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Birders explore back roads for raptors
Birders explore back roads for raptors

The Black Canyon Audubon Society sponsored two raptor field trips last weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 10 and again on Sunday, Feb. 11, nearly two dozen enthusiasts explored Delta County back roads between Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia searching for a variety of raptors.

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Three-year program could reshape Crawford government

The Crawford Town Council was quick to accept an offer of assistance from the Department of Local Affairs, to help with the town's financial sustainability.

Kimberly Bullen, the northwest regional manager for DOLA, explained the three-year program during the council's regular meeting of Feb. 7.

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Community spirit in the spotlight
Community spirit in the spotlight

A baker, a creative nonprofit, and the oldest volunteer radio DJ in the country were among the recipients of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce's 2017 community awards. The awards were presented Feb. 8 during the organization's annual board meeting held at Wisehart Springs Inn.

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Western Slope Conservation Center seeks 'lasting change'
Western Slope Conservation Center seeks 'lasting change'

The Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) held its annual meeting in Hotchkiss on Sunday, Feb. 11. According to its 2017 annual report, the WSCC's mission is to build "an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison watershed."

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North Fork rec district seeks board nominations

The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District has two- and four-year board seats open for the upcoming election on May 8. The three directors will be elected to serve four-year terms, and a director will be elected to serve a two-year term.

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Pickleball players meet three times a week

Want to have fun and be a part of one of the fastest growing sports in America?

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Hotchkiss orchard taps C-PACE for renewable energy system

Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), which helps building owners and developers finance energy efficiency measures, recently announced the state's first agricultural project funded through the program. Ela Family Farms, a Hotchkiss-based certified organic orchard, will use C-PACE financing to install a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its warehouse.

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ShadeScapes supports rebuilding efforts in St. John

Recently, a crew of volunteers from ShadeScapes Americas headed to St. John in the US Virgin Islands with a unique gift -- the gift of shade. The ShadeScapes team installed 50 elegant, long-lasting umbrellas at 22 locations on the island, comprised of restaurants and schools that suffered devastating damage during Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Crawford residents invited to DMEA info meeting
Crawford residents invited to DMEA info meeting

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce is urging area residents to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 9, hosted by Delta Montrose Electric Association and Elevate Fiber at Diamond Joe's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong
Hotchkiss FFA chapter is growing strong

National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.

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Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'
Demolition of baseball park marks end of an 'ERA'

In late January the Town of Paonia leveled most of what was left of the old baseball field at Paonia Town Park. And while it didn't look like much in recent years, the history of the little baseball field goes way back, said Paonia native Ron Rowell.

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Mandate could hit Paonia businesses in pocketbook

A Colorado safe drinking water program policy adopted in 2015 could result in one-time and annual costs for some commercial property owners serviced by the Paonia Water Department.

In response to the state's "Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Rule Implementation Policy," town trustees recently passed a resolution establishing "cross connection and backflow prevention" rules and regulations for businesses and multi-family units serviced by the water department.

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Study shows fossil fuel development costs taxpayers
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Outdoor education for teachers
Outdoor education for teachers

Eighteen teachers participated in a winter adaptation and interaction workshop offered by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (CPW OUT) program on Saturday, Jan. 27. Hands-on winter animal adaptation activities were offered at The Nature Connection hub in Hotchkiss and at Crawford Lake State Park.

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Oldtimers, newcomers in the spotlight at Crawford chamber's awards potluck

More than 80 folks turned out Saturday, Feb. 3, for the annual Old Timers, Newcombers Potluck hosted by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce. A celebration of community, the event is also a night of awards to local businesses, non-profits, teachers and volunteers.

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