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The upcoming “Story Share” will feature five families in the North Fork and highlights a collaborative effort between community members, talented storytellers, visual artists, writers, and improv theater all working to bring a local family’s story and history to life.

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Delta County Sheriff’s Office will provide backup service for the Hotchkiss Marshal’s Office at no charge. The good news was announced by Mayor Larry Wilkening during the June 10 town council meeting. Wilkening told the council that he had several meetings with Delta County Sheriff Mark Tayl…

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Due to the drought and extremely dry conditions in the North Fork area the Town of Hotchkiss is implementing Stage 1 Fire ban effective Friday, June 18, and will remain in place until further notice.

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Citizens attending the Paonia town meeting on June 8 had a number of comments and questions regarding the recent JDS Hydro water study to open the meeting. Mayor Mary Bachran said, unfortunately Town Administrator Corinne Ferguson was not in attendance to field the questions.

One of the best small town celebrations in Western Colorado is back this year after taking a break due to COVID-19. The 42nd Crawford Pioneer Days highlights the best of country living with the theme “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams.”

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Paonia - The second annual Sick Tree Day is set for Saturday, June 26. The Paonia Tree Board will visit yards of those scheduling a visit and diagnose any tree problem they might have and prescribe targeted management solutions. The visiting group includes tree board members, CSU extension s…

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The Delta County Board of County Commissioners, Western Slope Conservation Center and The Nature Connection hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Delta County Fairgrounds Boat Ramp and River Access on Saturday, May 29.

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season in the North Fork Valley. Here’s a look at a few events for the month of June in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.

Mayor Larry Wilkening reminded citizens that due to current drought conditions the town will continue its outdoors watering restrictions. The mayor called upon Public Works Director Mike Owens for his input during the May 13 meeting.

North Fork School of integrated studies (NFSIS) received a grant to host a two-week residency of Celebrate the Beat (CTB) at the school. The final CTB performance was held on May 7 at Paonia Town Park.

It was a fabulous day for the annual Ute Trails Car Club car show held Saturday on a lush green lawn behind Zack’s BBQ in Hotchkiss. The car show, which served as a welcomed relief from the COVID-19 pandemic, set an all-time record with 237 unique vehicles in attendance.

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The 18th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials over Mother’s Day weekend proved to be just what the doctor ordered. The three-day event belonged to both the dogs and their handlers as they tested their skills on the grassy course in Hotchkiss.

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The Paonia Tree Board and Town of Paonia marked April 30 as Arbor Day with an annual tree-planting ceremony. This year’s selected tree is a bur oak, the dominant tree at the Arbor Day Foundation farm in Nebraska.

The 18th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials take place Friday-Sunday, May 7-9. More than 50 handlers have signed up for the trials and, because some handlers have entered more than one dog, nearly 70 animals will be put through their paces in the broad fields just south of downtown…

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Paonia town council wrapped up its retail and medical marijuana ordinance with the second reading and passage. Stores could open late summer or early fall.

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May 7-9 marks the 18th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials, plus the town of Hotchkiss will be hopping all weekend with other events.

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The Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials are set for this weekend. For times and a general order of events, see the front page of today’s DCI. The trial course is designed to test a dog’s ability to maneuver sheep in a calm, controlled manner. According to the 2019 Stock Dog Trials brochure…

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Colorado Lottery recently recognized North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District Crossroads Park Ball Field Complex in Hotchkiss with its 2021 Starburst Award. The annual award recognizes excellence in how organizations use lottery funds for community and conservation projects.

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KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio was recently recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA). The station with studios in Paonia and Montrose earned four awards of excellence for its top-notch public affairs, entertainment and news reporting.

Following a lengthy discussion on the town’s retail marijuana ordinance, Paonia trustees chopped the number of stores and licenses in half. Until last Tuesday night’s meeting, the board had agreed that six locations and a total of 12 licenses was acceptable.

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The newly-minted North Fork Miners will sport black and red beginning this fall at the combined Hotchkiss/Paonia High School. The change in name, mascot, colors and location comes after decades of fans cheering for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs and the Paonia Eagles.

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The Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials are a go this year and organizers need a work crew of community members to help with the all-important task of setting up fences and holding pens. Help will be needed about a week prior to the May 7-9 trials. Interested volunteers are urged to leave …

On April 15, 1981, a mining disaster at the Dutch Creek No. 1 Mine outside of Redstone, Colorado, claimed the lives of 15 coal miners. A methane and coal dust explosion hit the 102 longwall development section of the mine operated by Mid-Continent Resources around 4 p.m.on a Wednesday afternoon.

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Last year Delta County Commissioners tossed out the idea of making changes at the North Fork Transfer Station near Hotchkiss. The topic generated a lot of community discussion and then seemed to fall off the radar. Well, the discussion is back as commissioners recently held a work session to…

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Citizens for a Healthy Community and Working Films are launching the Youth Rising Film Fest on April 14. This three-part virtual film and discussion series will take April, May and June.

Walking in to “Wellness Vitality,” you’re invited to take off your shoes and relax. Yes, take off your shoes.

Paradise Theatre and Pickin’ Productions are partnering up for an outdoor spring and summer music series. The concert series “Live Music Still Soothes the Soul 2021” will be held in Poulos Park due to continuing COVID-19 concerns.

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Paonia trustees extended the town’s emergency disaster declaration, reviewed its meeting schedule, took a peek at street closures and approved a farmers’ market all during last month’s second meeting.

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The Town of Hotchkiss is conducting an online survey to gauge public interest for a possible trail to link the town with the high school campus and recreation district on Highway 92. The link to the survey can be found at the town’s website.

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