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Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days
Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days

The Paonia Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires late last week. On Thursday, April 13, they responded to a structure fire on Cresthaven Road.

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New owners at the Bross
New owners at the Bross

Years of wondering who will buy Paonia's beautiful Bross Hotel are over.

On Monday Kevin and Karen Kropp became the eighth owners of the 111-year-old Victorian-style hotel on Onarga Avenue.

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Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns
Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns

A capacity crowd showed up for a town hall meeting last week in Hotchkiss where Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, spoke about both local and national health care issues. Over 60 people gathered for the nearly two hour presentation and Q&A session that Crawford resident Cynthia Hines organized in an effort to spur the community into action to help address health care concerns on both the local and national level.

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Paonia senior center events

The Paonia Senior Citizens Center has several events planned in the coming weeks.

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'Best places to retire' lists Hotchkiss, Paonia

Two North Fork area communities recently made a list of the top 500 towns and cities in the U.S. for retirement.

LendEDU, an organization offering a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance, states in the introduction to the study related to the list that "retirement is as topical an issue as ever."

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A Little Help organizing Service Saturday in May

A Little Help in the North Fork Valley is having a Service Saturday! on Saturday, May 13. If you are a member of A Little Help or even think you might want to try it out, call the office, 527-3482, to sign up.

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County requirements could increase Paonia project costs

Requirements by Delta County related to the final phase of the four-phase out-of-town water line replacement project on Lamborn Mesa could increase the cost of the project by about $100,000.

At the April 11 board meeting trustees voted to adopt a revised bid for project Schedule C, and to direct town staff to continue negotiations with the county on the requirements, which the town's engineer has deemed unnecessary.

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Expect crossing closures in Paonia

According to the Town of Paonia website, through the end of this week Paonia residents can expect street closures to allow for scheduled repairs to in-town railroad crossings.

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Simulation puts disaster response team to test
Simulation puts disaster response team to test

A two-day training that took place last Thursday and Friday at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss simulated a 17-member incident management team and its response to a large tornado in Chelsea County, a fictitious county based on a real Colorado county.

Put on by the Southwest Incident Management Team, the tornado badly damaged facilities from hospitals to animal rescue shelters and there were numerous deaths, trainer Paul Hollar, a member of the Southwest Incident Management Team.

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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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Grower tests another way to protect crops from frost
Grower tests another way to protect crops from frost

With the early arrival of warm weather comes earlier blossoming of the area's fruit trees, and increased risk of losing crops to a freeze. One local family is trying a different method of protecting their crops from freezing temperatures and killing frost this spring: The "cold air drain."

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PHS students present air quality findings
PHS students present air quality findings

Since January, about 150 Delta County high school students have conducted studies in air quality. Paonia High School students of science teacher Jim Frazier carried out experiments to measure the emissions of different kinds of woods when burned, compare emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from a full versus an empty pickup fuel tank, and measure heavy VOCs contained in every-day scented items, to mention a few.

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Paonia trustees adopt 25-mph speed limit

Paonia drivers will soon have a set speed limit of 25 miles per hour, except in areas where posted otherwise.

At the March 28 meeting trustees approved the setting of a 25-mph speed limit on all streets, with a lower, 15-mph limit in school zones and any other areas later deemed necessary for safety purposes.

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Crossing repairs in Paonia will close streets

According to the Town of Paonia website, for the next two weeks Paonia residents can expect street closures to allow for scheduled repairs to in-town railroad crossings.

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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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Town council brings local government to HHS students
Town council brings local government to HHS students

The issues facing the Hotchkiss Town Council may seem mundane, but Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz stressed the importance of hard work and common sense in keeping the Town of Hotchkiss running smoothly. His comments were addressed to the Hotchkiss High School students who were invited to participate in the council's regular meeting.

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'Dust Bowl' gets facelift for spring season
'Dust Bowl' gets facelift for spring season

The ball fields at the Delta County Fairgrounds received a facelift just in time for Hotchkiss Home Plate's spring practice season. Home Plate provides the North Fork area's youth opportunities to play more baseball and softball.

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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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Paonia approves Space to Create application without town match

At the Feb. 28 board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution endorsing the submittal of a full application for participation in the statewide Space to Create program. Space to Create is a state-led initiative aimed at creating work spaces and affordable housing for a broad range of artists and related businesses.

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Local businesses urge support for methane rule

More than 60 business owners from across the Western Slope have submitted a letter to senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging support for keeping the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule in place.

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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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Hotchkiss Angus breeder recognized

T N T Angus, Hotchkiss, recently enrolled in the American Angus AssociationĀ®'s MaternalPlusĀ® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.

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Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant
Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant

At the base of Mount Lamborn, water from a series of mountain springs feeds the Upper Lamborn Mesa Water Treatment Plant through a pipeline. Once treated, the water is stored in a two-million gallon tank and fed into a distribution system to residences and businesses.

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Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting
Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting

[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full story can be found online at by clicking here.]

Nearly 200 constituents of Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, both Republicans, packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, Feb. 25...

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Hotchkiss man convicted of sexual assault on a child

A Hotchkiss man was found guilty last week on felony charges of sex assault on a child and enticement of a child. Both are Class 4 felonies.

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