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Eagles 2-1 after CR win

Eagles 2-1 after CR win

Three big pass plays and a strong defensive effort gave the Paonia Eagles a non-conference, 19-0 win Friday night at Coal Ridge. Eagles quarterback Grey Neal completed four of eight passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

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Bulldog gridiron team defeats Gunnison JV

Bulldog gridiron team defeats Gunnison JV

Jace Peebles ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns in 18 carries and Yahir Chavez ran for two TDs and 73 yards in seven carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 35-14 win against the Gunnison junior varsity squad Friday night at Gunnison High School. Gunnison did not field a varsity team this season.

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Paonia leads 2A CC teams at Eagle Valley

Paonia leads 2A CC teams at Eagle Valley

The Paonia cross country teams both had strong showings Saturday at the 22-team Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational. Paonia was one of three Class 2A teams at the mostly 3A/4A meet.

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Bulldogs lose volleyball game to Plateau Valley

A 3-1, 24-26, 18-25, 25-22, 11-25 loss at Plateau Valley gives the Hotchkiss volleyball team a 5-4 overall and a 1-3 conference record.

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Local teams compete in Gunnison Invitational

Led by Lupita Garcia's 16th place time of 22 minutes, 30.99 seconds, the Olathe girls placed fifth overall Saturday at the 21-team Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational cross country meet at Gunnison.

Angela Alcaraz placed 29th in 23:58.08 and and Jaden Valdez 30th in 23:59.3, respectively; Cheyanne Germann placed 48th, Bailey Harris was 78th, and freshman Raquel Lovato finished 92nd for the Pirates.

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Paonia trustees address budgets, buildings and mag chloride

It's municipal budget season and the Town of Paonia has released its annual preliminary budget calendar. The second of a series of budget work sessions is scheduled from 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, ahead of the regularly scheduled meeting of the trustees at 6:30 p.m.

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DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes

DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes

Delta-Montrose Electric Association has had to adjust to a lot of changes since its incorporation as the Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association in August of 1938. When power first flowed through its lines in May of 1939, the cooperative served 250 members.

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PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity

PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity

Hang on to your top hats and put on your sunglasses. It's Homecoming week at Paonia Junior-Senior High School. This year's star-struck theme is "The Movies."

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A decade of KPP kids serving the community

A decade of KPP kids serving the community

As local nonprofits seek new and creative avenues for funding, one youth-based North Fork organization has raised more than $100,000 for charitable organizations over the past decade. It does it simply by bringing people together for a pasta dinner.

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World music coming to 'Paradise'

World music coming to 'Paradise'

For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.

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Paonia town meetings heading to the 'cloud'

Paonia residents will soon be able to access town meeting agendas and other documents and data in "the cloud."

At the Aug. 28 board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a cloud-based meeting and agenda management software system and related contract services from Municode.

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Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary Environment Assessment for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the upper North Fork Valley. The letter is signed on behalf of mayor, the board, and town citizens.

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Eagles rout Monte Vista 41-0 in football

After a season-opening loss, the Paonia Eagles gave Monte Vista a drubbing on its own turf Friday for a 41-0 win. The Pirates (0-2, 1A Southern Peaks League) were coming off of a 24-0 season-opening loss to 2A Alamosa.

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Eagles volleyball goes 1-3 for the week

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is 3-3 overall after three straight losses and a win. Paonia opened at De Beque (6-0 overall, 4-0 2A/1A Western Slope League) with a 3-2, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 14-16 conference loss.

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Schwieterman, Paonia girls win Hotchkiss XC

At Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational meet, the Paonia girls owned the course. Three Eagles finished in the top 10 to win the meet with 12 points.

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Bartlett takes second at Hotchkiss meet

Paonia senior cross country runner Ethan Bartlett continues to shatter his own records. Bartlett took second Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational, behind Montrose junior Sean Graff.

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Keller, Egging lead Bulldog XC runners

Tevin Keller led the Hotchkiss boys at the team's home invitational meet Saturday. Keller placed 17th with a time of 21:10.08.

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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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