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Tamie Meck
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Mill levy override on school district agenda

Delta County School District 50J will consider at its July 18 meeting whether to place a mill levy override question on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The district is considering asking voters to approve 1.5 mills to fund transportation, with an eight-year sunset.

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Hotchkiss computer hit with ransomware

Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller reported to the town council at the July 11 meeting that the town recently experienced a little cyber-scare.

The morning of Sunday, June 30, Miller told the DCI, a deputy reporting for work turned his computer on to find a software update notice.

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BMW rally returns to Paonia Town Park

BMW rally returns to Paonia Town Park

If you're out driving this week, be aware of motorcycles on the road. Lots of them. This Thursday the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado Top O' the Rockies Rally opens at Paonia Town Park.

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Paonia to consider regs on short-term rentals

Airbnb. VRBO. HomeAway. VacationRentals.com. Trivago. Short-term rentals have transformed and revolutionized where travelers stay and how they book their lodging in recent years.

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Clark Ave. subdivision continued to July 23

A decision by Paonia trustees on a proposal for a new subdivision on Clark Avenue was continued by the town board after residents expressed concern over the development.

If approved, the South Clark Avenue Subdivision would be built on a cul-de-sac at the south end of Clark Avenue, a dead-end section of street with 12 largely identical houses that were built in 1948.

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Paonia considers zoning regs for formula businesses

Paonia considers zoning regs for formula businesses

At the July 9 town board meeting, Paonia trustees voted unanimously to consider an emergency ordinance that, in part, would put strict regulations on formula businesses -- those businesses similar or the same in every detail regardless of location.

Paonia resident Thomas Markle came before the board to propose an ordinance amending the town's zoning laws, to include language specific to formula businesses.

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RAM Clinic to provide free medical services

A Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) is coming to Paonia Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4.

For those who have never heard of RAM clinics, the nonprofit Remote Area Medical (RAM) was established in 1985 to provide free, quality healthcare services to the under-served and uninsured.

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$3k for Cherry Days softball

A total of 20 teams competed over the weekend in the third annual Cherry Days softball tournaments.

For the second straight year, the defending champion Hitmen and Gonzalez Construction played for the championship and a $500 prize.

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Dollar General is coming to Paonia

Dollar General is coming to Paonia

Rumblings of a Dollar General coming to Paonia are no longer rumor. Paonia town administrator Ken Knight confirmed Wednesday that on June 10 the town received a petition for annexation from Vaquero Paonia Partners, LP. "Coopendata," a database of companies registered in Colorado, lists a Fort Worth, Texas, address for Vaquero.

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PES getting a new mural

PES getting a new mural

A month before last Friday's Cherry Days 5k Run, Paonia Elementary School's Paonia Parent Organization (PPO) wasn't planning on organizing the event. But when the Paonia High School cross country team announced that after several years it would no longer take on the fundraising event, Cherry Days committee president Bob Bushta called the organization's president, Carrie Johnson. "He said please, please, please," said Johnson.

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Paonia trustees consider zoning changes for formula businesses

Paonia trustees consider zoning changes for formula businesses

To paraphrase scientist Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed Paonia citizens can change the future; indeed, they may have.

At Tuesday night's town board meeting, Paonia trustees voted unanimously to consider an emergency ordinance that, in part, would put strict regulations on formula businesses -- those businesses similar or the same in every detail regardless of location.

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Delivering the mail for 60 years

Delivering the mail for 60 years

When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.

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Unexpected turns...

Unexpected turns...

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.

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'Elf the Musical' a hit

'Elf the Musical' a hit

It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.

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An emblem of school pride

An emblem of school pride

Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.

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Branching out

Branching out

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.

Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.

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For the moral good of the people. . .

For the moral good of the people. . .

Paonia United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Dunkel is a third-generation coal miner, but he's not from the North Fork area. He grew up in Creede. At age 26 he was called to serve the United Methodist Church, and a year ago he was assigned to Paonia.

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A dog's eye  view of  Lewis & Clark

A dog's eye view of Lewis & Clark

The story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is among the most well-known and studied voyages of all time. It has been told and retold from the human perspective. But what did the dog see?

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In pursuit of a dream

In pursuit of a dream

It's hard to imagine that a 15-year-old farm girl living on the side of a mountain outside of Crawford could become a top 14 finalist on the glitzy hit show American Idol. But Jeneve Rose Mitchell believed she could, and so did her family.

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Bringing the challenges of   migrant farmworkers into focus

Bringing the challenges of migrant farmworkers into focus

Since 1992, photographer Celia Roberts has crisscrossed Colorado and the country documenting the nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As a result, her life has taken on new meaning.

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Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Eleven-year-old Haylee is busy de-stemming and slicing bright red strawberries for lemonade-strawberry slushies. As she carefully cuts with a chef's knife she explains how she helps her mom prepare dinner at home.

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Neighbor helping neighbor

Neighbor helping neighbor

Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.

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Helping hands!

Helping hands!

These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.

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Investing in paradise

Investing in paradise

Since the early part of the 20th century, seeing movies on the big screen has been an American tradition. The big screen came to Paonia in October 1928, when an enterprising citizen named Tom Poulos opened the Paonia Theatre on Grand Avenue.

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Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.

"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.

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Good vibrations!

Good vibrations!

When it comes to music, David Alderdice wants his students to say "yes" to opportunity.

A world-class percussionist and session drummer, Alderdice has collaborated with musicians from throughout the world.

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A unique  legacy in books

A unique legacy in books

To say that Katherine Colwell has authored many books is a misnomer.

To explain her numerous works, including her showpiece, "Red White and Blue in Utah 1988," forget that books are made of pages, bound between two covers, read left to right, front to back.

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