ The Rockies Rally.

The BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado hosts the event with the help of local volunteers and non-profits.
Jeff Burns, club president, told the crowd at the awards ceremony Saturday night that last year 463 people paid to attend the rally.

The Town of Hotchkiss held a public hearing on residential marijuana growing regulations on July 10. Mayor Wendell Koontz asked the public to provide input on whether the town should have regulations on fences, setbacks, whether the marijuana is grown inside or outside, and how to have the growing of marijuana plants not become a nuisance to neighbors.

b03 fire2While most folks were recovering from an active and exciting Fourth of July weekend, on Monday, July 7, Hotchkiss Fire District firefighters spent the evening preparing for many residents’ worst nightmare: a wildland fire raging through our neighborhoods. All spring, Chief Doug Fritz and Assistant Chief Steve Schroder have been training HFD firefighters in various aspects of wildland firefighting and response.

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