A judge has ordered a Texas-based oil and gas company to pay attorney fees to a Paonia environmental activist whom it sued for libel after he posted a critical comment on the website of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
In June, Delta County District Court Judge Steven Schultz dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by SG Interests I, Ltd. against Pete Kolbenschlag, finding that his online comment was "substantially true."
The Town of Paonia is seeking to fill a seat recently vacated on the town planning commission.
Twenty one North Fork area non-profits recently became the first to receive grants from the West Elk Community Fund.
At a Nov. 28 celebration at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, WECF founding members awarded a total of $21,200 in grants, ranging from $500-$1,500, to North Fork area non-profits representing the arts and culture, community, education, the environment, health, and human services.
A second seismic project in Paonia's watershed has been proposed by Gunnison Energy, LLC.
If approved, the Trail Gulch Seismic Project would allow GELLC to "conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveys to map subsurface geology in the Trail Gulch Oil and Gas unit" to determine oil and gas development potential on existing leases, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
A little more than two weeks after District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled that the Town of Paonia mishandled an open records request made by a former trustee, the town board met in executive session on Nov. 27 to discuss the outcome. The stated purpose of the closed meeting was to receive legal advice from town attorney Bo Nerlin specific to the case, which the town filed in 2017 against former trustee Bill Brunner on behalf of the Custodian of Record.
Elsewhere Studios has announced that executive director Karen Good will retire from her position at the end of the year, to be succeeded by current program manager Carolina Porras.
Good moved to Paonia eight years ago to launch the residency program with her daughter, Willow Mannan and co-founder Maya Jensen.
The Town of Paonia will purchase a liquid spreader for spreading a sand/magnesium chloride mix in three key areas of town. Purchase of the $3,000 spreader was approved with the 2019 town budget.
Paonia trustees unanimously approved to accept the 2017 town audit. The board received the draft audit at an Oct. 23 budget discussion and audit presentation by Russell White with Rubin Brown.
An obscure provision in the Colorado Open Records Act allows a government records custodian to initiate legal action against a requester if he or she is unable, in good faith, to determine whether documents are exempt from disclosure. Under CORA's safe harbor clause, a requester cannot recover court costs and attorney fees even if a judge ultimately finds that the records should have been released.
Open houses, trunk shows and soirees, a puppet show and a concert in a wine cellar are on the long list of events to enjoy this weekend during the Paonia Holiday Festivities. Sponsored by the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, more than a dozen area businesses will kick off the holiday season with specials, drawings, food and drink, music, and fun for all ages.
Tia Homedew is only 9 years old, but she is already learning the value of giving to others.
Homedew, a fourth-grade student at Paonia Elementary School who lives in Crawford, has been sewing since age 5 when Santa delivered her first sewing machine on Christmas day.
Following a series of public workshops and discussions, Paonia trustees approved of the final draft of the fiscal year 2019 budget with no final changes and little comment from the public.
The board's been working on this budget for three months," said Mayor Charles Stewart during the requisite public hearing on the proposed $3 million budget.
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