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The Learning Council and North Fork School of Integrated Studies will host two more Thursday lunches this month, taking place on Feb. 20 and 27. February’s previous lunches were on Feb. 6 and 13.

Delta County Reads is a program that brings the community together to read a book and then watch the corresponding film. Delta County Libraries, along with the Blue Sage Literary Committee and the Paradise Theatre, have expanded the program each year since it began in 2016.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia will present a Valentine’s Day vocal recital entitled “Evolutions of Love” on Feb. 15, featuring Stefanie and Graham Anduri: a husband and wife team and professors of vocal studies at Colorado Mesa University. The couple will be accompanied by Susa…

Paonia and Hotchkiss recently announced candidates for the April 7 town council elections while Crawford cancelled its election.

As part of a worldwide tour, musician Samantha Fish has already sold out the Paradise Theater in Paonia for the venue’s Pickin’ N’ Paradise season. The musician will perform songs from her most recent album, “Kill or Be Kind.”

Crawford’s “Old-Timers/Newcomer’s Potluck and Presentation of the Of the Year” dignitaries for business, non-profit, volunteer and teacher will take place Saturday, Feb.8, beginning at 5 p.m. in the upstairs of the Crawford Town Hall.

The town of Hotchkiss will be working on updating its building codes and improving economic development in the near future. Economic development has been an ongoing project said Mayor Larry Wilkening in a recent interview.



The Hotchkiss High School Alumni Fund group rewards a Classified Staff Member at Hotchkiss K-8 and Hotchkiss High School $100 every December. This year the award was given Dec. 20, 2019.

After five years and untold hours of community discussion Paonia Town Trustees found common ground on the town’s lighting issues and unanimously voted to replace nearly 100 lights with dark sky friendly 2,700 Kelvin LED lights and shields.

The Denver District Court has rejected Elevate Fiber’s attempt to have an initial Broadband Deployment Board grant reinstated for high-speed service to west Hotchkiss.

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce opened the new year with its annual membership drive and reminder that its monthly meetings take place the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the town council room at city hall. Chamber meetings are open to the public.

Western Health Screening recently announced that the practice will close permanently on June 30, as owners Bill and Marge Hall are retiring. For residents of the North Fork area, this affected the annual Early Blood Draws and Health Fair that allowed hundreds of residents to stay informed of…

Hotchkiss business owner, rancher and County Planning Commission member Kim Shay has announced her intent to run for the District 3 County Commission seat, facing Wendell Koontz for the position.

“Texas troubadour” Dallas Burrow will open for country crooner Charley Crockett at Paonia’s Paradise Theatre on Jan. 10. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and the pair will continue their tour the following day in Fort Collins.

Think about the bombast of the Big Top and then visualize the Las Vegas extravaganza of Cirque du Soleil. Now think of something in between and add an educational component and you have an idea of what Homestead Circus Productions is shooting for.

A number of Paonia citizens gathered recently to talk about why they chose to stand-up to their town council and petition it to place a water moratorium on the sale of domestic water taps.

Results from Paonia’s first Master Plan Community Survey highlights concerns over housing options and utilities. The second survey, online now, covers economic development, transportation and community sustainability is available until Jan. 6, 2020.

“Let’s Talk, Paonia!” workshops hosted by the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition and the Paonia Creative District will be held Jan. 8 to 11. The workshops led by a CU Boulder theatre and dance group will facilitate conversations related to recent economic and social changes in the community.

Darlene Sprague, RN, has successfully completed a training course in restorative nursing. A long-time employee of Volunteers of America health services, Sprague is now certified as a restorative nurse which allows her to help long-term-care residents maintain or improve their abilities relat…

Approximately 1,000 Paonia voters within the city limits will have the final say on a citizen proposed water moratorium in a special election on Jan. 7. Last October, Paonia’s trustees decided to put the matter in the hands of citizens rather than adopt a moratorium by ordinance via petition…

Paonia Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve both the 2020 Budget and Mill Levy Resolutions during its regular meeting on Dec. 10. The total budget for 2020 is $3.8 million with the mill levy set at 8.322.

Paonia’s town board made progress during the Nov. 26 regular meeting despite tumbling headlong into a lengthy discussion over potential pot sales within city limits.

Nestled in the rolling hills between Hotchkiss and Paonia, the hemp operation known as Zenzen Organics is a unique blend of old-fashioned values and new ideas. To help with weeding, owner Cindie Sorensen acquired a pair of vintage McCormick Farmall Cub tractors which were manufactured in 194…

The 27th Paonia Holiday Craft Fair hosted by the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts delighted holiday shoppers on a mild-fall afternoon. Gift hunters filled the arts hall on Grand Avenue for the two-day event which featured dozens of vendors with uniqu…

Organizers of the 28th annual North Fork Children’s Christmas Party are expecting a record crowd of children and families this year. The annual holiday event distributes gifts to needy children. Each year the party committee sends out applications to local schools to identify children. Now t…

Second Story Studios in Paonia is taking North Fork Valley high altitude art to the next level. Visitors to the atelier on Grand Avenue must traverse century-old stairs to reach the roost above the iconic Blue Sage Hall that occupies the original owners’ residence of the town’s hardware store.

Paonia’s town board made progress during the Nov. 26 regular meeting despite tumbling headlong into a lengthy discussion over potential pot sales within city limits.

The December StoryWalk book on the trail at Crawford State Park is ‘The Mitten’ by Jan Brett. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in. First, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and …

North Fork Senior Connections was awarded a $15,000 grant from Nextfifty Initiative, a private Colorado-based foundation, that will enable the non-profit to expand services to older adults throughout the North Fork Valley.

The Friends of Paonia Library will hold its annual holiday book sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Paonia Library community room. A special holiday table will have great buys on higher value gently-used books, which make wonderful gifts.

The Blue Sage Family Matinee series will host Clarinet Trios with Jun Watabe, clarinet; Matthew Dane, viola; and Susan Ellinger, piano 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. The performers will present works by Mozart, Schumann, Gershwin and others for a fun family event.

The Paonia Board of Trustees voted to raise sewer and water rates while keeping the current garbage rate stable during a special meeting held Nov. 18.

The two panels that broke during engraving of the Miners Plaza memorial wall at Paonia Town Park were installed Oct. 31 by Morris Monument, bringing the number of panels up to 125. Project organizer Dave Bradford states that of the panels, 12 are historical entries and 113 have names of thos…

The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Nov. 12 and took time to honor local achievers. Sue Whittlesby was named Citizen of the Year. Western Slope SUP received Business of the Year honors and the Rogers Mesa Modern Woman’s Club was recognized as Non-Profit of the Year.

The air was filled with anticipation the night of Nov. 15 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia as 10 local non-profit representatives shared their organization’s vision and goals prior to receiving a portion of the $34,375 grant money from the West Elk Community Fund (WECF).

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