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Community spirit in the spotlight

Community spirit in the spotlight

A baker, a creative nonprofit, and the oldest volunteer radio DJ in the country were among the recipients of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce's 2017 community awards. The awards were presented Feb. 8 during the organization's annual board meeting held at Wisehart Springs Inn.

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Delta qualifies 3 to state with Church and Barrios winning regional titles

Delta qualifies 3 to state with Church and Barrios winning regional titles

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison made a good decision when it signed Delta senior Logan Church to its wrestling program. Church will be the No. 1 seed when the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships open tomorrow at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Bruins win Region 1 mat title

Bruins win Region 1 mat title

Cedaredge head wrestling coach Cutter Garrison estimates that last weekend's regional team title ended a three decades long championship drought.

The Bruins placed 13 wrestlers and scored 226 points to win the Class 2A Region 1 title Saturday at Delta High School, outscoring 14 other teams, including Paonia and Hotchkiss.

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Eagles qualify 10 wrestlers for 2018 state tournament

The Paonia Eagles placed 12 wrestlers and scored 203.5 points to finish second Saturday at the 2A Region 1 tournament.

Senior Clay Campbell was one of three Paonia wrestlers to go undefeated.

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Dogs 3rd with three titles

Hotchkiss will send eight wrestlers to state this Thursday. In the Class 2A Region 1 tournament, the Bulldogs finished third with 178 points and placed 10 wrestlers.

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Mandate could hit Paonia businesses in pocketbook

A Colorado safe drinking water program policy adopted in 2015 could result in one-time and annual costs for some commercial property owners serviced by the Paonia Water Department.

In response to the state's "Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Rule Implementation Policy," town trustees recently passed a resolution establishing "cross connection and backflow prevention" rules and regulations for businesses and multi-family units serviced by the water department.

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Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'

Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'

In late January the Town of Paonia leveled most of what was left of the old baseball field at Paonia Town Park. And while it didn't look like much in recent years, the history of the little baseball field goes way back, said Paonia native Ron Rowell.

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Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong

Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong

National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.

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Etter's pin seals mat win

With one match remaining last Friday night at Delta High School, the host Panthers were leading by a slim three points against Paonia.

For Class 2A Paonia to win the annual dual against the Class 3A Panthers, 126-pound sophomore Zeb Etter needed at least a major win over Ayden Tucker.

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Paonia boys 9-1 in league

Paonia boys 9-1 in league

The Eagles upped their winning streak to five games and their conference record to 9-1 last week with wins over Vail Mountain, North Park and West Grand.

The North Park and West Grand games marked the first starts for junior Elan Maulhardt.

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Eagle girls beat 2A foes

Eagle girls beat 2A foes

With two weeks remaining in regulation play the Eagles upped their 2A/1A Western Slope conference record to 7-2 with wins over North Park and West Grand.

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Bulldogs win Norwood wrestling tournament

Hotchkiss wrestlers scored 136 points to win the Norwood Maverick Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Host school, Norwood scored 103.5 points to finish second at the seven-team tournament.

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Delta to host regional meet

This Friday and Saturday, wrestlers from around the state will compete at one of four regional meets for a chance to wrestle at the 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

In Delta County, 14 teams will compete in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament at Delta High School.

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Bruins end with a win

Cedaredge ended the dual season Friday with a 10-5 record after defeating the Cowboys, 58-19, at Meeker. "I think it was good for our boys to end the season on a win," said head coach Cutter Garrison. "The guys wrestled well."

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Delivering the mail for 60 years

Delivering the mail for 60 years

When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.

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Unexpected turns...

Unexpected turns...

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.

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'Elf the Musical' a hit

'Elf the Musical' a hit

It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.

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An emblem of school pride

An emblem of school pride

Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.

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Branching out

Branching out

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.

Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.

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For the moral good of the people. . .

For the moral good of the people. . .

Paonia United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Dunkel is a third-generation coal miner, but he's not from the North Fork area. He grew up in Creede. At age 26 he was called to serve the United Methodist Church, and a year ago he was assigned to Paonia.

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A dog's eye view of Lewis & Clark

A dog's eye  view of  Lewis & Clark

The story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is among the most well-known and studied voyages of all time. It has been told and retold from the human perspective. But what did the dog see?

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In pursuit of a dream

In pursuit of a dream

It's hard to imagine that a 15-year-old farm girl living on the side of a mountain outside of Crawford could become a top 14 finalist on the glitzy hit show American Idol. But Jeneve Rose Mitchell believed she could, and so did her family.

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Bringing the challenges of migrant farmworkers into focus

Bringing the challenges of   migrant farmworkers into focus

Since 1992, photographer Celia Roberts has crisscrossed Colorado and the country documenting the nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As a result, her life has taken on new meaning.

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Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Eleven-year-old Haylee is busy de-stemming and slicing bright red strawberries for lemonade-strawberry slushies. As she carefully cuts with a chef's knife she explains how she helps her mom prepare dinner at home.

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Neighbor helping neighbor

Neighbor helping neighbor

Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.

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Helping hands!

Helping hands!

These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.

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Investing in paradise

Investing in paradise

Since the early part of the 20th century, seeing movies on the big screen has been an American tradition. The big screen came to Paonia in October 1928, when an enterprising citizen named Tom Poulos opened the Paonia Theatre on Grand Avenue.

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Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.

"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.

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Good vibrations!

Good vibrations!

When it comes to music, David Alderdice wants his students to say "yes" to opportunity.

A world-class percussionist and session drummer, Alderdice has collaborated with musicians from throughout the world.

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A unique legacy in books

A unique  legacy in books

To say that Katherine Colwell has authored many books is a misnomer.

To explain her numerous works, including her showpiece, "Red White and Blue in Utah 1988," forget that books are made of pages, bound between two covers, read left to right, front to back.

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