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Volunteers, sponsors needed for Christmas party

The North Fork Children's Christmas Party is seeking volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteers are needed for present wrapping day Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

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Funding needed for art wall
Funding needed for art wall

The art wall at Elsewhere Studios is in dire need of help.

What has fast become a focal point of the community, the wall at Elsewhere was created as an educational project and built by professionals and volunteers over a period of two years, said Elsewhere executive director, Karen Good.

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Elsewhere grant to fund unique summer residency

Elsewhere Studios has been awarded a grant to participate in a unique residency program.

Elsewhere announced last spring that it was among 21 grant recipients from a field of over 265 applicants selected to participate in the "Arts in Society" initiative.

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WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship
WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship

The Western Slope Conservation Center will present the annual Mountain Film Festival this Friday at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia. The festival is part of the worldwide tour of the annual MountainFilm Festival held each May in Telluride.

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Thanksgiving dinner planned in Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss' annual community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Hotchkiss Senior Center, Main Street and Cedar Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Bring a salad or dessert if you like or just bring yourself!

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Paonia considers eliminating parks maintenance contract

After numerous adjustments and cuts totaling about $165,000, the Town of Paonia presented a balanced draft budget for fiscal year 2018 at Tuesday night's public budget hearing. The statutorily required hearing was to be held during the regularly-scheduled meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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Expect detour on Highway 92

The Town of Hotchkiss will be repairing a sewage line this week which will require the closure of Highway 92 at the west end of town, at the intersection of Bridge Street and Pinyon Drive.

Work will begin Wednesday, Nov. 15, and continue through Friday, Nov. 17.

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Crawford tightens budget after voters say 'no' to tax hike

Crawford voters again said no to a tax increase in last week's election, forcing the town board to tighten an already austere budget. Work on that budget continued when the trustees met one day after 65 percent of the voters turned down a 5 mill increase in property tax which would have added $14,000 to the town's revenues.

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BOCC to consider Levin land use change on Nov. 22

The land use change application being considered at next Monday's meeting of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners has resulted in dozens of public comments, numerous meetings, a petition signed by more than 400 individuals, and some confusion.

The application, submitted by Mark Levin with Paonia Holdings, LLC, requests a land use change to light industrial/commercial under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations (SDR) on land located just north of Paonia on Highway 133.

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Guild wraps local veterans in quilts
Guild wraps local veterans in quilts

A Veterans Day tradition continued Saturday, with a breakfast hosted by S&B Quilters Guild at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Twenty-five veterans and their families attended the event, the fourth held in Hotchkiss.

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Hotchkiss chamber honors community champions

The stability that is a hallmark of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce was sustained during the chamber's annual meeting Nov. 7.

Tracy Ihnot, Nathan Sponseller, Sue Whittlesey and Bill Long were re-elected to two-year terms on the board.

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Solarize campaign a success in Delta County
Solarize campaign a success in Delta County

Since the earliest settlers moved into Delta County it has relied on two major forces to drive its economy: energy and agriculture. Solar Energy International (SEI) has honored this heritage by introducing Solarize, a community-based outreach campaign to keep the energy-producing heritage alive.

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Donations welcome

Hotchkiss Library Friends are accepting gently used books, recent magazines, and DVDs for their bookstore. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the bookstore and semi-annual book sales go directly to Hotchkiss Library.

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Crawford gears up for holiday events

The Crawford Pioneer Days Committee and all its wonderful volunteers are in full swing for the 2017 Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights events. The goal, as always, is to provide something for everyone.

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Citizens weigh in on cannabis proposal

An ordinance being considered by the Paonia board of trustees could limit the number of marijuana plants grown at a single residence to six while allowing for 12 plants to be grown for medicinal purposes. But in enforcing the ordinance, how can police officers differentiate between plants grown for medicinal use and those grown for recreational use?

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Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver
Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver

It would be difficult to find a person in Hotchkiss who doesn't have a story to share about Matt Branham. For 24 straight years Branham has delivered and picked up packages in the North Fork area as a driver for UPS.

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Poulos Park makeover is a go
Poulos Park makeover is a go

In 2005 Rotarians adopted renovation of Poulos Park in downtown Paonia as their "Rotary International Centennial Project." To fund the project members collected $40,000 in private donations and transformed the space into an inviting park complete with picnic tables, vegetation and an irrigation system.

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New clinic improves access to health care

The new and the old came together in Hotchkiss in September to herald the opening of the West Elk Clinic. Not only is the clinic new, so was the ceremonial ripping off of the bandaid to reveal the sign on the front of the building.

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