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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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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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Judge reduces bond for Heather Jones

On Monday, Delta District Court Judge Steven Schultz modified bond for Heather Jones, who's being held in a shooting incident that took place in Paonia Jan. 12. Ryan Redifer, 54, remains hospitalized from injuries he suffered during the incident.

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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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A lotta helping hands for 'A Little Help'
A lotta helping hands for 'A Little Help'

July 3 in Paonia Town Park was kind of quiet. Not much activity prior to the big Cherry Day celebration. "A Little Help" volunteers were staffing their booth at the park and decided to close it down around 5 p.m.

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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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Share your stories of the North Fork

Do you have a story to tell about the North Fork Valley?

Jessica Kahkoska and the Notch Theatre Company are partnering to create a play based on stories about 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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Hotchkiss town shop will be on November ballot

In November, the Town of Hotchkiss will ask voters for permission to sell the town shop at 222 W. Bridge Street.

The town's public works department has not only outgrown the 6,236-square-foot facility, but it can be tricky moving trucks and heavy equipment in and out of the garage and onto the town's busiest thoroughfare.

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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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Open house at Barkin' Bargains

Barkin' Bargains Thrift Store will host a grand opening and open house from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at its new location at 213 Grand Avenue in Paonia. Proceeds from Barkin' Bargains sales support CAWS (Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter), which provides services that support the health and well-being of cats and dogs in the North Fork Valley.

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Volunteers wanted for July 14 trail work day
Volunteers wanted for July 14 trail work day

The USFS and Western Slope Conservation Center are teaming up to host a trail work day on the Cliff Creek Trail on July 14. It will be a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, help maintain a popular local trail, and meet people from both organizations.

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Paul Kimpling earns GMUG award
Paul Kimpling earns GMUG award

Paul Kimpling, of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Paonia Ranger District has been awarded a 2017 Forest Service Volunteers & Service Leadership Award. The agency-wide award program recognizes partners, volunteers and staff for their work in the areas of Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships, Cultural Diversity, Enduring Service, Leadership and Restoration.

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Traveler finds a home in Hotchkiss
Traveler finds a home in Hotchkiss

A decade ago somebody dumped a young dog in Hotchkiss. The abandoned animal quickly became a local celebrity as she swiftly eluded local citizens who tried to corral her. For three years the dog avoided capture.

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A farmer's life: From fire to flood
A farmer's life: From fire to flood

Daniel Bolton was hauling a load of hay to his ranch on Powell Mesa Road outside of Hotchkiss when he looked in the mirror and saw 30-foot flames rolling off the back of his flatbed trailer. Glancing around, he saw nothing but cheat grass so he decided to continue up the road about a mile to his ranch.

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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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