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Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting
Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary Environment Assessment for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the upper North Fork Valley. The letter is signed on behalf of mayor, the board, and town citizens.

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World music coming to 'Paradise'
World music coming to 'Paradise'

For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.

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You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!
You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!

Despite being a drought year, tomatoes are ripening in gardens across the county. Staff at Delta County Libraries are once again aiming to harness some of the excitement about homegrown tomatoes with the fifth annual Tomato Fest in Hotchkiss.

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Crawford okays late fee update

The Sept. 1 meeting of the Crawford town council opened with the mayor reminding residents that school is back in session, so please watch for children and drive carefully.

On the agenda for old business was a franchise tax agreement with TDS Telecom and an update to the water and sewage shutoff ordinance 3-2018.

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Call for artists for Paint Paonia

Paint Paonia is a plein air competition happening on Saturday, Sept. 22. Painters will need to sign in at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts at 226 Grand Avenue, Paonia, starting at 7 a.m.

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18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival set for Sept. 27-30

Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.

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Debate turns into town meeting for Mitsch Bush
Debate turns into town meeting for Mitsch Bush

After facing off Rep. Scott Tipton the night before at the Club 20 debates in Grand Junction, Democrat congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush was in Hotchkiss Sunday, Sept. 9, for another debate. This one, organized by Crawford Area Indivisible, turned into a town meeting.

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Earl Bennett says road building conviction is based on 'untruths'

Earl Bennett, a longtime Delta County resident who recently plead guilty to constructing an unauthorized road on national forest lands, stopped by the DCI office to share his side of the story. He confirms that he was president of the Cathedral Peaks Ranch Landowners' Association, and in 2014 did operate a bulldozer to clear the road, as detailed in a press release published in the Sept. 5 edition of the DCI.

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Paonia town meetings heading to the 'cloud'

Paonia residents will soon be able to access town meeting agendas and other documents and data in "the cloud."

At the Aug. 28 board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a cloud-based meeting and agenda management software system and related contract services from Municode.

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Colorado Grand tours Delta County Friday

Every fall for more than 30 years, classic car enthusiasts from around the world have taken to the highways and byways of Colorado to enjoy the beautiful fall colors for the Colorado Grand. The charity event pairs drivers with classic cars for a multi-day, 1,000 mile route that includes Delta County.

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Paonia rally shines spotlight on climate change

The sounds of music floated through Paonia Park on Saturday. Guitar, flute, even trumpets and trombones interspersed speeches and poems on climate change and the ecological concerns of North Fork residents.

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FFA members make memories at D.C. leadership conference

The week of July 17-22, four of us from our chapter had the incredible opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for a national leadership conference. There were 340 of us from all over the country, even Alaska! Some states had a few dozen students and others had very few.

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Forty-two parks and done
Forty-two parks and done

"As far as I can remember, it all started in 2016," said Marilyn Tate as she sat in her cozy sunny kitchen surrounded by Colorado state park memorabilia. In June 2016 the Hotchkiss resident was planning to visit her daughter Carol in Buena Vista.

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West Nile virus claims life of Ed Marston
West Nile virus claims life of Ed Marston

A memorial service for longtime Paonia resident Ed Marston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Delicious Orchards, 29126 Highway 133.

Marston, 78, was well known in the North Fork and beyond as an environmental journalist and political organizer.

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Crawford taking small steps toward better government

The Crawford Town Council spent a lot of time considering best practices for municipal fiscal sustainability during its August work session.

Early this year the town agreed to participate in a three-year program through the Department of Local Affairs to improve fiscal stability through the implementation of "best practices" for budget and policy development.

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Special meeting called to address BLM omission

The Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, to consider comments to the Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley Field Office regarding the proposed December oil and gas lease sales.

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Tall roof raises building code brouhaha
Tall roof raises building code brouhaha

A newly-constructed single-family house and detached accessory building in Paonia that exceed the maximum allowable roof height under town zoning regulations will be allowed to stand.

Located in the 300 block of Niagara Avenue, the buildings are located on two lots zoned "R-2, Medium-Density Residential."

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Delta County teams headed to ranch rodeo finals

A team from Iron Horse and Cattle in Hotchkiss is among 16 teams that have qualified to compete for both team and individual honors at the Mountain States Ranch Rodeo Finals. The finals will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Montrose County Event Center in Montrose.

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18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival set for Sept. 27-30

Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.

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Paonia approves sidewalk extension
Paonia approves sidewalk extension

Extension of the sidewalk ending just west of the Paonia Library on Third Street to the Samuel Wade Bridge is slated for completion this fall.

A citizen's complaint about the narrow road and its abrupt drop-off at the shoulder prompted prioritization of the project, said trustee Bill Bear.

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Man sentenced for illegally building road on public land

Earl Bennett, age 72, was recently sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher to serve one year of probation and pay $30,000 in restitution for the repair of a road he illegally built on Forest Service land near the Cathedral Peaks Subdivision near Crawford.

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Firor attends summer engineering program

Kaiya Firor of Hotchkiss recently attended the prestigious Women in Engineering (WIE) program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. More than 120 young women from 12 states were accepted into this highly competitive scholarship program.

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Paonia addresses ACLU demand

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is demanding that the Town of Paonia repeal an ordinance it considers un-constitutional.

Paonia was one of 31 towns and cities across the state that received a letter from ACLU Colorado last Tuesday, demanding the repeal of "unconstitutional laws that restrict panhandling."

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