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Space to Create survey presentation set for Feb. 27

A community meeting to present the results of the Space to Create Paonia Arts Market Survey will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Paonia Town Hall.

Paonia is the third Colorado community chosen for participation.

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No easy fix for Paonia potholes
No easy fix for Paonia potholes

A small child fell in
Played in China until spring
Paonia potholes

-- Teresa Shishim

To state the obvious, potholes in Paonia are a problem this winter.

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TDS challenges Elevate grant award

Elevate received good news this month from Colorado's Broadband Board -- it was awarded more than $4 million in grants to build fiber and provide high-speed internet in rural areas near Crawford, Hotchkiss, Delta and Montrose. But, that good news was tempered when TDS, the longtime internet, phone and TV provider in Delta County, appealed the decision.

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Paonia chamber seeks submissions for 'Doc Vincent' scrapbook

In place of its annual February business/awards meeting, the Paonia Chamber of Commerce will host a community-wide potluck celebration this spring to honor retiring veterinarian, Norman "Doc" Vincent. Vincent, who has cared for the area's pets for more than 40 years, is retiring effective Feb. 28.

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Doc Vincent's retirement will be felt by pet owners
Doc Vincent's retirement will be felt by pet owners

What will we do without Doc Vincent?

For almost 40 years, Norman "Doc" Vincent has been a blessing and an invaluable asset for pet owners in the North Fork Valley and beyond.

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Water leak leaves customers high and dry
Water leak leaves customers high and dry

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has placed the Town of Paonia under an emergency boil-water order. Under the order, all town water customers should bring water drawn from the system to a rolling boil for a full minute prior to using for cooking, drinking or brushing teeth.

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Author shares ag tales with historical society

About 60 local history enthusiasts and members of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society showed up at Memorial Hall on Sunday, Feb. 17 for the society's 44th annual meeting. A spread of sweet treats and refreshments welcomed all while down-home music played in the background, provided by Rod and Arlene Porteus.

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Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society annual meeting is Sunday

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historial Society will host its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 at the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. There will be music, refreshments and a guest speaker, Robert Sibernagel. He is well known in the area as he writes regional history columns for The Daily Sentinel. He was formerly the editorial page editor for that paper for 19 years.

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Paonia clay studio hearing is continued

A Feb. 5 Paonia Planning Commission hearing to consider a special use permit application for a clay studio was continued to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, after the applicant was unable to attend the hearing.

The clay studio is located at 397 Clark Avenue.

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Folks should know where their water shut-off is

With snow falling, there was no audience to observe the Crawford Town Council work through a very short agenda at its Feb. 6 meeting.

Picking up on a discussion started at their January meeting, the trustees talked about a draft resolution establishing a fee for shutting off water to address problems on the homeowner's side of the meter.

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Students say 'thank you' for dictionaries
Students say 'thank you' for dictionaries

To learn to read, children need to build and improve their vocabulary. What better way to help them learn than to give them a dictionary.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras, benefit area students

Let the bon temps rouler and enjoy a Cajun feast while benefiting area students at Beta Sigma Phi's annual Tools 4 Schools fundraiser, "Fat Tuesday on Saturday."

The Mardi Gras themed event takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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North Fork Ambulance Association to hold annual meeting Feb. 21

The North Fork Ambulance Association (NFAA) will hold its annual meeting Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 110 East Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss and is open to the public.

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Modern Music Festival features Hub New Music
Modern Music Festival features Hub New Music

The Blue Sage Concert Series is pleased to present a Modern Music Festival featuring Hub New Music, a mixed quartet consisting of flute, clarinet, violin and cello. Hub New Music will be in residence in the North Fork Valley from Feb. 25 through March 2 with a series of outreach workshops in Delta County public schools and two performances on the Blue Sage Concert Series March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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Commissioners support Steckel application

At their Feb. 5 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane sent a letter of full support for Kathy Steckel's application for appointment to the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council.

The commissioners noted that Steckel has worked faithfully for the North Fork Ambulance in both volunteer and paid roles for more than 20 years.

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Summit gives students opportunity to 'take ownership' of their education
Summit gives students opportunity to 'take ownership' of their education

What can Delta County schools do to better prepare students for the future?

What classes, programs and activities would students like to change or add to their educational options?

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Newcomers, old timers gather to celebrate

Fifty Crawford residents, volunteers, and business owners met over an abundant potluck spread at Crawford's Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 2. This yearly event is organized by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize noteworthy citizens who contribute to Crawford and Delta County at large.

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Land trust conserves 2,400+ acres
Land trust conserves 2,400+ acres

Colorado West Land Trust ended 2018 on a high note. During the last week of the year, the Land Trust completed conservation projects totaling 2,427 acres in Delta and Mesa counties.

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Paonia council investigating live-streaming

A recently passed ordinance, an MOU, and recent upgrades to Town Hall could combine to allow the Town of Paonia to make recordings of its meetings of the board of trustees and other public meetings available to the public. With an investment in technology, in the future, meetings may even be broadcast live.

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Paonia police issue citation for fireworks

In the first two weeks of the new year, the Paonia Police Department reports 35 total incidents resulting in four verbal warnings, three written warnings, and two citations.

One of the citations was issued the evening of Jan. 1 in the 200 block of Grand Avenue after someone celebrated the new year with fireworks.

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North Fork Ambulance Association to hold annual meeting Feb. 21

The North Fork Ambulance Association (NFAA) will hold its annual meeting Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 110 East Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss and is open to the public.

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Edesia passes six-month special use permit review

In the six months since being issued special use permits by the Town of Paonia, only one complaint against Edesia Community Kitchen was received by the town.

Following numerous public discussions and a public hearing that stretched into two board meetings, last summer the board approved special use permits for Edesia for fabrication and manufacturing of prepared and packaged food, fruit and produce processing, public/private schools, and use as a restaurant.

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