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Pioneer Days winners

Parade Winners

Best of Theme --

Ferrier Family.

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Open house Sunday  at Maher Schoolhouse
Open house Sunday at Maher Schoolhouse

Members of the Maher-Onion Valley Community Club will host an open house during the Pioneer Days weekend, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic Maher schoolhouse. The event is Sunday, June 11, from 2-5 p.m. at the schoolhouse, with a special presentation at 3 p.m. The schoolhouse is located five miles south of Crawford.

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Don't miss historical society's book store at Pioneer Days
Don't miss historical society's book store at Pioneer Days

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum will be closed on June 10 in order to have a booth at Pioneer Days in Crawford.

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Crawford chamber launches beautification project
Crawford chamber launches beautification project

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce has set out to beautify downtown and make the business sector more welcoming and inviting to travelers by launching a beautification project they hope to wrap up within the year.

The first phase is to install planter boxes at businesses in town; the board hopes to have six boxes constructed, placed and filled with flowers before Pioneer Days on June 8.

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Diamond Joe's opens
Diamond Joe's opens

Diamond Joe Cafe & Saloon opened last week in Crawford under the ownership/management of Tami Carver, a fifth-generation Crawford resident. The restaurant is located on Hwy. 92 in the former Boardwalk restaurant.

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Melodrama: years of boos, hisses, and cheers
Melodrama: years of boos, hisses, and cheers

"You're a dear. An idiot, but a dear."

It's lines like those that make for fantastic community theater, and that is just a sample of what you'll hear this weekend during the annual melodrama during Crawford Pioneer Days. The melodrama has been a part of Pioneer Days since the very first community event, 39 years ago.

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Fun for the whole family this weekend in Crawford

Every community has a story to tell, and the citizens of Crawford are anxious to share the story of their community during the 39th annual Crawford Pioneer Days, June 8-11. Pioneer Days began as a way to honor the heritage of the area and to recognize those who have helped shape the community. It runs June 8-11 in Crawford.

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Pioneer Days honors Pipher family members
Pioneer Days honors Pipher family members

For the 2017 Crawford Pioneer Days celebration, the planning committee chose to honor the homestead and heritage families that built Crawford, families that have helped shape the community and the town in the past 100 years or so. Heritage families have been invited to ride in the parade, and the theme for the weekend is "Heritage, Family and Friends!"

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Crawford chamber launches beautification project
Crawford chamber launches beautification project

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce has set out to beautify downtown and make the business sector more welcoming and inviting to travelers by launching a beautification project they hope to wrap up within the year.

The first phase is to install planter boxes at businesses in town; the board hopes to have six boxes constructed, placed and filled with flowers before Pioneer Days on June 8.

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Historic school bell  may soon be back home
Historic school bell may soon be back home

The Friends of the Crawford Town Hall have their sight set on a new goal: getting the historic schoolhouse bell returned to the old school building and the current town hall and community center. Now that the town hall has been renovated, many in the community want to see the bell back at the original location, town trustee Hetty Todd explained.

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Messy kitchen prompts new fee in Crawford

After a church group washed greasy dishes in the commercial kitchen at Crawford Town Hall, and after public works director Bruce Bair had to spend three hours cleaning out the grease trap, the town council has decided to implement a $75 refundable cleaning deposit to all entities that use the facility.

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Crawford council tackles safety, vacancy policies

At the recommendation of CIRSA, the insurance cooperative the Town of Crawford uses, trustees implemented new safety procedures for town staff last week.

Public works director Bruce Bair prepared three policies and presented them to trustees for consideration.

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Crawford preps for disasters

Last week trustees for the Town of Crawford implemented a plan that outlines policies and procedures should a catastrophic disaster or emergency happen in town. The effort was spearheaded by Mayor Wanda Gofforth and town clerk Cally Gallegos after they heard a presentation last year by Jeff Wright with Delta County's emergency management department.

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Crawford pledges in-kind support to Nature Connection
Crawford pledges in-kind support to Nature Connection

Anita Evans and Scott Rist with the Nature Connection approached the Town of Crawford last week, seeking financial and in-kind support for a matching Inspire grant they intend to apply for through Greater Outdoors Colorado in July.

The Nature Connection is a nonprofit group working with the Delta County School District and other partners to provide outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education to schoolchildren here.

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Todd Ranch named producer of the year
Todd Ranch named producer of the year

The Todd Ranch in Crawford, owned and operated by Danny and Monita Todd and their daughter Hannah, was recently honored as the 2016 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

A release issued by the Cattlemen's Association says, "The Todd Ranch represents an exemplary family-owned commercial cattle operation that is deeply seeded in ranching heritage.

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Crawford company is big on tiny houses
Crawford company is big on tiny houses

It was a rush to the finish line last week for Colin and April MacGregor of Crawford, owners of Broadtail Builders, a custom home design and construction business, as they made the finishing touches on a home that was heading to Oregon first thing this week. The home was the couple's first tiny home they designed and built.

