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Paonia Holdings revises land use change application

A joint meeting of the Delta County Planning and Zoning Commission and Upper North Fork Area Planning Committee to hear comments regarding a land use change application at a former coal load-out near Paonia was rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Paonia Town Hall.

An on-site meeting for "ancillary property" located on Stevens Gulch Road was also rescheduled for 3 p.m. this Friday, May 19, at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.

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Paonia trustee questions board behavior, sanctions threatened

The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering sanctions against a trustee after he released a series of board-related emails during a recent public meeting.

At the May 9 board meeting, trustee Bill Brunner provided copies of emails, sent during 2016 and 2017, to the media and the town clerk.

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Neighbors seek help with trailhead parking issues
Neighbors seek help with trailhead parking issues

As hiking and biking season begins, residents of Pan American Subdivision are requesting that the Town of Paonia place parking signs at the Jumbo Mountain trailhead.

Ali Lightfoot lives at the top of Pan American Avenue, which is also the main access to Jumbo Mountain.

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Historic school bell  may soon be back home
Historic school bell may soon be back home

The Friends of the Crawford Town Hall have their sight set on a new goal: getting the historic schoolhouse bell returned to the old school building and the current town hall and community center. Now that the town hall has been renovated, many in the community want to see the bell back at the original location, town trustee Hetty Todd explained.

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TDS outage affects local email service

According to TDS public relations manager Deanne Boegli, on Friday a widespread outage affected TDS Telecom email customers throughout the U.S., including Delta County and western Colorado. Outages affected local services for about six hours.

On Friday, May 12, said Boegli, TDS network services and engineering teams were working to restore services, and customers could get updates through a blog at blog.tdstelecom.com.

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Volunteers offer 'a little help' to seniors
Volunteers offer 'a little help' to seniors

Last Saturday some 40 volunteers with A Little Help North Fork Valley descended on the homes of senior residents to provide a little help.

ALH is a Denver-based nonprofit that connects neighbors and helps seniors thrive. Held each spring and fall, Service Saturdays provide an opportunity for members to receive assistance with various chores in and around the house.

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Crawford chamber launches beautification project
Crawford chamber launches beautification project

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce has set out to beautify downtown and make the business sector more welcoming and inviting to travelers by launching a beautification project they hope to wrap up within the year.

The first phase is to install planter boxes at businesses in town; the board hopes to have six boxes constructed, placed and filled with flowers before Pioneer Days on June 8.

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Elsewhere Studios project awarded $25,000 Arts in Society grant

Elsewhere Studios in Paonia has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Arts in Society Program, a collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Elsewhere was chosen as one of 21 recipients from a field of over 265 applicants.

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Crowds flock to Hotchkiss stock dog trials
Hotchkiss Stock Dog Trials were a huge success! Photo by Tamie Meck
Crowds flock to Hotchkiss stock dog trials

With the exception of a little wind, the weather couldn't have been more cooperative for the 14th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials. The three-day event drew some 75 dog/handler teams, and some of the biggest crowds in recent history.

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Crawford council tackles safety, vacancy policies

At the recommendation of CIRSA, the insurance cooperative the Town of Crawford uses, trustees implemented new safety procedures for town staff last week.

Public works director Bruce Bair prepared three policies and presented them to trustees for consideration.

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Messy kitchen prompts new fee in Crawford

After a church group washed greasy dishes in the commercial kitchen at Crawford Town Hall, and after public works director Bruce Bair had to spend three hours cleaning out the grease trap, the town council has decided to implement a $75 refundable cleaning deposit to all entities that use the facility.

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Land use change eyed for Bowie load out
Land use change eyed for Bowie load out

An application to the Delta County Board of County Commissioners for a land use change at a former coal load out site north of Paonia is drawing skepticism and criticism from neighbors, who are requesting that that the land be returned to its original state under its current permit.

Mark Levin, with Dumont, Colo.-based Paonia Holdings, LLC, has applied for a land use change to "commercial and light industrial use" under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations, for parcels located at 41322 and 41402 Hwy. 133.

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North Fork river float, festival is June 3
North Fork river float, festival is June 3

The Western Slope is pulling out its paddles and PFDs for Western Slope Conservation Center's 17th annual Float Fest Saturday, June 3. This year, the Conservation Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the completion of the new one-mile loop at the Paonia River Park.

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Hotchkiss stock dog trials a 3-day event
Hotchkiss stock dog trials a 3-day event

What started 14 years ago as the Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials has grown into a community-wide event. Over the years numerous activities have grown up around the trials, held annually over the Mother's Day weekend.

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