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ShadeScapes gala spotlights entrepreneurs
ShadeScapes gala spotlights entrepreneurs

This summer, ShadeScapes Americas was named a 2017 Colorado Company to Watch. The award acknowledges the drive, excellence and influence of ShadeScapes Americas as a growing company developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enabling new industries and enriching the community of Hotchkiss and Delta County as a whole.

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Not much wiggle room as Crawford trustees talk budget

The voters of Crawford will have a large voice in what next year's town budget will look like. On this year's ballot, the town is seeking an increase in its mill levy, looking to replace shrinking severance mineral taxes from the coal industry.

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Paonia begins budget discussion

Creation of a public utilities impact fee, an increase in the property tax mill levy, and an increase in sales tax rates are all on the table as the Town of Paonia heads into 2018 budget season. At the first of several scheduled budget work sessions, trustees and staff were presented last week with an intentionally out-of-balance draft budget by town administrator Ken Knight.

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Knights of Columbus form new chapter

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia in conjunction with Sacred Heart Church in Hotchkiss have recently formed a new Knights of Columbus Council #16769. A ceremony to formally install new officers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

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What do Hotchkiss residents value?

According to a community survey, Hotchkiss residents value the small-town atmosphere and climate of "The Friendliest Town Around," but would like to see more recreational opportunities and a more attractive downtown area.

The survey was made available to anyone living in the Hotchkiss area as part of the process of updating the town's five-year-old master plan.

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BLM continues royalty reduction for Mountain Coal

Mountain Coal Company received good news last week that a royalty rate reduction for a portion of the coal mined at the West Elk Mine near Somerset will be continued for another five years.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that a royalty rate reduction (RRR) has been extended five years, effective from Feb. 1, 2015.

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Paonia will shape its own Space to Create
Paonia will shape its own Space to Create

When it was publicly announced on Sept. 21 that Paonia will participate in the Space to Create initiative, Margaret Hunt was on hand to help the community understand just what that means.

Space to Create involves grants, but it isn't a grant.

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Crawford continues marijuana ordinance debate to Oct. 4

The Crawford Town Board was expecting to do the first reading of a marijuana ordinance at its work session on Sept. 20. When it became apparent that it was incomplete and trustees had more questions than answers, the matter was tabled and placed on the agenda for its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Marijuana ordinance tabled to allow more public input

Discussion of a marijuana ordinance before the Paonia Board of Trustees was tabled at the Sept. 26 meeting to give the public and the board more time to consider its implications. The draft ordinance was also referred to the town Public Safety and Governmental Affairs committee for review.

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Forum focuses on changing energy sector
Forum focuses on changing energy sector

When the Rural Electrification Act of the 1930s was enacted, the country would never have imagined that its ways of producing, distributing and using energy would become outdated in less than 100 years.

Speaking Friday at the first E2 Engage Energy Conference in Paonia, Holy Cross Energy CEO Dr. Bryan Hannegan said that the current grid system has been "massively important" in the nation's economic development and global leadership.

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Butterfly experts open zoo with songs, smiles and science

Did you know that it is time for monarch butterflies to migrate to Mexico and Southern California before winter?

Paonia Elementary's second graders do!

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