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Grace meets in Crawford

Grace Community Church of Crawford will celebrate its first public worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Crawford Town Hall. Pastor Jeff Peed, his wife Jennifer and their four children have moved to Crawford, called by God to plant a church.

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Pioneer Days presents 'Heritage, Family & Friends'

Pioneer Days presents "Heritage, Family & Friends" June 8-11. To celebrate these three categories organizers would like to organize parade participants for each group.

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Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications
Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications

After another long discussion over the state of the water fund by Crawford trustees, and after a handful of constituents spoke out against the proposed increase to the water rates during a public hearing, trustees approved a modified plan last week, with the promise to keep working on making the water fund more solvent.

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Crawford expands hours for town clerk to full time

Citing an increased workload, trustees for the Town of Crawford voted last week to increase the town clerk's hours from part time to full time. The office will be open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., starting in two weeks after clerk Cally Gallegos gives notice to her second employer.

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Chris Johnson is new Crawford trustee

Chris Johnson will fill the vacant Crawford Town Council seat, vacated earlier this year by the resignation of Tammy Broughton. He was approved unanimously by the current council.

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Farmer's market in the works for Crawford

One Crawford resident wants to see more activity happening in town, especially activity surrounding locally sourced and produced foods.

Rachel Schmitzer is fairly new to the area, but already has a good handle on the market for locally produced food.

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Montessori pre-registration set for March 20

North Fork Montessori at Crawford School is a Delta County School District public school, K-6th grade is free, with scaled tuition for preschool.

Pre-registration for PRE-K and kindergarten is on Monday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Community steps up to help fire department

Small but mighty is the story of Crawford. In just a few weeks, the community has raised matching funds to help the Crawford Fire Department remodel the fire station and add upgraded restroom and wash facilities.

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Crawford mayor survives recall

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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Crawford works to keep the water flowing

The Town of Crawford is just over $16,000 away from being in the red in its water fund, Public Works Director Bruce Bair told the council last week. "We're not in the hole, but we will be if we don't address this issue," he told trustees.

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Crawford seeks a new trustee

The Town of Crawford hopes to seat a new trustee at its Feb. 15 meeting, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth. Letters of interest are now being accepted from citizens interested in filling the seat vacated by Tammy Broughton on Jan. 17.

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Crawford mayor survives recall vote

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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Old-timers, newcomers celebrate community
Old-timers, newcomers celebrate community

The old, the new and the outstanding was celebrated in Crawford last weekend during the annual Old Timers, Newcomers event. The oldest old-timer, the newest newcomer and the volunteer, business and nonprofit of the year were recognized and celebrated during the potluck meal and community gathering, put on by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Crawford considers 'Jump Start' resolution

Cathy Cheatham with the Friends of Crawford Town Hall reported to Town Council at the Jan. 18 public work session that after expenses, the fourth annual Festival of Trees raised $2,200 for Town Hall improvement projects. "Our town is just so generous," said Cheatham.

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Saunders weighs in on council

In the event that recall efforts against Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth are successful, Gill Saunders will serve the remainder of her four-year term. Saunders, a former trustee, ran for mayor in April, losing to Gofforth by a single vote.

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Crawford trustee resigns as voters consider mayoral recall
Crawford trustee resigns as voters consider mayoral recall

After months of disagreements with fellow council members, Crawford town trustee Tammy Broughton submitted her resignation letter on Jan. 18. The resignation was effective immediately.

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Supporting Alzheimer's caregivers

Crawford resident Jess Deegan wants caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia in Delta County to know that they are not alone.

Dr. Deegan facilitates the Dementia-Caregiver Support Groups in Hotchkiss, Surface Creek and Delta.

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Crawford votes to consult with attorney

Trustees on the Crawford Town Council voted at the Jan. 4 council meeting to consult with the town attorney on pending litigation. The vote was made following an executive session to receive legal advice on litigation questions from town attorney Jim Brown, who was present at the meeting.

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Crawford recall ballots to be mailed the week of Jan. 17

Ballots for the Feb. 7 election to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth will arrive in mail boxes as early as Jan. 18. Delta County chief deputy clerk Rene Loy Maas said the county expects to mail out ballots the week of Jan 17.

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North Fork real estate active in 2016
North Fork real estate active in 2016

Three properties owned by the Town of Paonia that went on the market this fall didn't take long to go under contract. Each of the three parcels have what many buyers are looking for in the North Fork area -- small parcels with a house, and small acreages, preferably with good water rights.

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Town of Crawford now accepting credit cards

In her report to council, Town Clerk Cally Gallegos reported that customers may now pay their town utility bills by credit or debit card. "We will now accept payments on-line, or over the counter or over the phone," said Gallegos.

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Crawford woman sues town following accident

The Town of Crawford has been named the defendant in a lawsuit following an incident that occurred in 2014.

According to a complaint and jury demand document filed Oct. 6 in Delta County District Court by Withers Seidman Rice & Mueller P.C. in Grand Junction, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2014, Crawford resident Stephanie Becker stepped on the cover plate of a water meter located at 504 Cedar Avenue.

