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Final Friday is back in Paonia
Final Friday is back in Paonia

The first Final Friday of the season happens this Friday in downtown Paonia. Downtown galleries and studies including the new 2nd Story Studios at 228-1/2 Grand Avenue, and Cirque Cyclery will remain open from 5-7 p.m., offering wine samples, local cuisine and more. Meander between the galleries, taste a selection of wines and samples of local cuisine, and enjoy.

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Funding needed to keep aquatic inspections going
Funding needed to keep aquatic inspections going

A program to inspect watercraft for non-native invasive species at Colorado Parks & Wildlife-managed waterways is in danger of ending after the program lost its funding source in 2016.

Program funding has been secured through 2018, according to Ed Keleher, CSP park manager for Paonia, Sweitzer and Crawford reservoirs.

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Honoring Emery Townsend's 60 years of mail delivery
Honoring Emery Townsend's 60 years of mail delivery

Emery Townsend has delivered a lot of mail in his 60 years as a U.S. Postal Service contract route carrier. In 1957 Townsend and bride Bebe signed their first four-year contract for the Ragged Mountain and Muddy Creek areas.

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Services for Bill Hart are Saturday

Following a short but fierce battle with Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer, former Paonia police officer Bill Hart passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 23.

Hart was a veteran of the U.S. Army and participated in Desert Storm.

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Third Street waterline project begins May 1 in Paonia

Work on the Town of Paonia Third Street waterline project is scheduled to begin Monday, May 1. The three-phase project involves replacing approximately 5,800 feet of potable waterline along Third Street between Grand Avenue and the railroad crossing between Oak and Delta avenues; from the tracks east to Lamborn Avenue and south to Second Street; and on Box Elder between Second and Fourth streets.

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Paonia Holdings asks for land use change

Public comments on a proposed development northeast of Paonia were extended to May 5 after citizens complained that they were not given enough time to research the proposal.

Paonia Holdings, LLC, has applied to Delta County for approval of a land use change on commercial and light industrial property located at 41322 and 41402 Hwy. 133, and ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.

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Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days
Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days

The Paonia Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires late last week. On Thursday, April 13, they responded to a structure fire on Cresthaven Road.

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New owners at the Bross
New owners at the Bross

Years of wondering who will buy Paonia's beautiful Bross Hotel are over.

On Monday Kevin and Karen Kropp became the eighth owners of the 111-year-old Victorian-style hotel on Onarga Avenue.

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Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns
Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns

A capacity crowd showed up for a town hall meeting last week in Hotchkiss where Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, spoke about both local and national health care issues. Over 60 people gathered for the nearly two hour presentation and Q&A session that Crawford resident Cynthia Hines organized in an effort to spur the community into action to help address health care concerns on both the local and national level.

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Paonia senior center events

The Paonia Senior Citizens Center has several events planned in the coming weeks.

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'Best places to retire' lists Hotchkiss, Paonia

Two North Fork area communities recently made a list of the top 500 towns and cities in the U.S. for retirement.

LendEDU, an organization offering a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance, states in the introduction to the study related to the list that "retirement is as topical an issue as ever."

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A Little Help organizing Service Saturday in May

A Little Help in the North Fork Valley is having a Service Saturday! on Saturday, May 13. If you are a member of A Little Help or even think you might want to try it out, call the office, 527-3482, to sign up.

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County requirements could increase Paonia project costs

Requirements by Delta County related to the final phase of the four-phase out-of-town water line replacement project on Lamborn Mesa could increase the cost of the project by about $100,000.

At the April 11 board meeting trustees voted to adopt a revised bid for project Schedule C, and to direct town staff to continue negotiations with the county on the requirements, which the town's engineer has deemed unnecessary.

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Expect crossing closures in Paonia

According to the Town of Paonia website, through the end of this week Paonia residents can expect street closures to allow for scheduled repairs to in-town railroad crossings.

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Simulation puts disaster response team to test
Simulation puts disaster response team to test

A two-day training that took place last Thursday and Friday at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss simulated a 17-member incident management team and its response to a large tornado in Chelsea County, a fictitious county based on a real Colorado county.

Put on by the Southwest Incident Management Team, the tornado badly damaged facilities from hospitals to animal rescue shelters and there were numerous deaths, trainer Paul Hollar, a member of the Southwest Incident Management Team.

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Crawford expands hours for town clerk to full time

Citing an increased workload, trustees for the Town of Crawford voted last week to increase the town clerk's hours from part time to full time. The office will be open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., starting in two weeks after clerk Cally Gallegos gives notice to her second employer.

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Paonia approves Space to Create application without town match

At the Feb. 28 board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution endorsing the submittal of a full application for participation in the statewide Space to Create program. Space to Create is a state-led initiative aimed at creating work spaces and affordable housing for a broad range of artists and related businesses.

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Local businesses urge support for methane rule

More than 60 business owners from across the Western Slope have submitted a letter to senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging support for keeping the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule in place.

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Pioneer Days presents 'Heritage, Family & Friends'

Pioneer Days presents "Heritage, Family & Friends" June 8-11. To celebrate these three categories organizers would like to organize parade participants for each group.

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Hotchkiss Angus breeder recognized

T N T Angus, Hotchkiss, recently enrolled in the American Angus AssociationĀ®'s MaternalPlusĀ® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.

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Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant
Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant

At the base of Mount Lamborn, water from a series of mountain springs feeds the Upper Lamborn Mesa Water Treatment Plant through a pipeline. Once treated, the water is stored in a two-million gallon tank and fed into a distribution system to residences and businesses.

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Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting
Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting

[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full story can be found online at by clicking here.]

Nearly 200 constituents of Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, both Republicans, packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, Feb. 25...

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Hotchkiss man convicted of sexual assault on a child

A Hotchkiss man was found guilty last week on felony charges of sex assault on a child and enticement of a child. Both are Class 4 felonies.

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NFV Constituent Meeting

[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett, who is not an employee of the DCI and was among those who spoke during the meeting, submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full write-up follows as submitted.]

NFV Constituent Town Hall, Saturday February 25

by Rita Clagett

Nearly 200 constituents of Republicans Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia...

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Summit seeks to strengthen local nonprofits

A summit held Feb. 9 to address the unmet needs of local nonprofits attracted 14 representatives from about a half dozen local non-profits.

Diana Yourell organized the event.

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