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The Nature Connection takes the next step
The Nature Connection takes the next step

A Hotchkiss High School graduate and a U.S. Forest Service snow ranger have been selected to guide The Nature Connection through the process of implementing a $1.7 million Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire grant.

Vince Galgano and Priscilla Williams were selected from a field of 27 applicants to lead The Nature Connection, also known as "the hub of outdoor education for Delta County and Olathe youth," through implementation of the three-year grant.

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Meeting tonight focuses on Space to Create Initiative

A community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Paradise Theatre will give the public an opportunity to learn more about Paonia's participation in the Space to Create Initiative.

The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition (NFVCC), the Town of Paonia, and Space to Create Colorado will host the meeting.

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Paonia man airlifted after being shot

According to Paonia Police Chief Neil Ferguson, at 8:46 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, three Paonia police officers responded to the 300 block of Poplar Avenue on a report of a gunshot incident involving injuries.

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Flashing speed limit signs activated

Three new radar signs have been installed on Highways 92 and 133 entering Hotchkiss. Town marshal Dan Miller intentionally delayed activating the electronic signs as he gathered data.

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Board petitions trickle in ahead of Jan. 22 deadline

As of Tuesday morning, the number of municipal election petitions taken out by citizens is enough to cover the number of vacancies being created by term expirations, but in Crawford and Paonia, the number of petitions returned falls far short of the expiring terms.

Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos reports that, as of Tuesday morning, eight petitions have been picked up at Town Hall.

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Trash pickup prices increase in Hotchkiss

As a result of a price increase at the county-operated landfill, trash rates are going up in Hotchkiss.

Trash service is provided by Double J Disposal, which is in its third year of its current five-year contract with the town.

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Crawford updates its marijuana ordinance

The Town of Crawford adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 3 meeting, updating its regulations regarding the cultivation and possession of marijuana within the town limits. It reflects changes last year in the state's laws regulating marijuana cultivation in residences.

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Four appointed to Paonia Tree Board
Four appointed to Paonia Tree Board

Several years after it was disbanded, the Town of Paonia has resurrected the Paonia Tree Board.

Four citizens, Roger Baril, Samira "Sam" Hart, Paula Martin and Tamie Meck were appointed by trustees to serve either a two- or three-year term on the Tree Board at the Dec. 12 town meeting.

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KVNF honored for 'building bridges'
KVNF honored for 'building bridges'

A 38-year-old nonprofit was honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for building bridges in the community.

KVNF Community Radio was honored Monday evening with the Kids' Pasta Project's Building Bridges Service Award.

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Red Hatters celebrate 'reduation' of Mollie Young

On Dec. 14 the Red Hat Hotchkiss Ladybugs chapter threw a party at the Old Mad Dog Cafe in Crawford. During the party, chapter members held a "reduation" ceremony, similar to a graduation, of Mollie Young from a Pink Hatter to a bonafide Red Hatter in honor of her turning 50.

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Petitions are out for candidates in Crawford election

With four seats up for election on the Crawford town council, candidates have begun circulating petitions to be placed on the ballot. According to town clerk Cally Gallegos, as of Tuesday, Jan. 9, eight petitions have been picked up.

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Crawford eyes taxing questions

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Crawford Town Council began discussions of possible taxing questions to place before voters in the April 3 municipal election. These discussions were suspended to allow further research, and will be resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 17, prior to the regularly scheduled work session.

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Building community through senior meals
Building community through senior meals

A newly-established senior meal program is attracting a lot of attention, and a lot of senior citizens from the North Fork Valley.

Chrys Bailey recently founded the "Valley Organic Lunch Program for Seniors" at the Old River Road Trading Post on Black Bridge Road in Paonia.

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Hotchkiss Fire District commissions new truck
Hotchkiss Fire District commissions new truck

A fire truck recently donated to the Hotchkiss Fire District is providing more safety and a greater ability to respond to emergencies than the unit it replaces.

HFD Ladder 1, a 1990 Pierce Arrow, was donated to the district by the Colorado River Fire Rescue in Garfield County.

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Indoor archery programs beginning in Paonia

Adult and youth archery programs are under way at the Ellen Hansen Smith Center, located next to the football field at Paonia Town Park. The After School Archery Program (ASAP) for kids ages 4 through high school will be held from 3-5 p.m.

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In search of the elusive Canada lynx
In search of the elusive Canada lynx

Why are Canada lynx so elusive? Their range stretches across 25 states including Colorado, yet, this intriguing medium-sized wild cat with large, furry feet, is fairly obscure.

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Paonia native to serve as superintendent of historic site
Paonia native to serve as superintendent of historic site

Dr. Brenda Todd, a native of Paonia, has been selected as the next superintendent of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton, N.D. Todd is a 10-year veteran of the National Park Service and is currently the program manager at the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University.

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