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Hospital CEO optimistic about health care
Hospital CEO optimistic about health care

It's one of the most complex and controversial issues in America today. It's also the fastest growing sector of the economy.

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Request for 20-mph zone denied

A request by residents of Creek Vista Crossing for the Paonia Board of Trustees to consider lowering the recently approved speed limit of 25 mph along Vista Drive was recently denied.

Vista Drive is a curvy section of town street that begins where Minnesota Avenue ends and dead-ends at the entrance to Hawks Haven Subdivision.

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Former Paonia resident Margaret Crawford turns 100
Former Paonia resident Margaret Crawford turns 100

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was president, the U.S. had just entered World War I, and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded when Margaret Crawford was born in Durango, Colo.

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Time running out to direct future growth in Hotchkiss

If you call Hotchkiss home, you have just days left to make your voice heard and help guide future growth and development for your community for the next 10 years. Members of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission and Hotchkiss Town Council are asking residents one last time to be active participants in the community by filling out a short survey, the information from which will be used to draft the town's master plan update.

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Creative Coalition hosting cultural asset scoping meetings

If you could improve the North Fork Valley for the benefit of the public, what would you improve? Looking at what is here now, would you build a recreation center with a pool?

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Production company filming in Paonia July 28

Do you own a classic 1980s automobile? Want to give that beauty its 15 seconds of fame? Here's your chance.

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Town's investigation finds Brunner violated laws

It's a story that's all too common today: elected officials making the news over their use of email.

In an eight-page memo to the Town of Paonia, attorney Bo James Nerlin found that former town trustee Bill Brunner violated state statue, town code, and the town's "Standards of Conduct" and exceeded his authority in releasing a series of emails to the media, and in publicly lodging accusations against town staff, the mayor, and two trustees. Nerlin presented the memo to the board on July 11.

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46th BMW rally opens Thursday

The BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 46th annual Top O' the Rockies rally officially kicks off Thursday, July 20, at Paonia Town Park. The event features live music, social events, food vendors, activities, games and special presentations.

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Hotchkiss isn't interested in de-annexation
Hotchkiss isn't interested in de-annexation

An Arkansas family received a painful lesson on Delta County development regs last week when they petitioned the Town of Hotchkiss to de-annex their property, allowing them to build three homes without having to abide by the town's subdivision specifications. Trustees replied emphatically "no can do."

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Monks bless the water at Paonia River Park
Monks bless the water at Paonia River Park

On Saturday morning, the Tibetan Monks of the Deprung Loseling Monastery in India stood on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River and prayed for protection of its waters. While they chanted and prayed, toddlers played in the mud, ravens called from nearby, and adults waded cautiously in the slow-moving waters.

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Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days
Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days

A few short years ago it was in jeopardy of going away. But a small and dedicated group of volunteers stepped forward to keep the annual Cherry Days celebration alive. Last week, the 71st annual Cherry Days celebration went off with nary a hitch.

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BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23
BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23

For the 28th year the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado will hold its annual Top O' the Rockies Rally in Paonia. While the official rally runs July 20-23, cyclists will begin arriving a little early, said Paonia event coordinator Bob Bushta.

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Deer, elk scoping sessions underway
Deer, elk scoping sessions underway

Deer and elk hunters, outfitters and guides, landowners, wildlife viewers and photographers have a window of opportunity to weigh in on how big game herds in and around the Delta County area will be managed in the coming years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a series of scoping sessions to gather public comment on how herds are managed in Game Management Units 53 and 63 for deer and GMUs 53, 54 and 63 for elk.

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Demolition derby returns to Delta County Fair

After a three-year hiatus the Demolition Derby returns to the Delta County Fair. The derby will kick off the fair beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

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Weekly locals' market Thursdays in Paonia

Edesia Community Kitchen, 395 Clark Ave., in Paonia, is hosting a weekly locals market from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Edesia's wood-fired pizza and a variety of products from local vendors are available. Other vendors are being sought for the market.

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Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum
Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Ezra Russell has been selected to attend the 2017 summer National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense, an Envision program to be held in Washington, DC., July 23-28.

He will join other outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique career development opportunity which introduces students to firsthand experiences and challenging career options in national security and related fields.

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Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery
Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery

Dorothy Garber would have so enjoyed Friday night's opening at the Creamery Arts Center.

"Changing Direction: New Work by the Hotchkiss Fine Art Association" showcases a variety of mediums by HFAA artist-members Dana Bradley, Rosalie Clock, Jeanine Cowan, Dona Doye, Cedar Keshet Fowler, Gary Hall, Peter Halladay Bobby Hass, Peggy Judy, Mary Jursinovic, Emily Matteson, Gini McNair, Mary Smith, Jean M. Storz, Jaquita Watters, and Lynne Norton Anderson (with Robert Lueallen as firemeister for her raku pottery).

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Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage
Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage

Over the decades, Celia Roberts' photographs have captured images that grab at the heart and tug at the imagination. The Blue Sage will host an opening reception for a retrospective of Roberts' photographs from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

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Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor
Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor

It's hard to say what catches the attention of a visitor first: the collective hum of hundreds of buzzing bees nestled in the stalks of 600 blooming lavender plants; or, the deep, vivid purple-hued plants themselves, gorgeously stretched out the length of an orchard, with cherry and peach trees along either side of the neat rows, and the West Elk Mountains as a backdrop. Equally as tantalizing to the senses is the earthy fragrance: the sunshine and soil and fresh, clean air, all of which enhances the warm, rich scent of fresh lavender.

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