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Paonia names new town administrator

Following an executive session at the Jan. 10 board meeting, trustees for the Town of Paonia voted unanimously to offer the job of town administrator to Kenneth Knight. Knight, who accepted the job, was one of 36 to apply for the position and was one of two finalists after interim town manager Dan Dean accepted a job in Kimball, Neb.

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Former Paonia town manager topic of executive session

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the Town of Paonia Town Board of Trustees, the board held an hour-long executive session to receive advice from town attorney David Marek specific to former town manager Jane Berry.

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Hotchkiss council okays donation to stock dog trials
Hotchkiss council okays donation to stock dog trials

Despite a tight budget the Hotchkiss council voted to support the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trial event with a $500 donation. The 14th annual trials will be held May 12-14, which is also Mother's Day weekend.

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Paonia moves ahead with water ordinance, rate hike

Paonia water customers can expect to see an increase in their utility bill beginning in March. At the Jan. 10 board meeting, trustees approved a 2-percent increase in water user fees and base rates.

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Paonia Literary Committee hosts 'Paonia Reads'

If you're looking for a cure for your cabin fever, the Paonia Literary Committee has some ideas.

The committee that brought you Valley Voices, the Harvest of Voices and the Write-On Anthology will present its inaugural "Paonia Reads," a program encouraging adults and students to engage themselves in reading Sherman Alexie's National Book Award winner, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

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Paonia chamber annual meeting is Jan. 25

The Paonia Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paonia Public Library.

Members will gather to celebrate the past year's accomplishments, elect new board of director members and honor award winners.

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Hotchkiss FFA alumni plan kickoff meeting

The Hotchkiss FFA Alumni is supported by the Colorado FFA Alumni and the National FFA Alumni in their vision of students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.

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Crawford votes to consult with attorney

Trustees on the Crawford Town Council voted at the Jan. 4 council meeting to consult with the town attorney on pending litigation. The vote was made following an executive session to receive legal advice on litigation questions from town attorney Jim Brown, who was present at the meeting.

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Town donates to Paonia Senior Center

At the Jan. 10 board meeting, Paonia trustees unanimously approved a request from the Paonia Senior Center for a $3,000 donation. Representative Lynne Bear made the request to the board.

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Supporting Alzheimer's caregivers

Crawford resident Jess Deegan wants caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia in Delta County to know that they are not alone.

Dr. Deegan facilitates the Dementia-Caregiver Support Groups in Hotchkiss, Surface Creek and Delta.

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Hotchkiss officer now sheriff's deputy
Hotchkiss officer now sheriff's deputy

After almost five years with the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, Gates Shaklee has accepted a position with the Delta County Sheriff's Office. Officer Shaklee joined the department in April, 2012.

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Bowie withdraws gasification request

Bowie Resources, LLC., has withdrawn its application to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in Denver for a technical revision in the permit application for the Bowie No. 2 Mine located near Somerset.

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Catching up with Sharon's Kids
Catching up with Sharon's Kids

The Crawford-based organization Sharon's Kids wrapped up a successful 2016 with a snowboarding trip on Dec. 30 to Powderhorn.

The outreach program provides year-round activities to deserving elementary and middle school kids in the North Fork area and Delta County.

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Hart fundraiser set for Saturday

Whether you're a master at the game of pool, or you just want to do something to support a good cause, hustle down to Thomas Waldo's this Saturday and support the fundraiser for Clarence "Bill" Hart.

Hart, a 15-year veteran officer on the Paonia Police Department, military veteran, husband and father of three, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer.

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North Fork group to join Denver Women's March

A grassroots effort to have the North Fork Valley represented at the Jan. 21 Women's March on Denver is growing. The march is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Denver's Civic Center Park.

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Paonia welcomes high-speed connections
Paonia welcomes high-speed connections

When Mike and Gretchen King moved to Paonia to start Revolution Brewing, they brought with them an unconventional business model based not so much on profit as on progressive ideas that support the community. It's worked well, said Mike King. The Rev will celebrate its ninth anniversary this May.

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Crawford recall ballots to be mailed the week of Jan. 17

Ballots for the Feb. 7 election to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth will arrive in mail boxes as early as Jan. 18. Delta County chief deputy clerk Rene Loy Maas said the county expects to mail out ballots the week of Jan 17.

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Hotchkiss to update master plan in 2017

The Town of Hotchkiss is preparing for a periodic review of its community master plan in 2017 and is hoping for public input and participation.

The Hotchkiss Community Master Plan, in part, provides a statement of community goals and objectives and an assessment of the town's needs, said Tom Wills, a trustee and lead planner on the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.

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