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Fabulous farmers market expands
Fabulous farmers market expands

Expanded to two full days this year, the farmers market at the Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, Sept. 24-25, will feature a variety of local meats, organic produce, fruit and berries, beautiful flowers, heavenly lavender products, fresh baked goods, juicy jams, medicinals and much more.

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Park named to airport advisory board

In seeking to appoint a representative to the North Fork Airport Advisory Board, Town of Paonia board of trustees sought applicants who either own a business or property within town limits or are a town resident. They also wanted someone with good communication skills who has an interest in aviation and in the betterment of the North Fork Valley Airport.

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Hotchkiss council grants variances for hospital clinic
Hotchkiss council grants variances for hospital clinic

After making a recent trip to Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz opened the Sept. 8 meeting with two quotes attributed to the third U.S. president, founding father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

"When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, count to 100."

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Dan Dean dives into Paonia town business
Dan Dean dives into Paonia town business

Paonia interim town manager Dan Dean has only been on the job about three weeks, but he's quickly learning the ropes. He's toured some of the town's facilities, met with several citizens, and last week attended his first meeting of the board of trustees, where he heard an update on the Elevate Fiber broadband project and a presentation on a new after-school program coming to Paonia Elementary School.

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Homecoming fun underway at Hotchkiss High
Homecoming fun underway at Hotchkiss High

This year's Homecoming festivities are well under way at Hotchkiss High School. The days leading up to the highlight, Friday night's Homecoming football game and dance, are filled with class competitions, Crazy Day, Sports Day, Twin Day and school colors dress-up days, and the traditional Friday afternoon parade through the heart of town.

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Lightning causes fire near Gunnison Gorge

The lightning-caused Lime Kiln Fire was reported on Sept. 14, 2016. The quarter-acre fire is burning in pinion-juniper woodlands on Bureau of Land Management-managed lands about 10 miles west-southwest of Crawford, Colorado.

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Choose from a musical smorgasbord

Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Catch the beat Friday during the great Chili Cookoff in Paonia Town Park.

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A celebration of food, arts, agriculture
A celebration of food, arts, agriculture

What started as a tiny three-day street festival in celebration of the local harvest has grown into three solid days of food, art, agriculture, drink, music and more.

This weekend marks the 16th anniversary of Mountain Harvest Festival. Supported by the Mountain Harvest Creative and backed by a host of sponsors and an army of volunteers, the annual festival will be honored this Thursday with the Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence by Downtown Colorado Inc., as "Best Events, Festival or Recurring Activity in a Small Community."

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Damage to TDS line leaves many residents, businesses unconnected
Damage to TDS line leaves many residents, businesses unconnected

A failure to properly locate and mark a utility line where drilling was planned resulted in a 12-hour outage of phone and internet services for TDS and other customers throughout much of Delta County and the North Fork area last Wednesday. The outage, which lasted from approximately 9:10 a.m. to 10 p.m., left many without vital means of communication.

Throughout the day businesses were unable to process credit and debit card payments, prescriptions went unfilled, and some area banks were forced to close.

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Hotchkiss to finance Hillman Trust tap fee

Trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss voted unanimously last week to make a rare exception to finance almost $10,000 in tap fees in what they all agree is a very unique situation.

The Hillman House Trust agreed to make monthly payments of $466 for two years to pay for water and sewer tap fees associated with the home they are building for Mike Hillman.

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Carl Page threatens legal action against town
Carl Page threatens legal action against town

A Crawford resident is threatening legal action against the Town of Crawford after a temporary civil protection order against him was dismissed in Delta County Court.

The order was filed against Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall in which Page sought and was denied access to public documents. At an Aug. 2 hearing, Delta County Judge Sandra Miller dismissed the case.

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Court dismisses Barb Peterson civil suit

A civil suit filed against the Town of Paonia by former town clerk Barbara Peterson has been dismissed.

"We're very happy with the decision," said Paonia Mayor Charles Stewart.

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Rotary Ducky Derby a splashing success
Rotary Ducky Derby a splashing success

The North Fork of the Gunnison River was crawling at 19 cfs Saturday for the first ever North Fork Rotary Club Ducky Derby fundraiser. The first, second- and third-place ducks, which floated downstream on their sides, took about 10 minutes to cross the finish line roughly 100 feet downstream of the Paonia River Park.

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Ambulance mailing to arrive this week

Vital information about the North Fork Ambulance is scheduled to arrive in North Fork area mailboxes this week. The mailing includes a brochure on the 2016-17 membership drive, which outlines membership benefits.

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'What do you want to ask your neighbors?'

The Hotchkiss Planning Commission is currently preparing a planning survey that will be sent out as part of the upcoming 2017 Hotchkiss Community Master Plan periodic update process.

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Crawford okays letter to residents on tax increase

At the Sept. 7 public meeting, Crawford trustees approved a letter regarding the proposed mill levy increase to be sent to all in-town property owners. A ballot question asking voters to approve a 5-mill increase to 7.240 mills will be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

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Celebrate the Fork dinner set for Oct. 1

The second Celebrate the Fork Farm to Table dinner, a fundraiser for the North Fork Valley Creative District, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss. This year's menu options, all made from locally sourced products, include pheasant or beef Bourguignon.

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Hotchkiss author pens first novel
Hotchkiss author pens first novel

Author Flannery O'Conner once suggested that anyone who survives childhood has enough material in them to write for the rest of their life.

For Hotchkiss resident Sunshine Knight, that material began to flow eight years ago while on a solo trip through New England seeking inspiration for her first novel.

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Party headquarters

The Delta County Democratic Party has opened an office in Hotchkiss for the North Fork Valley. The office is located at 215 East Bridge Street and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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Berry gives parting words on budget, parks and trash

Before her resignation took effect, Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry made a few recommendations to the town board at the Aug. 23 board meeting as the town welcomes an interim town manager and begins a search for a permanent administrator. Berry submitted her resignation in late July.

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Tour Redlands Mesa
Tour Redlands Mesa

If you've ever driven by and wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" here's an opportunity to find out. A group of artists, farmers, gardeners and others have collaborated to offer a self-guided tour of the area, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Plan ahead for these Harvest Festival events
Plan ahead for these Harvest Festival events

The 16th annual Mountain Harvest Festival, winner of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, officially begins Sept. 22, but those planning to participate in some of the myriad events that coincide with the celebration may need to plan ahead.

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Mountain Harvest Festival honored with Governor's Award

In its recent announcement of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, Downtown Colorado, Inc., recognized the annual Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia as a "Best Events, Festivals or Recurring Activity in a Small Community."

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Hotchkiss planners ask what questions should be on survey

The Town of Hotchkiss is working on its periodic update of the Community Master Plan, scheduled to occur in 2017. As part of that process, the Hotchkiss Planning Commission is seeking input on questions for an upcoming survey that will be used in determining what is included in that update.

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Elk Foundation hosts banquet
Elk Foundation hosts banquet

On Saturday Aug. 20, the North Fork Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its sixth annual fundraising banquet at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. The banquet was a huge success.

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