North Fork Times
Friday November 21, 2014

b01 chamber3The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce had its annual dinner and awards presentation at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Emblem Club provided dinner.
The chamber board includes president Nathan Sponseller, vice president Bill Long, communications secretary Katherine Colwell, Mary Hockenbery and Rhonda Duclo. Two members of the board are departing. They are recording secretary Tom Wills and treasurer Elaine Brett. Sue Whittlesey and Carrie Yantzer were elected to join the board. The board will elect officers at an upcoming meeting for the next year.

b01 berryJane Berry, Paonia’s new town manager, has served in various forms of local government since 1975. She just received her 35-year award with the International City Manager Association. Her first town council meeting was last Wednesday, Nov.12. Her first day on the job at town hall was Nov. 3. And in between those dates she has found a home in the area and hopes to close the week of Christmas, and move in the first or second week in January.
Berry is originally from Michigan. She has worked as a city manager, a town manager and a county manager.  She has also served as an assessor, did planning and zoning, worked on grants and was even a substitute teacher. She moved to upper state New York when she married her husband 13 years ago. When her husband was transferred to Ohio, Berry worked in city management there. Another transfer sent her to Nebraska where she did grant work and became the city administrator.

Dale Maxwell of Hotchkiss is a proud veteran having served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and another 10 years in the reserve. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

According to Adrienne Jacobson, public information officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections, Kristin Chesnik “has been granted a progressive move from the community corrections location she was housed at to Intensive Supervised Parole — Inmate (ISP-I) status in Delta, Colorado.
“ISP-I inmates are still considered inmates; not parolees.

Karen Good, one of the founders of Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, looked around at all the busy workers finishing the Art Wall this fall. Over 100 people have donated their time to create this fanciful wall that so fits the character of this artists’ haven.

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