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BMW Top of the Rockies Rally in Paonia this week

BMW Top of the Rockies Rally in Paonia this week

The North Fork Valley will see an influx of motorcycle traffic beginning today. Cyclists are arriving in Paonia for the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 47th annual Top O' the Rockies Rally scheduled for July 19-22 at Town Park.

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Voluntary conservation efforts working in Paonia

Paonia water users, pat yourselves on the back. Your efforts to conserve precious water resources is working.

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Former trustee booted from town meeting

Former trustee booted from town meeting

A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.

The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.

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Volunteers, community make 72nd Cherry Days a success

The 72nd annual Cherry Days is now memories and photographs. But from coordination with the Town of Paonia to the last of the bands, the event went very well, said Cherry Days Forever Committee chair Bob Bushta.

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Cancer bike tour rolls into town

Cancer bike tour rolls into town

Members of a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise support for cancer victims passed through Delta County over the weekend.

"Team San Francisco" is one of six teams of cyclists and runners traveling coast to coast this summer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults "4K for Cancer" ride.

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Paonia P&Z considers rezoning, special review

The Paonia Planning and Zoning Commission will make recommendations to town trustees regarding two separate issues at the July 24 public meeting.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to recommend denial of an application for rezoning for Autumn Clark, who requested a zoning change from R-1 to R-2 for property located at 123 Oak Avenue.

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How Paonia's football field got its name

How Paonia's football field got its name

Did you know that the football field at Paonia Town Park actually has a name?

In a history of the field compiled by former town trustee David Bradford, in 1922, Violet M. and Harold C. Clark agreed to sell the parcel that would become Paonia Town Park to the town for $10,000.

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Flash flood pours through Paonia Sunday

The recent evening rains have provided welcome relief from one of the driest seasons in recorded history, but Sunday night's downpour in the Paonia area produced some not-so-welcome flooding that closed the trail loop at Paonia River Park and the Apple Valley Park tennis courts.

It also serves as a reminder and a cautionary tale on the power of flash floods.

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Paonia considers how to spend new sales tax revenue

Paonia trustees will consider adopting amendments to the 2018 fiscal year budget at the July 10 board meeting. Among the amendments are the appropriation of anticipated $68,300 in revenue the town will receive in 2018 from a one percent increase to the local sales tax, which took effect July 1.

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Paonia P&Z at full strength, will meet July 9

After months of seeing little to no action, the Paonia Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, to conduct a special review for permitted uses and to consider a request for a zoning change from R-1 (single residential) to R-2 for 123 Oak Avenue.

Also on the agenda, at 6:30 p.m. the commission will hold a special review regarding compliance with town Municipal Code for Edesia Community Kitchen & Farmers Market, Christian Scale and Edward Meade, 395 Clark Avenue, Unit A.

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Don's Market receives life-saving defibrillator

Don's Market receives life-saving defibrillator

First responders know as well as anyone that in an emergency situation, basic CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) may mean the difference between life and death.

On Sunday, Don's Market installed an AED unit donated to the store by the North Fork Ambulance Association through its AED Program.

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Paonia trustees allocate $550,000 for tank repair

The Town of Paonia is again seeking bids for sandblasting removal of a failed liner from the one million-gallon Clock water treatment plant on Lamborn Mesa after awarding a bid of $78,364 to Eckert-based Grand Mesa Mobile Dustless Blasting. When contacted by the town that it was awarded the bid, Grand Mesa Mobile informed the town that it was not available, said Public Works Director Travis Loberg.

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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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