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Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop
Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop

Bill and Sarah Bishop are being honored this week for their contributions to the Mountain Harvest Festival, and for their "undying love of this valley." While they are humbled by the honor, much of the annual festival's success is owed to the Bishops.

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Brunner resigns amid turmoil on Paonia board
Brunner resigns amid turmoil on Paonia board

After 45 minutes of arguing motions, amendments, he-said-she-said and a couple of temper tantrums (at one point Mayor Charles Stewart had to give the board an impromptu etiquette lesson on how to decorously address one another), the Paonia board of trustees came to a decision regarding Trustee Bill Brunner, and whether or not he violated Colorado's open meeting laws, town ordinances or the board's Standards of Conduct.

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Hotchkiss plans to build $1 million water tank
Hotchkiss plans to build $1 million water tank

Staff and trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss are working toward replacing one of the town's three water storage tanks within the next year, a project that will cost an estimated $1 million.

Town engineer Joanne Fagan presented the proposal at a June 8 public meeting.

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River awareness float filled with superheroes
River awareness float filled with superheroes

Many a superhero were spotted at the Western Slope Conservation Center's Float Fest on the morning of June 3. The festival's superhero theme celebrated the organization's 40 years of dedication to watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and environmental education in Delta County and beyond, as well as the vast community support making these efforts possible.

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Death Café serving up more than tea and cake

Death is a natural part of living. So why, as a recent survey by Caring.com demonstrates, do more than half of American adults die without a will? Why do we have "life" insurance and not "death" insurance? And why do so many go out of their way to avoid the subject?

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'Before I Die' wall is a community bucket list
'Before I Die' wall is a community bucket list

It's hard to miss: a multi-paneled blackboard at the entrance to Paonia with the words "Before I die..." written across it. The board invites passers-by to write their thoughts in chalk.

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Alumni share tales of Maher Schoolhouse
Alumni share tales of Maher Schoolhouse

The 100th anniversary of the Maher Schoolhouse on Sunday, June 11, was honored by the Members of the Maher-Onion Valley Community Club. The club hosted an open house starting the presentation as if it was the start of a regular school day, with the Pledge of Allegiance, Lord's Prayer, followed by God Bless America and then the ringing of the school bell.

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Paonia preparing for 71st Cherry Days
Paonia preparing for 71st Cherry Days

With July 4 rapidly approaching, the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us. Here are a few things to know ahead of the celebration.

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Paonia seeks comments on trash collection

The Town of Paonia is considering a request for proposals for trash collection and disposal services. But whether the town will get out of the business of collecting trash is only in the discussion stage.

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Reception planned for Mary Woodruff, former HHS teacher
Reception planned for Mary Woodruff, former HHS teacher

Friends and former students are invited to a party for former Hotchkiss teacher, Mary Woodruff. It will be held at the Hotchkiss Senior Citizen Center at 276 W. Main Street Saturday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and memories shared.

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Draft EIS released for two West Elk lease modifications

The U.S. Forest Service, along with cooperating agencies, Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety announce the availability of the supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for two federal coal lease modifications and an on-lease exploration plan for West Elk Coal Mine, located near Somerset on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Arkland Company, LLC and Mountain Coal Company requested the modifications to expand their existing federal coal leases by a total 1,720 acres to ensure coal reserves are not bypassed.

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Pioneer Days winners

Parade Winners

Best of Theme --

Ferrier Family.

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Booze, marijuana and money: all in a night's work in Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss Town Council made quick work of a lengthy agenda on June 8. The council approved the first reading of two ordinances that will be officially adopted within the coming months.

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Farm to Fiddle is beneficiary of pasta dinner June 19

A Kids Pasta Project dinner on Monday, June 19, will benefit both the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival and the Revitalize Hotchkiss/Colorado Main Street program. The dinner will be hosted at ShadeScapes Americas, 122 E. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss and begins at 6 p.m.

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Jakubiak resigns from Hotchkiss council
Jakubiak resigns from Hotchkiss council

With a hearty "Let's rock and roll!" Hotchkiss mayor pro-tem Larry Jakubiak called to order the town council meeting on June 8 promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seated next to him was Marlene Searle, town clerk extraordinaire (seriously -- it's on her name plate).

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