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Thanks to the focus and hard work of the Mitchell family, the small town of Crawford houses a dedicated health clinic for its residents. Jenny Mitchell, her husband Tim Mitchell and their daughter Jeneve Rose Mitchell, have combined their unique talents to provide the Crawford community with…

Paonia’s 19th annual Mountain Harvest Festival runs Sept. 26-29, but such a big festival can hardly be contained in such a short timeframe. A handful of events happen early, and other events require a bit of planning.

In the 23 years since the Town of Paonia last updated its comprehensive plan, a lot has changed in the world of community planning, said Paonia town planning coordinator Evan Bolt. Just looking at the existing plan — a 36-page Word document, it’s hard not to notice that it is void of maps, g…

At the weekly senior lunch at the Hotchkiss senior center Sept. 13, the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge 1807 came bearing a sizeable gift for Hotchkiss seniors; a check for $1,250 to cover the cost of lunches. The funds will be used going forward until the money is depleted. The Elks also contributed t…

Edgar Macias-Moreno will spend between 25 and 40 years in prison for strangling Madelaine Loh last year in Hotchkiss.



Solar Energy International (SEI) held a special event at its Paonia facility on the evening of Sept. 5. Organizing the event was Pete Kolbenschlag, of Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, who invited people involved in the solar industry and other members of the community. The panel discussion a…

The Cirque Cyclery and Remedy, 232 Grand Avenue, is showing “Women of the Valley.” The exhibit features seven local female artists: Olive Love, Jen Sanborn, Robin Arthur, Mandy Cotten, Melissa Jaffee, Shannon Richardson and Spencer Mahaffey Lightfoot. From abstract to realism, watercolor to …

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Pueblo is home to four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. This distinction has earned Pueblo the title of “Home of Heroes,” awarded by Congress in 1993 in recognition of the services of Army and Marine heroes from four wars. The city has hosted two Congressional Medal of Honor Society …

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For a last blast of summer, the Crawford Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to its third annual summer social potluck, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Crawford State Park Peninsula.

Edgar Macias-Moreno on Thursday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as an act of domestic violence in the 2018 strangulation death of Madelaine Loh.

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Bruce Bair, Crawford’s public works director, brought a months-long discussion to a close at the town council meeting Sept. 4.

About a year ago, the Town of Hotchkiss put in a new water tank, Public Works Director Mike Owens said. However, before the tank is used, the last thing that needs to be done is for the aluminum lid to be sealed to the steel tank.

A small audience that included members of the media and a handful of Paonia citizens waited to hear the fate of Paonia town administrator Kenneth Knight the evening of Sept. 4 during a special meeting called by the board of trustees, but no final decision was made. To start the meeting, the …

At the Aug. 27 board meeting trustee Karen Budinger spoke in favor of considering marijuana as a viable source of revenue for street improvments. During the finance and personnel committee report to the board, Budinger said the town’s enterprise funds can pay for items like a new trash truck…

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Paonia resident Lynn Mattingly’s plans for a development on Clark Avenue in Paonia were rejected by the Paonia Town Council by a 4-2 vote. Mattingly’s proposal was to turn the end of Clark Avenue into a cul-de-sac surrounded by lots that would allow for six “modest resid…

Paonia Town Clerk Corinne Ferguson will act as interim town administator while the town board of trustees conducts a search for a permanent administrator. At the Aug. 27 town meeting, the board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Ferguson interim town administrator, effective immediatel…

The Town of Paonia committed to paying toward a new roof for the Ellen Hansen (Smith) Teen Center at Paonia Town Park. The building, which is used year-round, is owned by the town, with operations and activities overseen by an all-volunteer teen center board of directors.

The Colorado Grand car tour will stop for lunch in Paonia from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Ellen Hansen (Smith) Teen Center at Paonia Town Park. Hosted by the Ute Trail Car Club, residents will have the opportunity to see nearly 100 spectacular high-end pre-1960s sports and race…

Becky Kiefer grew up in Kansas and the heart of American agriculture. She learned home economics through the Future Homemakers of America, had friends in 4-H, went to county fair and learned where her food came from. Without those experiences, said Kiefer, a teacher at North Fork Montessori …

Touch of Care, a diversified home care agency, was started in Delta in 2001 to serve its communities and provide meaningful employment. Touch of Care now operates in 13 central and western Colorado counties.

Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Care PACE is pleased to announce Keith Howell as their new Director of Operations. This is a new role created to support the future growth of the PACE program in Montrose and Delta Counties. Howell has been with the organization since 2010.

