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Drought resilience requires investment
Drought resilience requires investment

If it hadn't been for the salts in the soils beneath his farm near Hotchkiss, Tom Kay (TK) likely would not have been able to fully irrigate his corn field this past summer. Because he has salty soils, TK was able to get government assistance to replace an old flood irrigation system with a center-pivot sprinkler system several years ago.

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Time to get your entry ready for Festival of Trees

With snow dusting the tops of the mountains, thoughts are turning to the holidays in Crawford. The Pioneer Days Committee has big plans for this year's Parade of Lights and Crawford's Festival of Trees and invites everyone to begin preparing.

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BoCC comments on wilderness

Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes have submitted their assessment concerning wilderness in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

The commissioners noted that Delta County currently encompasses wilderness and wilderness study areas.

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Paonia declares opposition to Amendment 74

The Paonia board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution opposing an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that voters will be asked to consider in the Nov. 6 ballot.

The resolution states that Amendment 74, "Compensation to Owners for Decreased Property Value Due to State Regulation Initiative," or the "Just Compensation" initiative, would "drastically limit state and local government services at a high cost to taxpayers."

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Iron Point 3D Seismic Project comments requested

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests is accepting public comment on the Iron Point 3D Seismic Project.

Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) has proposed conducting a 3-D seismic survey on approximately 28,000 acres of public lands north of Paonia in Delta and Gunnison counties to determine if there is oil and gas development potential, identify locations for exploratory drilling and locate subsurface features that could impede development of existing oil and gas leases.

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Hotchkiss chamber invites nominations

The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year.

"It is again time to recognize those businesses, individuals and nonprofits in our community that really shine," said chamber president Nathan Sponseller.

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Ambulance questions are at end of ballot

North Fork Ambulance officials want voters to know their two ballot initiatives are the last two questions on a very long ballot this year. "We have two ballot measures this year, 7E & 7F," says Kathy Steckel, executive director with North Fork Ambulance.

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Letters of interest due Nov. 1

Paonia residents interested in serving on the Paonia Town Board of Trustees have until Nov. 1 to submit a letter of interest. Qualified applicants must be 18 or older, a registered voter, and have lived within town limits for the past 12 consecutive months.

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Voters consider special district for North Fork Ambulance

After three years of carefully considering options, the North Fork Ambulance (NFA) has determined that the path to sustainability lies in the creation of a special district.

The November ballot contains a question asking voters to approve the creation of the North Fork Ambulance Service District.

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Paonia board approves three grant applications
Paonia board approves three grant applications

Paonia trustees recently approved three grant applications for the town, two related to parks and recreation, and a third related to marijuana enforcement.

A $45,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Local Park and Outdoor grant would go toward "substantial improvements" to Poulos Park.

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Voters consider mill levy increase, de-Brucing for special districts

The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District and the Crawford Water Conservancy District are seeking a property tax increase on the November ballot.

Special districts throughout the state have seen revenues drop with a decline in residential property assessments triggered by the Gallagher Amendment.

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Bank of Colorado to sponsor Annie's Project in Paonia

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. Bank of Colorado is proud to support this new growth in our communities by sponsoring Annie's Project in Paonia Nov. 1-3.

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Memorial space available still in Miner's Statue Plaza
Memorial space available still in Miner's Statue Plaza

With renovation of the Miner's Statue Plaza at Paonia Town Park completed this summer, the committee overseeing the project is hoping to begin installing granite plaques on the two memorial walls installed as part of the project. The walls are intended to commemorate miners and those who contributed to development of the North Fork Valley, the community, industries and Paonia Town Park.

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Rotary forms satellite club

Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley is forming a satellite club and will hold a kick-off meeting for interested members at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Remedy Juice Bar Cafe, 232 Grand Avenue, Paonia.

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North Fork Ambulance gains support of Healthier Colorado

Committed to supporting innovative pro-health policies throughout the state, Healthier Colorado last week released a statement of strong support for ballot questions 7E and 7F and is proud to work for its passage with the Yes for North Fork Ambulance committee.

In the North Fork Ambulance service area, requests for ambulance service have increased while the combined revenue from insurance reimbursements, grants, and membership fees have proved insufficient to meet the rising costs of this vital service.

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Paradise launches capital campaign
Paradise launches capital campaign

Since 1928, Paonia's downtown movie theater has been an integral part of the town and the North Fork Valley community. Originally built after the Gayety theater burned down, the Paonia Theater opened Oct. 5, 1928.

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Hotchkiss seeks voter approval for sale of shop
Hotchkiss seeks voter approval for sale of shop

Registered electors in the Town of Hotchkiss are looking at a couple of ballot questions that could impact their property taxes and a third that won't hit them in the pocketbook -- at least initially.

The Town of Hotchkiss is seeking voter approval to sell the public works building at 222 W. Bridge Street for an amount not less than $168,500.

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Crawford eyes rate hikes as it develops budget

The Crawford Town Council reviewed a draft of the town's 2019 budget during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

In connection with reviewing the draft budget, the trustees discussed the need to raise water and sewer fees to offset growing expenses and to build reserves to a reasonable level.

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