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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.
The defense and prosecutors agreed on a few points Thursday: Matthew Burge, the Paonia man shot last year, was “very lucky” to have survived and the shooter was Henry Russell.
Charter Communications hosted a Spectrum Internet Assist event with the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia on Sept. 9. During the event, Spectrum presented $2,000 to Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the purchase of technology devices to further their exploration and creativity of digit…
Paonia’s sprawling Mountain Harvest Festival launches its 20th anniversary celebration with the literary arts event of the season. This year’s “Harvest of Voices” reading is set for Sage Alley, a new venue associated with the nonprofit Blue Sage Center for the Arts. The Blue Sage itself is l…
Yuri Chicovsky is an independent filmmaker, photographer, musician, poet, world traveler, outdoorsman and former golf pro — and he’s good at all of it. But when Yuri teaches memoir for seniors, he declares, “I’m doing the work that was put before me.”
The old Hotchkiss High School continues to transform as eager students fill the hallways of the new North Fork High School in Hotchkiss. New signage is up, dirt work on the stadium is underway and the football team will rock some rad looking helmets. The new score clock will soon be up and r…
Paonia Chief of Police Neil Ferguson resigned his position effective Sept. 17. Ferguson made his public announcement during the Aug. 24 town council meeting.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts will be hosting the Ivalas Quartet on Friday, Sept. 10.
In the 1980s, the North Fork Ambulance Association purchased some of the first auto extrication tools for local fire districts, including Hotchkiss Fire. Over the last four decades, Hotchkiss firefighters have augmented that initial donation with thousands of hours of extrication training, a…
“I’ve been writing forever,” Mary Bachran says of her writing history. “I wrote my first official (piece) when I was 12 years old.”
As the graduates of 2021 start on their journey to further their education to reach their goals, the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 would like to announce the recipients of the following individual scholarships through funds provided by Clem Audin Jr. and Evelyn Audin Endowment Fund and the Colo…
The Crawford Town Council met for a regular evening meeting on Aug. 18. The agenda included discussions of an ordinance to regulate the development of a recreational vehicle enterprise which proposes to establish an RV park north of the North Fork town.
Creamery Arts CenterThe Shaman Art Show will continue through the month of August. This show is sponsored by Hotchkiss’ Shamanic Center. Art by Janet Warne will be on display in the Peach Gallery through the end of the month as well.
Western Slope Conservation Center has been diligently tracking the GMUG National Forests Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact findings released to the public on Aug. 13.
Paonia Town Council took a third look at an ordinance that will effectively change the distance for some businesses which offer alcoholic beverages. Town Attorney Bo Nerlin had to clarify that though the board had discussed the ordinance at least twice, it had not been formally introduced.
Sunshine DeHerrera plans to be a chef when she grows up. After a COVID exposure at camp sidelined many of the young cooks who would normally prepare lasagna for a Kids’ Pasta Project dinner, the blond 10-year-old wielded her spoon like a pro as she supervised novice adult volunteers layering…
On Aug. 14, the North Fork Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its 10th annual fundraising banquet at Zack’s BBQ in Hotchkiss.
The town of Hotchkiss and the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a meet n’ greet for Marshal Scott Green at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Creamery Arts Center (165 W Bridge St.).
Nonprofits serving Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford and the surrounding communities are encouraged to apply to the West Elk Community Fund (WECF), a local community fund, managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF). Nonprofits must be a 501c3 or other qualified charitable entity s…
Paonia Town Council remained undecided on what to do with just over $16,000 in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CVRF) money following an update and a request by the town administrator to retain the remaining funds for additional business grants.
Trustees in Paonia unanimously approved rescinding the town’s local emergency disaster declaration that was first issued on March 23, 2020. Mayor Mary Bachran stated during the July 27 regular business meeting that since the governor has rescinded most of the public health orders and the tow…
The Town of Paonia recently held a work session with the North Fork Valley Airport Advisory Committee to discuss the future of the rural airport. The work season held on July 13 was called following a visit to the town board from Delta County Commissioner Wendell Koontz.
North Fork EMS has been awarded the State of Colorado EMTS Provider Grant to help it purchase a new ambulance and also to sponsor an Injury Prevention Program for the North Fork valley. This is a 50% matching fund grant and the pool of money comes from a $2 fee per vehicle registration in Colorado.
Friends of the late Judy Coyle celebrated her life and contribution to the North Fork Pool on July 17.
The U.S. solar industry is on the upswing, thanks to a pro-renewables presidential administration and increased concern over climate change.
Weed control workshops available
The Hotchkiss Alumni Association recently announced its scholarship recipients.
Nelson Rangell, internationally renowned recording artist, will be performing at Azura Cellars and Gallery at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, as part of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts concert series.
Christy Hawk has been named the 2020 Colorado CattleWoman of the Year. Hawk was nominated for the prestigious honor by a fellow member of the Black Mesa CattleWomen.
Paonia United Methodist Women thrift shop invites the public to a cleaning out and going out of business one day event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Any number of items can be selected for free; however, monetary donations will be accepted.
Blue Sage happeningsEcstatic Dance will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays in July. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for those 65 and older and students. Accompanied children are free. Blue Sage is located at 228 Grand Ave. in Paonia.
First Colorado National Bank Chairman and CEO Stan Park announced his retirement Friday, after 14 years of service. After a 39-year career overall in banking, Park said he is ready to spend time with his wife and family and explore new adventures.
Region 10 resources coming up
Quality health care and access to vital emergency medical service when needed is a part of what makes the North Fork valley such a special place to live. In 2018 the voters put the first public funding in place to sustain quality ambulance service in our valley.
Hotchkiss Elks recently presented its Beacon Grant for $2,500 to the Cleft of Hope Ministry, a non-profit Christian ministry that exists to serve anyone in need. The ministry’s main focus is to support first responders, veterans and their families by offering services and cabin stays that al…
With last year’s COVID cancellations in the rearview mirror, Paonia gears up for the 75th annual Cherry Days Festival July 2-4.
Along with Cherry Days activities comes the return of Cherry Days Royalty.
Get ready for some parade fun with the Cherry Days Independence Day parade.
Get ready to compete!