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Crawford considers four-day work week for town clerk

The Town of Crawford is considering adding an extra day to the town clerk's three-day work week. Public works director Bruce Bair said at the Dec. 7 meeting that Town Clerk Cally Gallegos is already working the equivalent of a four-day week.

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Crawford adopts 2017 budget

At the Dec. 7 meeting the Crawford Town Council voted to adopt the 2017 budget.

Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution appropriating revenues of $110,912 to the general fund, $83,916 to the water fund, $93,418 to the sewer fund, $1,250 to the Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery), and no monies to the capital projects fund.

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Owners claim dog was poisoned by meth

Don and Vera DeGraffen-reid reported to Crawford council at the Dec. 7 meeting that their little dog was poisoned over Thanksgiving.

The DeGraffenreids, who took their dog to Houseweart Veterinary Clinic, said they believe their dog came in contact with methamphetamine while playing in their yard.

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Crawford mayoral recall election set for Feb. 7
Crawford mayoral recall election set for Feb. 7

Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos announced at the Dec. 7 meeting that the petition to recall mayor Wanda Gofforth has been approved. Trustees approved an election date of Feb. 7. Delta County will run the election, which Gallegos said the county estimates will cost the town $900.

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Crawford recall election date to be set by council

Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos verified Tuesday that a petition to recall Mayor Wanda Gofforth has been deemed sufficient to trigger a recall election. Council will set an election date, possibly in February, said Gallegos.

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Crawford to balance budget with reserves

The Town of Crawford anticipates dipping into its reserves to balance the 2017 budget, but it's not as bleak as originally anticipated.

In looking at the early draft budget back in October, the town was considering a general fund deficit of more than $30,000.

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Crawford residents to limit Cedar Ave. parking

The Town of Crawford reminds citizens that during winter months parking is allowed only on one side of Cedar Avenue. Other than Highway 92, it's probably the busiest street in town, said public works director Bruce Bair.

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Holiday festivities kick off in Crawford
Holiday festivities kick off in Crawford

The Christmas season gets underway this week in Crawford with a full slate of events, including the ever popular Festival of Trees and the Parade of Lights.

The Pioneer Days committee is again organizing the events.

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Escape to the Alpine Village at the Crawford Library

Warm, sunny days have been stretching far into the fall season this year and, for many Delta County residents, it is challenging to get in the holiday spirit with recent highs in the mid-60s. Despite the warm weather, the clock keeps ticking toward December, and calendars are already filling up with holiday parties, craft fairs, performances and parades.

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Crawford holiday festivities begin next week

With all this warm weather, it's hard to imagine that Crawford's annual Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees are just a week away.

The Pioneer Days committee is again organizing the events.

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Crawford council approves donations

At the Nov. 2 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved three donations totaling $1,137. The donations were all included in the town's 2016 budget.

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Crawford sets rules for citizen comments

Citizens wanting to address the Crawford council now have official guidelines to help them determine if their concerns or topics should be placed on the agenda or addressed during the public non-agenda items portion of the meeting.

At the Nov. 2 council meeting, trustees passed, 4-1, a resolution "setting forth the process and criteria for a citizen request to address the city council," and a related "Rules of Procedure and Conduct" for town meetings.

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Crawford trimming back to balance 2017 budget

The Town of Crawford is looking closely at its draft budget for fiscal year 2017 to see where it can trim a shortfall of more than $34,000. The general fund proposes revenues of $104,686 and expenses of $139,647.

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2016 Election Coverage

The voting is over and the counting has begun across the country as the focus is on electing a new president. Early returns show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton locked in a very close contest and it will be long into the night before the outcome will be known.

Closer to home, as of 8 p.m., the Delta County races are fairly well settled but the votes from satellite polling sites have not been tallied. The voter turnout countywide has been very strong, with 62.5 percent casting ballots so far.

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Crawford mayor faces recall

Efforts to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth are under way after a petition was approved on Oct. 27 by Crawford Town Clerk Cally Gallegos. Gofforth was elected as mayor in April, defeating Gill Saunders, 69-68

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Crawford seeks support for mill levy increase

The Town of Crawford is hoping that voters will support a mill levy increase on the general election ballot.

Residents are being asked to consider a five-mill increase to their property taxes.

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Crawford budget hearing set

The first draft of the Town of Crawford budget for fiscal year 2017 is now available for review during regular hours at Crawford Town Hall. The town council will hold a public hearing on the draft at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Mill levy discussion, budget on tonight's agenda in Crawford

At tonight's regularly-scheduled monthly work session, the Town of Crawford will discuss the proposed mill levy increase that voters will decide on in the Nov. 8 election. Delta County assessor Debbie Griffith will be on hand to answer questions and explain how the proposed 5-mill increase will affect taxes.

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Crawford to consider comments on BLM plan

The Town of Crawford will take public comment on its draft comments on the Bureau of Land Management's draft Resource Management Plan at the Oct. 19 meeting.

