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Crawford mayor survives recall

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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New town manager  on the job in Paonia
New town manager on the job in Paonia

A week after beginning his new job as administrator for the Town of Paonia, Kenneth "Ken" Knight had already rearranged his office and faced his desk away from the wall and toward the large picture window looking out onto Grand Avenue. So far he likes what he sees.

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Hotchkiss takes first step toward Main St. program

The Town of Hotchkiss has lent its support to the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce as that organization seeks to become an affiliate with the DOLA-managed Colorado Main Street Program. The town sent a letter officially requesting affiliate status to DOLA last week.

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Community steps up to help fire department

Small but mighty is the story of Crawford. In just a few weeks, the community has raised matching funds to help the Crawford Fire Department remodel the fire station and add upgraded restroom and wash facilities.

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Welt's history in coal industry runs deep
Welt's history in coal industry runs deep

Think of a coal miner and you might see a steely-eyed man in a hard hat, his face and clothing blackened with carbon. But in the North Fork area, where coal mines have operated for more than 100 years, Kathy Welt is one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

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What's happening at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Museum

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. To help folks understand the work of the society at the museum, Chuck Farmer submitted a Curator Report for 2016:

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Hospital to open walk-in clinic in Paonia

The Delta County Memorial Hospital District has announced plans to open a walk-in clinic in Paonia. The district selected the former Bank of Colorado location at 218 Grand Avenue for the clinic and purchased the 6,000-square-foot building in late January. They plan to open the clinic as early as this May.

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Crawford seeks a new trustee

The Town of Crawford hopes to seat a new trustee at its Feb. 15 meeting, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth. Letters of interest are now being accepted from citizens interested in filling the seat vacated by Tammy Broughton on Jan. 17.

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Crawford works to keep the water flowing

The Town of Crawford is just over $16,000 away from being in the red in its water fund, Public Works Director Bruce Bair told the council last week. "We're not in the hole, but we will be if we don't address this issue," he told trustees.

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Cherry Days seeks volunteers, slogan
Cherry Days seeks volunteers, slogan

The Cherry Days Forever committee is gearing up for the 71st annual hometown celebration and is looking for input and volunteers.

Cherry Day itself always falls on July 4, which this year is on Tuesday.

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Hotchkiss crime numbers 'about average' in 2016

The Hotchkiss Marshal's Office filed reports on 1,421 incidents in 2016. That number is about average for the past five years, said Marshal Dan Miller. In 2015, 1,395 incidents were reported.

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Writers, photographers sought for 'Convergence'

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking writers and photographers for its "Convergence: Words and Pictures from the West Elks" contest.

Formerly known as the "Write On! Contest and Anthology," the competition is in its 10th year and is open to all Delta County residents.

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North Fork residents protest oil/gas lease

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gunnison Energy LLC for activities on a parcel in the Iron Point Federal Exploratory Unit. Commissioners also approved a letter to the Bureau of Land Management supporting Gunnison Energy's bid to have the parcel, which was formerly leased, re-nominated and re-leased.

The parcel is located just north of the Elk Creek Mine.

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Old-timers, newcomers celebrate community
Old-timers, newcomers celebrate community

The old, the new and the outstanding was celebrated in Crawford last weekend during the annual Old Timers, Newcomers event. The oldest old-timer, the newest newcomer and the volunteer, business and nonprofit of the year were recognized and celebrated during the potluck meal and community gathering, put on by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Crawford mayor survives recall vote

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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