In August 2017, the Delta County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into Richard Taylor, 49, for failing to register as a sex offender and being a convicted felon in possession of weapons. The case was filed with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney's Office.
On Wednesday, April 25, the North Fork Ambulance will present a biennial training exercise known as the mock DUI crash at Paonia High School beginning at 9 a.m.
The North Fork Ambulance coordinates and works in partnership with local agencies including ambulance, fire and law enforcement to educate students about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
At next Tuesday's board meeting, on April 24, among several agenda items under "old business," Paonia trustees will consider a draft resolution setting the base fee for building permits at the flat rate of $35 and adjusting the existing fee schedule according to that base fee.
Trustees approved the drafting of the resolution by town attorney Bo Nerlin for consideration prior to the seating of a new board at the April 24 meeting.
Of the four newly elected and re-elected trustees being sworn in at next Tuesday's Paonia Town Board meeting, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran and Barry Pennell will begin four-year terms, and Samira Hart will serve a two-year term.
Official results from the April 3 election show Bookout received 311 votes, or 18.86 percent of the 1,845 votes, and Bachran received 306 votes (16.59 percent).
The bids for replacement of the Barrow Mesa water tank were awarded to two firms at the April 12 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council.
Earlier this spring, the council rejected the only bid submitted for the project.
Completion of the Artspace feasibility study, the first phase of the Space to Create Paonia initiative. was celebrated at an April 9 dinner at Edesia Kitchen. The dinner, which doubled as a Kids Pasta Project fundraiser for Space to Create Paonia (S2C), also marked the release of the Preliminary Feasibility Report.
Two new faces and two familiar faces were welcomed to the Crawford Town Council during its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 11. Incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson were the top vote getters in the April 3 municipal election. Joining them on the board are Ralph Clark and Jessica Hart.
In honor of National Service Recognition Day on April 3, AmeriCorps Members in Paonia teamed up with a local non-profit called A Little Help to serve their community.
AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers In Service To America) from Solar Energy International and Elsewhere Studios who are working on economic and community revitalization in Delta County got together to do direct service in their community.
The Paradise Theatre has seen many changes in recent years. Now the non-profit community theatre is heading in a new direction that includes more collaborations and more community-focused events.
The Center for American Progress, a nonprofit public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., released a special report today (April 11) that showcases the North Fork Valley as "an example of a rural community that is moving beyond reliance on boom-and-bust extractive industries towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable future."
Gordon Hebenstreit loves watching good stock dogs work. He also enjoys working with his own border collies, but he's happy leaving them at home and just being a spectator at the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.
Actually he's grown into much more than a spectator -- he and his wife Cheryl now assist founder Richard Bailey with the competition.
Community members began arriving early for the first open house to review the Delta County Master Plan on Monday, April 9, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.
Stations were set up around the room with posters providing information on different elements of the Master Plan, along with enlarged maps from the plan.
Incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson won re-elections and Ralph Clark and Jessica Hart were elected to serve on the Crawford Town Board.
Tiedeman received 88 votes, or 20.9 percent of the 421 votes cast.
In Paonia, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran, Samira "Sam" Hart and Barry Pennell were elected to the board of trustees. Bookout, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Charles Stewart when he was elected as mayor in 2016, received the most votes.
In the race for Hotchkiss mayor, Larry Wilkening soundly defeated Thomas Wills with 75 percent of the vote. The tally was 191 for Wilkening and 61 for Wills. Wilkening will replace Wendell Koontz, who is term-limited.
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