According to town clerk Cally Gallegos, trustees voted at the Oct. 5 meeting to draft a letter urging protection of the town's interests including water, sewer, recreation, schools and citizens.

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Crawford resident, council at odds over marijuana

A Crawford resident's ongoing attempts to convince town council to allow a marijuana business to operate in town continues to cause turmoil. His request, repeated at the Sept. 22 council meeting, resulted in name-calling, heated arguments, and a trustee walking out in protest of comments made by her fellow trustees.

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Quilt of valor honors veteran's service
Quilt of valor honors veteran's service

Crawford resident Marty Smith does not want the sacrifices her husband Bruce made during the Vietnam War to be forgotten. Earlier this year she asked friends Janet Grigson and Diana Kuene to make him a quilt to honor that service.

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Crawford considers local Neighborhood Watch program

The first steps in creating a Neighborhood Watch program in Crawford were taken at the Sept. 21 council meeting. Kris Stewart with the Delta County Sheriff's Office spoke at the meeting by invitation of trustee and retired law enforcement officer, John Paton.

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Make sure your home address is visible

After at least one recent incident where a crew with the North Fork Ambulance was unable to locate an address on an emergency call, the Crawford Town Council reminds citizens to have their addresses clearly marked and in a conspicuous location at their homes and businesses.

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Crawford okays letter to residents on tax increase

At the Sept. 7 public meeting, Crawford trustees approved a letter regarding the proposed mill levy increase to be sent to all in-town property owners. A ballot question asking voters to approve a 5-mill increase to 7.240 mills will be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

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Carl Page threatens legal action against town
Carl Page threatens legal action against town

A Crawford resident is threatening legal action against the Town of Crawford after a temporary civil protection order against him was dismissed in Delta County Court.

The order was filed against Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall in which Page sought and was denied access to public documents. At an Aug. 2 hearing, Delta County Judge Sandra Miller dismissed the case.

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Crawford's audit 'looks good' but hard times may lie ahead

At the Aug. 17 Crawford Town Council work session, town auditor Pete Blair, of Blair & Associates, gave a presentation on the audit and Independent Auditor's Report for fiscal year 2015.

Blair said that, overall, the town looks good and is "probably right in line with other small towns" that are wondering what's going to happen next in these times of economic uncertainty.

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Crawford will take 5-mill increase to voters

In a meeting continued from the Aug. 3 session, Crawford Town Council voted, 5-1, on Aug. 17 to place a mill levy increase on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

If approved, the increase will bring the mill levy back to mid-1990s levels, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth.

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Crawford voters may see mill levy question

At the Aug. 3 Crawford Town Council meeting, trustees voted unanimously to continue discussion of a proposed mill levy increase to the Aug. 17 work session and possibly vote on a related ballot question to be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

In light of recent and steep declines in mineral tax revenues, the town is considering increasing the mill levy from the current 2.420 to 7.420 mills.

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Protective order against Crawford resident is denied

Delta County Judge Sandra Miller denied the request for a permanent restraining order against Crawford resident Carl Page by the Town of Crawford.

At a hearing on Aug. 2, Miller said she could find no evidence that Page presented any threat to town employees, the Crawford Town Council, or to town clerk Cally Gallegos, who filed the original motion for a civil protection order on June 30 following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall.

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Crawford moving forward with mill levy increase

Crawford Town Council is considering the creation of a pamphlet to educate the public on a mill levy increase which it plans to place on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. At the July 20 work session, Mayor Wanda Gofforth noted that the town's severance tax revenues declined by $821.56 between 2014 and 2015, while mineral leasing declined from $16,348.90 to $7,807.91 or $8,576.99.

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Crawford looking at town hall security camera

Following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall that resulted in the filing in Delta County Court of a protection order against a town citizen, Crawford council will vote at the Aug. 2 meeting to approve purchase and installation of security cameras to be placed in town hall.

At the July 20 work session, public works director Bruce Bair was directed by council to research camera systems.

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Crawford vote skirts state's Sunshine law

Crawford Town Council appears to have violated Colorado Open Meetings Law (Sunshine Law) in conducting town business without proper public notification.

Colorado's Sunshine Law provides that public business, including votes by council members, may not be conducted without public knowledge or proper notification.

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Town intervenes in protection order against resident

What began as a protection order against Crawford citizen Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos is now a protection order with the Town of Crawford as petitioner after Ouray County Court Judge Cory Jackson approved a motion to intervene Friday in a continued hearing at Delta County Court.

Page is represented by attorney Michael Vaughn, of Michael Vaughn Law Offices in Delta.

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Centennial celebration at Pipher homestead
Centennial celebration at Pipher homestead

More than 150 people joined Luce Pipher and family July 23 for a centennial celebration of the Pipher homestead on Crystal Creek, south of Crawford.

Charles Herbert Pipher, aka Coyote Curley, of German descent, came to Crawford from Ohio in 1914 and homesteaded the original 160 acres beginning in 1916.

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Bindi Pennetta named outstanding law grad

Bindi Pennetta was selected as the 2016 "Outstanding Law Graduate" of the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, Wyo. Commencement exercises were held May 14.

