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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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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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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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A call for  'Love in Action'

A call for 'Love in Action'

"Wherever you go, wherever you look, you'll never find anyone more worthy of love than you."

-- John Records

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Paonia ends football play with Cougar loss

Paonia ends football play with Cougar loss

After opening the season on a shutout loss to Centauri, the Paonia Eagles overcame the odds to enter first-round state playoffs ranked 11th in the state. On a windy field in eastern Colorado, Paonia ended the season Saturday on a 21-13 first-round playoff loss to sixth-ranked Burlington.

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Denver Christian loss ends Paonia volleyball

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team went 1-1 last Friday at the 2A Regional 2 tournament in Lakewood to end the season with a 14-11 overall record. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Calhan (10-14).

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Draft hazard mitigation plan enters public comment phase

Following more than a year of meetings between Delta County staff and key stakeholders, Delta County's draft 2018 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for public review and comment.

Delta County, the City of Delta, Orchard City, Cedaredge, Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss as well as five fire protection districts and the Delta County School District participated in the process of drafting the plan.

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Kris Stewart to replace Jeff Wright as emergency manager

Jeffrey Wright will be leaving his post as head of the Delta County Office of Emergency Management, effective Dec. 1.

Wright moved to Delta County with his wife and their four children in 2013.

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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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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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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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