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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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Silent auction to benefit Peace Circle

The Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Peace Circle women's group will host a benefit silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

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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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Crawford to hold rate hike hearing

The Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to consider an increase to its water and sewer fees. The hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m., prior to its regular board meeting.

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Hotchkiss trustees review 2019 budget, mobile home regs

Last Thursday, Hotchkiss trustees dug into the 2019 budget and opened discussions on revisions to the town's mobile home regulations.

The town anticipates modest increases in revenues from property tax and specific ownership tax, but mineral leasing and severance taxes continue to drop off.

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Seismic activity seen as threat to Terror Creek dam
Seismic activity seen as threat to Terror Creek dam

This story uses the word "terror" many times over, but it's not about Halloween.

In the late 1990s, longtime Paonia resident Richard Rudin fought to ensure that proposed expansion of local coal mines took into consideration protections for the area's water resources.

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Paonia shifts building services to private firm
Paonia shifts building services to private firm

Melissa Munoz and her husband moved to Paonia two years ago and began building a new home. Last year, their builder unexpectedly quit, Munoz told trustees during the Oct. 23 town board meeting.

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