Photographers are invited to participate in Picture Paonia, a photo competition and exhibition held biannually in conjunction with the annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This year’s festival runs Sept. 26-29. Participating photographers are asked to capture an image that focuses on Paonia’s h…

In a discussion of ongoing amendments to the Town of Hotchkiss mobile home regulations, Mayor Larry Wilkening presented a rough draft at the town’s April work session. However, when changes to the mobile home regulations came up for discussion at last week’s regular council meeting, several …

The Paonia Board of Trustees appointed Mary Bachran as the local government designee to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The designee program allows local governments to provide input to the state oil and gas permitting and regulatory process.

A grass roots group of about 20 families is pushing for consolidation of Hotchkiss and Paonia High Schools. The group is a loosely knit consortium of parents and maintains a website at northforkconsolidate.com. Those wishing to communicate with the group through the website can also remain a…

The People's Picnic, a free concert featuring the Grand Junction-based country blues and rock ensemble Williams Brothers Band, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Paonia Town Park. Hosted by the grassroots organization North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates the event provide…

In a July 29 special meeting, the Paonia board of trustees needed only one of two executive sessions listed on the agenda before taking swift action against town administrator Ken Knight.

In a July 29 special meeting, the Paonia board of trustees needed only one of two executive sessions listed on the agenda before taking swift action against town administrator Ken Knight.

Delta County Fair 2018-2019 royalty (from left), junior princess Roan Spencer, princess Electra Lovato, and queen Kenda Faulkner with 2019-2020 queen candidate Sierra Nelson, princess candidate Ella Jensen and princess candidate Taneal Braslin Sunday during the royalty contest and judging at…

The Paonia board trustees held a special meeting July 30 to discuss the recent harassment complaint filed against town administrator Ken Knight, and public comments made by Knight and others at the July 23 board meeting.

Barrel racing is one of the events that will be held at the Delta County Fair Junior Rodeo. Events also include pole bending, a goat tail untie, break-away and calf roping, team roping, a flag race, goat tying, calf riding, calf touching, and of course, mutton bustin. The Junior Rodeo begins…

The biggest event of the 2019 Delta County Fair is the Demolition Derby. The action starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Drivers are 18 and older and cars, modified to specifications, are generally older models from the 1970s -- the Ford LTDs and Crown Victorias, Chevy Impalas, Cadillacs and …

From left, Delta County Fair and Rodeo royalty contestants Ella Jensen (princess), Sierra Nelson (queen) and Taneal Braslin (princess) pose following the fashion show part of the competition. Fair royalty coronation will take place during the Flower Motor Company Rodeo and JC Propane Team Ro…

Like hundreds of kids in Delta County, 4-H members Lauryn and Autumn Kiefer are up at dawn doing chores. Seven days a week they tend to the chickens, pigs, cows and goats they raise on their family farm on Rogers Mesa.

The jewel-colored peaches resting in their own sweet juices, the vivid red of canned beets, amber honeys and baked goods made in the shapes of animals -- these are but a tasty sampling of the visual delights that make their way to the Delta County Fair "Pantry Store" competition.

The Delta County Fair Board announces the return of Floyd Beard, an award winning and widely known Cowboy Poet and Hotchkiss native. Beard will perform with renowned cowboy poet Nyle Henderson.

Longtime Delta residents Bob and Laurie Esplin have the rare honor of being named grand marshals of the Delta County Fair parade. The couple was also named grand marshals of the Deltarado Days parade.

A Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) will be held in Paonia this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4. RAM clinics provide free, quality healthcare services to the under-served and uninsured. Participants are not required to provide proof of insurance or financial information. Services are provid…

Former North Fork Ambulance Association members will be receiving a card in the mail in the coming weeks explaining how the two entities, North Fork EMS and the North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary, will work together for the people of the North Fork Valley. Ambulance service has transferred to th…

Jumbo Mountain, which lies on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land just northeast of Paonia, is beloved by locals and visitors alike, offering trail users 360-degree views of the pristine North Fork Valley, ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, and world-class mountain biking.

Growing up in Rhode Island, Aaron Watson loved sitting on the beach and gazing up at the Milky Way. "It was one of the most amazing views looking over the ocean," said the Paonia resident. But last year he returned to that beach and counted just 10 stars.

At the July 17 council meeting, a Crawford resident complained about the feral cat population that seems to originate at her neighbor's property. The woman estimates that about 40 cats come and go in the neighborhood. The feline overpopulation, she said, limits her family's ability to enjoy …

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors - North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary is asking for help in creating a new book. They are seeking stories, photographs, documents and anything related to North Fork Ambulance service since it was formed in 1969. Deadline to submit information is Oct. 1. Contact Jil…

The Delta County Libraries staff, board members, and patrons will celebrate long-time employee Laura Lee Yates' retirement from the library district during the Tuesday, July 30 final summer concert at the Paonia Library. "Celebrating Laura Lee's retirement during the concert seems very appro…

A series of "art benches" made by local artists and crafters is coming to Hotchkiss this fall. The benches will provide a blend form and function and will be crafted by local artists and artisans.

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