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'Doc' Vincent retiring this winter

Everyone who depends on him saw it coming, but the news is still a shock to area pet owners.

Norman "Doc" Vincent is retiring.

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Artists asked to donate to Crawford festival

Calling 2-D and 3-D artists and all other creative people to participate in the Crawford "Pioneer Christmas Festival."

Pioneer Christmas Festival Auction items may be done in any medium you choose and present your artwork to be enjoyed and sold at auction on Nov. 30.

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Special district approved for ambulance; memberships continue

On Nov. 6, voters overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a special district for the North Fork Ambulance. Just over 83 percent of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford area voters said "yes" to the special district. By a smaller, yet still very favorable margin, a mill levy of 5.750 was established to fund the special district.

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Patrick Webb appointed to Hotchkiss Board of Trustees
Patrick Webb appointed to Hotchkiss Board of Trustees

Patrick Webb, the newest member of the Hotchkiss Town Board of Trustees, said he believes his life experiences will enable him to make reasonable, positive decisions for the town in his new role.

Webb said he has lived in the North Fork Valley on two separate occasions.

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Hotchkiss voters authorize sale of town shop

Hotchkiss voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of the town shop in the Nov. 6 election, 82 to 18 percent. The next morning, deputy town clerk Ginger Redden said she received three inquiries from potential buyers.

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Hotchkiss serving up Thanksgiving dinner

The annual free Thanksgiving day dinner will again be served Nov. 22 at the Hotchkiss Senior Center, 276 W. Main Street, adjacent to Hotchkiss Town Hall. A traditional Thanksgiving meal of smoked turkey from Zack's BBQ complete with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Rec district upbeat after mill levy increase
Rec district upbeat after mill levy increase

The North Fork Pool, Parks and Recreation District sees a brighter future after voters approved a mill levy increase in the Nov. 6 election.

The increase of 1.607 mills, approved by an unofficial vote of 2,407-2,014, will bring the mills to 2.5 and increase revenues by $128,305 for 2019.

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Judge rules against Paonia  in CORA case
Judge rules against Paonia in CORA case

A Delta County District Court judge has ruled that the Town of Paonia must reimburse legal fees to a former trustee after refusing to release documents to him under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).

In Custodian of Records for the Town of Paonia vs. Bill Brunner, following three hearings, District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled on Nov. 9 that the town failed to demonstrate good faith or exercise reasonable diligence in filing the suit.

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S&B Quilters continue Veterans Day tradition

Gratitude abounds during the month of November, and it was particularly plentiful during a veterans event hosted by the S&B Quilters Nov. 10 in Hotchkiss.

The quilters, in expressing their appreciation for the sacrifices of our veterans, found themselves on the receiving end as those veterans shared their gratitude for a longstanding tradition that concludes with the selection of handmade quilts.

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Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history
Friends recall Chuck Farmer's passion for history

The North Fork Valley has lost one of its richest sources of local history. Lee McMurtry "Chuck" Farmer passed away Nov. 3. Farmer shared his passion for local history through presentations, field trips, and for the past few years, as president of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society.

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West Elk Layers gets okay from the county

Noah and Colleen Knox received approval for West Elk Layers, a confined poultry operation for 20,000 laying hens, cage free, from the county commissioners at their Nov. 5 meeting, under requirements set forth in the county's specific development regulations.

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Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year
Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

Last week, Good Food 100 honored Clint and MaryKay Buckner of the Buckner Family Farm and Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette of the Farm Runners distribution company as the 2018 Producer and Purveyor of the Year at the inaugural Eat. Drink. Think. Colorado Industry Celebration.

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Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity
Hotchkiss explores growth, economic diversity

On Nov. 1, over 40 people filled Memorial Hall to hold a kickoff meeting for the Hotchkiss Prosperity Plan. The purpose of this plan is to assess the economy to identify opportunities for local business development and economic growth.

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Blue Sage seeks photo and writing entries

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions of writings and photographs for the annual Convergence: Words and Images from the West Elks contest.

Formerly titled "Write On!" Convergence is an annual writing and photography contest providing opportunities for all genres and amateur and professional photographers to showcase their work.

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Crawford gearing up for Pioneer Christmas Festival

The Crawford Pioneer Christmas Festival is a week of holiday fun, beginning with the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23, and concluding with a community potluck and auction on Nov. 30.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Parade of Lights, set for Friday, Nov. 23.

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Let your artistic spirit shine for Pioneer Christmas Festival

Calling 2-D and 3-D artists and all other creative people to participate in the Crawford "Pioneer Christmas Festival."

Pioneer Christmas Festival Auction items may be done in any medium you choose and present your artwork to be enjoyed and sold at auction on Nov. 30.

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Gabrielle Louise releases music video depicting fight to stop fracking

Industry, by Gabrielle Louise, an award-winning Colorado singer/songwriter, tells the ongoing and true story of a small town in Colorado fighting the threat of oil and gas development. In process for almost a year, the public release of the song and accompanying music video coincides with a push by the Trump administration to expand fracking and oil and gas development across America's public lands, including around Paonia, Louise's hometown.

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Natasha Léger honored with national community award
Natasha Léger honored with national community award

Natasha Léger was one of four community advocates recently honored with the 2018 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship. Léger joins Ellen Gerhart and Rebecca Roter of Pennsylvania and Nalleli Cobo of California in receiving the national award.

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Veterans Day closures announced

Paonia Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, which officially falls on Sunday.

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Creamery Arts Center celebrates CCI grant

The Creamery Arts Center is pleased to announce it was awarded a $4,000 grant by the Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development for 2019. The funding is designated as general operating support.

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Prescribed burns planned in North Fork

Fire management officials from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced plans to conduct prescribed pile burns between mid-October through December, pending favorable weather, ground and vegetation conditions.

The objectives of prescribed pile burns is to reduce the risk of larger wildfires and improve ecosystem health by removing debris and vegetation, or fuels, through the planned ignition of slash piles.

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