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Paonia board approves three grant applications

Paonia board approves three grant applications

Paonia trustees recently approved three grant applications for the town, two related to parks and recreation, and a third related to marijuana enforcement.

A $45,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Local Park and Outdoor grant would go toward "substantial improvements" to Poulos Park.

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Paonia declares opposition to Amendment 74

The Paonia board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution opposing an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that voters will be asked to consider in the Nov. 6 ballot.

The resolution states that Amendment 74, "Compensation to Owners for Decreased Property Value Due to State Regulation Initiative," or the "Just Compensation" initiative, would "drastically limit state and local government services at a high cost to taxpayers."

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Eagles focus on final net tilts before districts

Eagles focus on final net tilts before districts

With district tournaments less than two weeks away, the Eagles volleyball team is now 6-4 following last week's losses to the top two teams in the 2A/1A Western Slope League.

With two games remaining, Paonia is now focusing on holding on to its No. 3 spot in league standings.

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Paonia plays well in volleyball loss to Bruins

Paonia plays well in volleyball loss to Bruins

A strong focus in defense was apparent in Cedaredge's Oct. 2 win over Paonia.

The match was highlighted by long rallies and big hits.

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Paonia moves up in grid poll with win over Olathe

Paonia moves up in grid poll with win over Olathe

Paonia's three senior running backs combined for three offensive touchdowns and a touchdown on special teams in the Eagles' 41-0 win over Olathe Friday night at Dan Lawrence Field. The win came despite four turnovers.

A first-possession, 48-yard touchdown run by Anthony Felice set the tone for the game.

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Paonia scores volleyball wins over NP, Soroco

Paonia scores volleyball wins over NP, Soroco

Paonia is now 8-6 overall and 6-2 in the 2A Western Slope League following conference wins over North Park and Soroco.

The wins came on the heels of a hard-fought, 3-0 loss to Cedaredge, which Paonia lost by a total of 11 points.

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Ames sets Delta cross country mark on cool day

Ames sets Delta cross country mark on cool day

John Ames knew heading into last Friday's Pantherfest Cross Country meet that it could be his last chance to break the Delta High School record. Rather than focus on his split times at the end of each mile, he took off his watch.

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Hotchkiss volleyball wins get elusive

Hotchkiss volleyball wins get elusive

The Hotchkiss volleyball team dropped to 4-11 overall this week on losses to Soroco and North Park.

On Friday, Oct. 5, Hotchkiss took Soroco to five games but fell short in a 3-2, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 10-15 conference loss.

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Bartlett re-shatters mark

Bartlett re-shatters mark

Paonia senior Ethan Bartlett shattered his own school cross country record at the Pantherfest Invitational Cross Country meet with a time of 16 minutes, 27.84 seconds. His time gave him a ninth-place finish out of a field of 112 runners.

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Delta exchange students enjoy school, running

Delta exchange students enjoy school, running

Alzbeta Hofmanova and Kateryna Ivlieva are making the best of their school year at Delta High School.

Hofmanova is from Prague, Czech Republic, and Ivlieva is from Kiev, Ukraine.

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Paradise launches capital campaign

Paradise launches capital campaign

Since 1928, Paonia's downtown movie theater has been an integral part of the town and the North Fork Valley community. Originally built after the Gayety theater burned down, the Paonia Theater opened Oct. 5, 1928.

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Memorial space available still in Miner's Statue Plaza

Memorial space available still in Miner's Statue Plaza

With renovation of the Miner's Statue Plaza at Paonia Town Park completed this summer, the committee overseeing the project is hoping to begin installing granite plaques on the two memorial walls installed as part of the project. The walls are intended to commemorate miners and those who contributed to development of the North Fork Valley, the community, industries and Paonia Town Park.

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Delivering the mail for 60 years

Delivering the mail for 60 years

When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.

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Unexpected turns...

Unexpected turns...

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.

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'Elf the Musical' a hit

'Elf the Musical' a hit

It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.

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An emblem of school pride

An emblem of school pride

Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.

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Branching out

Branching out

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.

Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.

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For the moral good of the people. . .

For the moral good of the people. . .

Paonia United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Dunkel is a third-generation coal miner, but he's not from the North Fork area. He grew up in Creede. At age 26 he was called to serve the United Methodist Church, and a year ago he was assigned to Paonia.

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A dog's eye  view of  Lewis & Clark

A dog's eye view of Lewis & Clark

The story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is among the most well-known and studied voyages of all time. It has been told and retold from the human perspective. But what did the dog see?

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In pursuit of a dream

In pursuit of a dream

It's hard to imagine that a 15-year-old farm girl living on the side of a mountain outside of Crawford could become a top 14 finalist on the glitzy hit show American Idol. But Jeneve Rose Mitchell believed she could, and so did her family.

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Bringing the challenges of   migrant farmworkers into focus

Bringing the challenges of migrant farmworkers into focus

Since 1992, photographer Celia Roberts has crisscrossed Colorado and the country documenting the nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As a result, her life has taken on new meaning.

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Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Eleven-year-old Haylee is busy de-stemming and slicing bright red strawberries for lemonade-strawberry slushies. As she carefully cuts with a chef's knife she explains how she helps her mom prepare dinner at home.

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Neighbor helping neighbor

Neighbor helping neighbor

Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.

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Helping hands!

Helping hands!

These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.

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Investing in paradise

Investing in paradise

Since the early part of the 20th century, seeing movies on the big screen has been an American tradition. The big screen came to Paonia in October 1928, when an enterprising citizen named Tom Poulos opened the Paonia Theatre on Grand Avenue.

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Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.

"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.

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Good vibrations!

Good vibrations!

When it comes to music, David Alderdice wants his students to say "yes" to opportunity.

A world-class percussionist and session drummer, Alderdice has collaborated with musicians from throughout the world.

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A unique  legacy in books

A unique legacy in books

To say that Katherine Colwell has authored many books is a misnomer.

To explain her numerous works, including her showpiece, "Red White and Blue in Utah 1988," forget that books are made of pages, bound between two covers, read left to right, front to back.

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