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Citizens engage council about court, communication
Citizens engage council about court, communication

The "public non-agenda items" portion of the Crawford Town Council's July 6 meeting made up most of the discussion. Crawford resident Carl Page exercised his First Amendment rights by presenting council with a petition opposing a municipal court that is currently under consideration by the town.

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Town clerk seeks restraining order against citizen

A citizen's request for information at Crawford Town Hall led to the issuing of a temporary restraining order against a Crawford citizen by the town clerk.

A Motion for Civil Protection order was filed on June 30 in Delta County Combined Court on behalf of Cally Gallegos, 53, who was hired as town clerk in February. Gallegos alleges that Crawford resident Carl Page was a threat to her life or health.

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Crawford moves forward with mill levy increase, municipal court

The Crawford Council is moving forward with plans to put a mill levy increase on the November election ballot and to establish a municipal court.

The mill levy increase would help offset anticipated losses in energy severance taxes due to mine closures, according to statements made at past town meetings. In anticipation of putting the issue before voters, council invited Delta County Assessor Debbie Griffith to speak at the June 15 work session.

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Online payments coming for Crawford residents

Crawford water and sewer customers will soon be able to pay their bill by credit card and online through the town's state-sponsored website after trustees unanimously approved the proposal at the June 1 meeting.

The system would allow customers to pay bills safely and securely through the town's state-sponsored website, or at Town Hall during regular business hours.

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38th Pioneer Days celebration a success

One measure of the success of the 38th annual Pioneer Days celebration is the more than 60 parade entries, which topped the old record by four, said Pioneer Days committee chair Tristan Pfeffer. "It went really well," said Pfeffer.


This year's theme, "So True... Red, White & Blue" was demonstrated throughout the parade. King and queen Robert Keenan and sister-in-law Henrietta Keenan were honored for their military service.

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Celebrate Pioneer Days in Crawford
Celebrate Pioneer Days in Crawford

Crawford may be rural, but it has many desirable features and hidden gems. In addition to being near Crawford Airport, Black Canyon National Monument, Crawford State Park and some of the most beautiful scenery in the state, Crawford has a rich arts community that includes world-class glass studios K Dahl Glass and North Rim Glass.

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Mill levy increase on Crawford's agenda

Two topics being considered by the Crawford town council will be discussed at the June 15 work session.

Council members are considering placing a mill levy increase before voters this November.

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Veterans sought for Pioneer Days parade

The 38th annual Crawford Pioneer Days committee is seeking local veterans from all branches of the military to honor with a ride in the annual parade on Saturday, June 11. Regardless of age, branch served or time served, "We are really encouraging all of the area's military who can be here," said committee member Tristan Pfeffer.

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Crawford commercial kitchen ready to rent
Crawford commercial kitchen ready to rent

After the recent installation of a cooking range and hood, the commercial kitchen at Crawford Town Hall is finally ready for use.

The facility was made possible by an anonymous donor, a grant from the Department of Local Affairs, and the balance of funds remaining following completion of Phase II of the remodel and renovation project, which included all of the indoor work, said Friends of Crawford Town Hall board members Susan Hansen and Cathy Cheatham.

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Brady Todd is youngest member of Crawford Legion
Brady Todd is youngest member of Crawford Legion

While the average age of American Legion members at Crawford Cemetery at last Sunday's Memorial Day service hovered somewhere above 60, those at the ceremony couldn't help but notice young Brady Todd. The former Marine is the newest member of the Crawford American Legion Lynch-Cotten Post 190.

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Crawford Fire Auxiliary ramps up support

For decades, the Crawford Women's Fire Auxiliary has provided support for the Crawford Fire Department.

In an effort to improve its support, the auxiliary recently changed its name to the Crawford Fire Auxiliary.

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Legion honors veterans, members

Before the annual Memorial Day ceremonies began Sunday at Crawford Cemetery, American Legion District 11 Commander Jimmy Davidson recognized four long-time local Legion members. "They have been faithful members of Lynch-Cotten Post," Davis told the crowd of about 200 who had gathered for the occasion.

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Memorial Day dinner on May 29 in Crawford

A Memorial Day dinner will be held on Sunday, May 29, at the Crawford Methodist Church. They will be serving Homestead Beef and all the fixin's.

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Crawford Pioneer Days is June 9-12

The doors will open on Pioneer Days at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, with the old-fashioned dessert theater melodrama, "Perils of Priscilla." Friday's events include a baking contest, customer appreciation lunch at Crawford First State Bank Colorado, a dinner to benefit the fireworks display from 4-6:30 p.m., and the annual auction from 6-9 p.m.

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Crawford to participate in county hazard mitigation grant

Crawford town trustees will vote at the June 1 meeting to sign on to participate in the Delta County local hazard mitigation grant. The county recently received the $70,000 planning grant from the state through a Federal Emergency Management Agency program, said Jeff Wright, emergency management director with the county's emergency management department.

