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Paonia In Motion is nearing the end of its project for the town of Paonia, according to Matt Farrar of Western Slope Consulting, LLC. The multi-month project funded by a GOCO planning grant started this past January after the holidays and pandemic concerns.

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Applefest is back and is all about celebrating all that Cedaredge has to offer.

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In March, President Joe Biden signed into effect the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021. This plan, a $1.9 trillion package overall, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts.

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Delta County Human Services would like to invite the public for a tour of its building from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. The building is located at 560 Dodge Street.

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Delta County rolled out a new version of its COVID-19 Dashboard which offers a date range search function. The county reported a total of 3,386 positive cases, 30 new cases and 78 deaths. From the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a total of 231 persons hospitalized.

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The Mountain Harvest Festival is set to take place Thursday, Sept. 23, though Sunday, Sept. 26. The following are some events going on during this weekend in the North Fork. Visit mountainharvestfestival.org for more information.

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People and their pets are cautioned to avoid contact with water at Crawford Reservoir at Crawford State Park because of a blue-green algae bloom that could be harmful if touched or ingested.

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Delta County eligible voters can expect to see one county initiative, two Delta city measures related to its charter and three statewide proposals on the upcoming November ballot.

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There is a growing concern about how the COVID-19 vaccine mandate will impact staffing at Delta Health’s Hospital and Clinics. Healthcare nationwide is seeing significant shortages, especially in direct patient care staff, but the community could also see an impact in areas of support staff …

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As the aspen trees start to change colors, Colorado’s “leaf-peeping” season is kicking into high gear. While the stunning display of fall foliage is worthy of the annual crowds drawn to the state’s most scenic trails and parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people searching for autumn …

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The North Fork Valley welcomes back the Mountain Harvest Festival for its 20th anniversary. The popular festival typically brings in between 1,000-5,000 people to the town of Paonia and surrounding area every September.

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The school supplies of today look quite different from what they did 20 years ago. Technology has transformed the academic world from preschools to universities alike, and it comes at a high cost.

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The Delta County Sheriff’s Office along with the Cedaredge Fire Department responded to the remote rugged area between Delta and Cedaredge where they located the wreckage of a single engine red biplane early Friday morning.

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Delta County Republicans are hosting a forum for candidates vying for the two open positions for the Delta County School Board. This event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the Surface Creek Community Church (21987 Austin Road) in Austin. The forum begins at 6 p.m. and is scheduled…

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The 20th annual Mountain Harvest Festival gets underway starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Blue Sage Center Sage Alley and Blue Sage Curtis Hall with the popular Harvest of Voices. This year event organizers want your ears.

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Paonia town council recently made a number of interesting decisions including going back to its original policy on public comment, the dismantling of three board committees and flip-flopping on a prior decision to keep the Chief of Police hiring process in house.

September is National Healthy Aging Month. We all know aging is unavoidable, but recognizing that aging can be healthy is not something we all have embraced. We’ve seen our older relatives and friends slowly “go down hill” as we say. True, for some of us there are genetics at play and pre-di…

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the country. In Colorado, the rate of suicide in rural areas is higher than in urban areas, at 27.7 deaths per 100,000 people versus 22.1 per 100,000, respectively. Suicide does not discriminate — people of all backgrounds, income levels and a…

There are actually people who wake up early in the morning, all rip-roaring happy to get underway with the challenges of a new day. My wife is one of these people. She wakes up every morning happy, chipper and talkative, ready to tackle the day with a great exuberance, and everyone else in t…

Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) in Delta held a moving tribute to the first responders, fighter fighters and citizens who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Changes will be coming next summer to the main thoroughfare in Hotchkiss. The town council heard a presentation during its Sept. 9 meeting from several Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) team members on the proposed construction.

Delta County Commissioners held a special meeting on Aug. 30 to review and consider community comments regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission’s preliminary legislative redistricting maps for House District 53 and 55 and Senate District 6 and 7.

The North Fork Miners returned to action after a bye week. They traveled to Monte Vista to face the Pirates. Defensively they pitched a shutout. Offensively they used their ground and pound offense to do all of their scoring.

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Blake Bynum has been in the grocery industry most of his life. The owner of Foodtown (or the “Merc” as many locals call it) in Cedaredge praises the community and his staff that is like a family for his and his family’s success.

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Carving jack-o’-lanterns is a Halloween tradition that both adults and children enjoy. It’s hard to resist an opportunity to carve a funny or scary face into a pumpkin that will soon make its way to the front porch, but there’s another irresistible element to carving pumpkins as well.

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The Cedaredge High School golf team is hitting its team goals and this week, shot its best team score of the season.

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Delta County reported two additional COVID-19 deaths this past week bringing the total to 77. The deceased individuals were a male age older than 85 and a female age 55-64. To date, the county remains in the High Level for community transmission according to the CDC.

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The Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions released its first staff draft plan for House and Senate maps for public review. The newly released maps come on the heels of a letter sent by Delta County Commissioners and other concerned groups. (See: Commissioners make redistricting reco…

Paonia Town Council made a significant change to public comments during its notoriously long board meetings. The new change came about during the Aug. 10 meeting when the board agreed to amend the agenda regarding public input for the Aug. 24 meeting.

On Saturday morning, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Cedaredge firefighter Bill Van Houten led the 9-11 Honor Run. Donations for the event are going to fellow firefighter AJ Navarro and his wife Sierra. Sierra is pregnant with a child named Sawyer who will be in need of a number of heart surge…

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People who were born in the early 1980s and earlier likely spent some time bobbing for apples each fall. Bobbing for apples long has been a classic autumn activity. Yet today’s children may not know what it entails.

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Bill Hellman of Delta’s own Hellman dealerships has become one of the first 50 members of the inaugural Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame, according to a press release out of the organization which states, “His character, innovation, community service and dedication to the industry made Hellm…

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The Cedaredge Bruins had different games this week: one ending in a loss and one with a win.

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The Delta High School Panthers continue to rebuild their team, and suffered another loss during this week’s play.

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Living in Cedaredge, it is so easy for me to hop in the car and head over to the North Fork and West Elks Wine Trail. I love the break from my list of chores and everyday life. It’s like a mini vacation. I have found so many hidden gems and fabulous wineries within an hour of my home. It rea…

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Delta’s cross country team continues to show improvement through the season. Member Paige Kehmeier continues to impress as she places third in the team’s latest meet.

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