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Crawford water, sewer rates see 50ยข increase

At the May 4 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved resolutions amending the base rates for water and wastewater services. The 50-cent increases will go into effect June 1.

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Volunteers needed Saturday

Volunteers are being sought to help this Saturday with cleanup efforts on a section of the 'dobies on Bureau of Land Management lands between Paonia and Crawford. Paonia resident Erin Gallob is organizing the event.

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Crawford council discusses variety of topics

At the April meeting of the Crawford Town Council, the trustees heard that investigation of plumbing troubles by a local resident led to an interesting discovery. The public works department was unable to immediately locate the cause of the problem at the home on I Street.

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Crawford mayor, trustees sworn in
Crawford mayor, trustees sworn in

After an election that couldn't have been any closer, the Town of Crawford swore in its new trustees and mayor April 20 at Crawford Town Hall.

Wanda Gofforth defeated Gill Saunders by one vote, 61-60, and won the mayor's seat.

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One vote gives Gofforth the win

It's official. Wanda Gofforth won the mayoral race over Gill Saunders by a single vote. "It was a little close," said Gofforth, who claimed a 69-68 win.

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Crawford, Paonia await final election results

Two municipal elections in the North Fork area remain undecided while Delta County election officials await signature verifications on a handful of ballots.

As of Tuesday, some signature cures had been received, but final results were still in limbo, said Delta County election supervisor Rene Loy-Maas.

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Swearing in ceremonies begin tonight with Crawford

Assuming there were no ties or needed recounts, election results are in and each of the three North Fork municipal governments will swear in their newly elected leaders at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

Crawford will hold a swearing-in ceremony for four new trustees and a new mayor tonight at 7 p.m. at Crawford Town Hall.

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Unofficial municipal election results

The ballots have been tallied, and the following are the results of the voting in each of the county's municipalities, according to the Delta County Clerks Office:

Hotchkiss voters turned down ballot measures that would have authorized retail or medical marijuana facilities in the community. The medical marijuana measure was rejected with 156 against and 133 in favor; the retail marijuana measure was defeated with 161 against and 129 in favor. A third measure, adding a 2 percent sales tax to marijuana sales, was a moot issue since neither measure authorizing sales was passed.

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Old resentments surface at Crawford forum
Old resentments surface at Crawford forum

In a question and answer session moderated by outgoing mayor Carolyn "Susie" Steckel, years of tension between the sitting council and two of the candidates present was dredged to the surface at the March 9 Crawford candidate forum.

Steckel and candidates Jay Ziegler and Carl Page have a history of inhospitable discourse over events that have been reported by local media in recent years.

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Newcomers and old timers gather in Crawford
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Bee Yard Gardens property purchased

Crawford trustees voted at the March 2 regular session to approve multi-use designation for an existing water and sewer tap at the property formerly known as Bee Yard Gardens. The town will also allow the new owners to move the existing tap to a different location on the property.

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Crawford council seeks to honor 'Gabby'
Crawford council seeks to honor 'Gabby'

The Crawford Town Council is considering how best to honor a longtime employee after a local couple sought support for a memorial bench.

Hotchkiss residents Gary and Elaine Violett asked the town for support for a memorial bench as a way to honor Dale "Gabby" George, the former longtime public works director who passed away last month.

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North Fork raptor field trip is a birding favorite
North Fork raptor field trip is a birding favorite

From an active bald eagle nest on Rogers Mesa to three kestrels on utility poles along Highway 92, area birders documented several species during Sunday's annual raptor viewing field trip. Bird-watchers captured a rare sighting of a Peregrine falcon on Scenic Mesa, and two more bald eagles perched above a golden eagle, with Land's End, Saddle Mountain and Needle Rock as a backdrop.

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Dog attacks Crawford girl

A 10-year-old girl Crawford girl was attacked by a dog the afternoon of Feb. 16, while riding her bicycle.

Sammi Beck was bitten in the leg while riding down an alleyway while on her way to her Nana's house, said her mom, Shelley Bergem-Beck.

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Crawford voters have choices for council

Crawford voters have six candidates from whom to choose to fill the two seats open on their town council in this year's election. The following are brief profiles of the council candidates.

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Commercial kitchen in town hall hits snag

The grand opening of the newly-renovated Crawford Town Hall was held last July, but one phase of the project remains incomplete, and that's causing a lot of frustration and may cost the Friends of Crawford Town Hall $5,000.

FCTH president Susan Hansen sought direction from council at the Feb. 17 work session.

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Two want to be Crawford's mayor

Crawford is looking to fill two council seats for four-year terms and elect a new mayor in the April 5 municipal election. For those wanting to know more about the candidates and where they stand on specific issues, a candidate forum will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Town Hall Community Room.

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Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system
Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system

Crawford's own Jeneve Rose Mitchell will appear for at least one more week in the 15th and final season of American Idol after impressive performances as a Top 24 finalist.

On the Feb. 3 show, which airs on Fox, Mitchell wowed the audience and three celebrity judges, sealing a place among the Top 14 finalists and capturing the judges' hearts with a moving cover of Sarah Mclachlan's "Angels."

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Historical society speaker will talk about Santa Fe Trail
Historical society speaker will talk about Santa Fe Trail

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the newly remodeled Crawford Town Hall.

The program will be a presentation by the co-author of a recently published book about the Santa Fe Trail.

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Crawford considers plowing, GOCO grant

Comments from a Crawford resident about problems caused by his neighbor plowing an alleyway prompted public works director Bruce Bair to bring the issue up before council at the Feb. 3 meeting.

The citizen expressed concern about drainage after the neighbor filled in a drainage system he'd created at the end of the alley.

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Mayor Steckel recalls accomplishments
Mayor Steckel recalls accomplishments

Carolyn "Susie" Steckel is proud of Crawford's accomplishments during her four-year term as mayor.

At the top of Steckel's list going into office were the slowing of traffic on Highway 92 through the downtown core, and completion of the renovation and remodeling of Town Hall.

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Three North Fork towns to hold trustee elections

All three North Fork municipalities received enough petitions for councils and board of trustees to hold elections in April.

In Hotchkiss, council seats currently held by Larry Jakubiak, Dustyn Foster, James Roberts and mayor pro tem Carrie Wingfield are up for election.

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Crawford council petitions due Monday

Crawford Town Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, at Crawford Town Hall.

It's an election year and three, four-year council seats, held by Wanda Gofforth, Larry Kontour and Hetty Todd, and a two-year term held by Gill Saunders are up for election.

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Ice fishing and more on tap at Crawford Reservoir
Ice fishing and more on tap at Crawford Reservoir

Recent sub-freezing temperatures have left layers of ice over area lakes and reservoirs, including Crawford Reservoir, where ice fishing is in full swing. Ice anglers are reporting catching all of the species known to be in the reservoir, including yellow perch, black crappie, rainbow trout, channel catfish, pike, large-mouth bass and carp, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson.

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Story times last through time at the Delta County Libraries

Between 1992 and 2014, the number of programs offered to patrons by Delta County Libraries increased almost 10 times. Libraries have added numerous opportunities for patrons of different ages over the years, but one program has been around the entire time, scheduled almost without fail every week in every library, catering to the youngest of library patrons.

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Crawford teen lands American Idol audition
Crawford teen lands American Idol audition

Jeneve Rose Mitchell has been performing music most of her life. Her dad introduced her to music at age 3. The first song she learned was The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Municipal election petitions due early

Citizens interested in running for election in 2016 take note: Changes have been made in the timeline for submitting petitions.

Petitions for individuals seeking a seat on the Paonia board of trustees or Hotchkiss and Crawford councils can be picked up at respective town offices on Jan. 5, and must be completed and submitted to the respective town hall no later than Jan. 25.

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Crawford adopts budget

At the Dec. 9 meeting of the Crawford Town Council, council members unanimously passed the 2016 budget and related ordinances. Councilor Wanda Gofforth was not present.

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Cocker holiday house sale nets $99,000
Cocker holiday house sale nets $99,000

Everyone was feelin' alright when the doors opened to the Cocker Kids Foundation holiday house sale last Friday morning. More than 300 people lined up early to pay $5 to get first pick of thousands of items belonging to the late Joe Cocker and his wife, Pam.

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Holiday village provides inspiration for writing contest
Holiday village provides inspiration for writing contest

There is a beautiful village in Crawford that many Delta County residents have never seen, even those who live in the area. Lights twinkle in houses frosted with snow, people sing carols and cross country ski and chop wood, animals wander freely through pleasant snowy streets, and, despite the weather, no one seems cold.

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Fruitland Mesa Club still going strong
Fruitland Mesa Club still going strong

While no one knows the exact date it happened, when the Fruitland Mesa Club was founded sometime in the 1930s, the ranch women living on the agriculturally rich mesa were quite secluded from the rest of the world. They formed the club as a way to overcome that feeling of isolation and provide support to one another.

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Crawford set to approve 2016 budget
Crawford set to approve 2016 budget

The Crawford town council is scheduled to pass the 2016 budget at the regularly scheduled Dec. 9 work session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Holiday scenes from Crawford
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Crawford's Parade of Lights this Friday
Crawford's Parade of Lights this Friday

The Town of Crawford is gearing up for a long list of holiday events, most of which will be held at the newly-remodeled Town Hall. For those who haven't seen the new Town Hall, festivities will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, providing numerous opportunities to see all of the work, said organizer Tristan Pfeffer.

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Shining a light on Crawford's star

Crawford Town Hall won't be as festively lit as in past years due to removal of lights during the renovation project, which was completed last summer. There's not enough time left to reinstall them, said Bair.

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Comments sought on Zanni Lateral EA

Crawford Public Works Director Bruce Bair updated the town at the Nov. 18 work session on the Bureau of Reclamation's recent release of a draft environmental assessment on the Zanni Lateral of the Clipper Ditch. The EA addresses a proposed piping project on the lateral as part of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

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Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable
Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable

Bruce Bair, public works director for the Town of Crawford, has been named an at-large member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. Bair expressed interest in the roundtable in September when Wendell Koontz, the mayor of Hotchkiss and senior mine geologist for Arch Coal, announced he would be stepping down as municipal representative for Delta County.

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Crawford continues broadband discussion

In light of passage of the Town of Crawford Ballot Question 2D, which more than 77 percent of town voters approved in the Nov. 3 combined election, trustees continued discussion of funding of the project at the Nov. 4 town work session. Question 2D asked voters to opt out of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, which calls for voter approval before a local government can use taxpayer money to engage in providing telecommunications services.

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Perseverance pays off for Crawford businesses
Perseverance pays off for Crawford businesses

Some projects seem like they never end, but diligence and perseverance have paid off for the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses. Back in 2013 at a monthly board meeting the chamber directors were discussing ways to benefit local businesses and encourage more people to visit Crawford.

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Get ready for Crawford's parade, tree festival

North Fork businesses can start thinking of a theme for their trees after the Crawford Pioneer Days committee announced that it would lead efforts to keep the annual Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees from being canceled.

"We decided we don't want to see events in Crawford dry up," said CPD chair Tristan Pfeffer.

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Crawford council resets town hall rental fees

The Crawford Town Council reset room rates for the newly-remodeled town hall after local organizations complained that they were no longer affordable.

"They came up at our last board meeting," said Keith Nichols, a Fruitland Domestic Water Company board member.

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Crawford chamber seeks board members

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the First State Bank Crawford Branch. The chamber is seeking volunteer board members willing to commit to a minimum of a two-year term.

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LEDs amount to big savings for Crawford

The Town of Crawford is saving more than $300 per month to light its streets after Delta-Montrose Electric Association replaced existing high-pressure and mercury vapor bulbs with LED lights throughout the town last year.

"That's insane," said town clerk Toby Stephenson.

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Crawford council will revisit town hall rental rates

Crawford trustees plan to revisit the town's rental rate schedule for the newly remodeled community room and other rooms at Town Hall at tonight's regularly scheduled work session. The issues of the rates, where were passed in August, came up at the Oct. 8 town meeting when Crawford Chamber president Connie Layton, speaking on behalf of the Fruitland Mesa Club, requested that the rental for this year's annual craft fair be waived, since the club can't afford the $100 rate.

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Crawford firefighter thwarts spread of fire
Crawford firefighter thwarts spread of fire

When a fire erupted at a house on A Street in Crawford the evening of Oct. 2, Crawford Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Mike Tiedeman was in the right place at the right time and was paying attention.

"There's a lot of people calling Mike our local hero," said Crawford mayor Susie Steckel at the Oct. 7 council meeting.

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Crawford will budget for broadband project

The town of Crawford has agreed to budget about $60,000 over the next two to three years to pay for its estimated share of installation of "final mile" broadband infrastructure. The project is part of a $5.2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs obtained by Region 10 to provide affordable high-speed broadband Internet services to Montrose and Delta counties.

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Montessori students observe 9/11 with visit to fire station
Montessori students observe 9/11 with visit to fire station

North Fork Montessori at Crawford, a Delta County public school, observed Sept. 11 by presenting the Crawford Fire Department with a freedom quilt. The first, second and third grade students learned about the tremendous courage shown by the firefighters of New York City, on that tragic day in 2001.

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Crawford discusses long-term camper use
Crawford discusses long-term camper use

During the Sept. 2 Crawford Town Council meeting, public works director Bruce Bair brought up a non-agenda issue regarding RVs and campers parked on in-town properties. The issue isn't the units themselves, but the fact some of them are currently occupied.

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Welcome the new pastor

Join the members of the Crawford Community Methodist Church in welcoming their new pastor, Rev. Amos Kariuki at an open community barbecue at the Crawford church on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m.

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Crawford considers options for SB 05-152

The Crawford Town Council was considering calling a special meeting last week following a presentation by Delta-Montrose Electric Association and Delta County Economic Development representatives regarding bringing high-speed broadband Internet fiber optics to the town.

For the town to support the effort, voters must approve a referendum asking for the town to opt out of Senate Bill 05-152.

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Crawford residents asked to continue to battle weeds
Crawford residents asked to continue to battle weeds

The Town of Crawford is pleased with the response to its annual letter requesting removal of noxious weeds. At the Aug. 5 trustees meeting, public works director Bruce Bair followed up on the letters, sent in June, asking residents whose properties had signs of weed problems to remove them.

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A celebration six years in the making
A celebration six years in the making

Last Friday, more than 75 people gathered in celebration of the million-dollar, six-year renovation and restoration project of the Crawford School. Not long ago, the landmark building was considered for demolition.

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Crawford hires clerk, considers town hall fees
Crawford hires clerk, considers town hall fees

The next time you visit the Town of Crawford you will be welcomed by a new face, if you haven't already met her.

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Crawford Town Hall dedication is this Friday

This Friday the Town of Crawford, Crawford Town Council and Friends of Crawford Town Hall will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of renovation and historic preservation of the Town Hall building.

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