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Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days
Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days

A few short years ago it was in jeopardy of going away. But a small and dedicated group of volunteers stepped forward to keep the annual Cherry Days celebration alive. Last week, the 71st annual Cherry Days celebration went off with nary a hitch.

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BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23
BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23

For the 28th year the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado will hold its annual Top O' the Rockies Rally in Paonia. While the official rally runs July 20-23, cyclists will begin arriving a little early, said Paonia event coordinator Bob Bushta.

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Deer, elk scoping sessions underway
Deer, elk scoping sessions underway

Deer and elk hunters, outfitters and guides, landowners, wildlife viewers and photographers have a window of opportunity to weigh in on how big game herds in and around the Delta County area will be managed in the coming years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a series of scoping sessions to gather public comment on how herds are managed in Game Management Units 53 and 63 for deer and GMUs 53, 54 and 63 for elk.

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Demolition derby returns to Delta County Fair

After a three-year hiatus the Demolition Derby returns to the Delta County Fair. The derby will kick off the fair beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

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Weekly locals' market Thursdays in Paonia

Edesia Community Kitchen, 395 Clark Ave., in Paonia, is hosting a weekly locals market from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Edesia's wood-fired pizza and a variety of products from local vendors are available. Other vendors are being sought for the market.

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Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum
Ezra Russell selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Ezra Russell has been selected to attend the 2017 summer National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense, an Envision program to be held in Washington, DC., July 23-28.

He will join other outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique career development opportunity which introduces students to firsthand experiences and challenging career options in national security and related fields.

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Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery
Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery

Dorothy Garber would have so enjoyed Friday night's opening at the Creamery Arts Center.

"Changing Direction: New Work by the Hotchkiss Fine Art Association" showcases a variety of mediums by HFAA artist-members Dana Bradley, Rosalie Clock, Jeanine Cowan, Dona Doye, Cedar Keshet Fowler, Gary Hall, Peter Halladay Bobby Hass, Peggy Judy, Mary Jursinovic, Emily Matteson, Gini McNair, Mary Smith, Jean M. Storz, Jaquita Watters, and Lynne Norton Anderson (with Robert Lueallen as firemeister for her raku pottery).

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Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage
Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage

Over the decades, Celia Roberts' photographs have captured images that grab at the heart and tug at the imagination. The Blue Sage will host an opening reception for a retrospective of Roberts' photographs from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

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Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor
Hotchkiss farm is awash in purple-hued splendor

It's hard to say what catches the attention of a visitor first: the collective hum of hundreds of buzzing bees nestled in the stalks of 600 blooming lavender plants; or, the deep, vivid purple-hued plants themselves, gorgeously stretched out the length of an orchard, with cherry and peach trees along either side of the neat rows, and the West Elk Mountains as a backdrop. Equally as tantalizing to the senses is the earthy fragrance: the sunshine and soil and fresh, clean air, all of which enhances the warm, rich scent of fresh lavender.

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ShadeScapes is Colorado Company to Watch
ShadeScapes is Colorado Company to Watch

ShadeScapes Americas has been named a 2017 Colorado Company to Watch. The award acknowledges the drive, excellence and influence of ShadeScapes Americas as a growing company developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enabling new industries and enriching the community.

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'Jumbo' goals set by local trail advocacy group
'Jumbo' goals set by local trail advocacy group

A group of local trails enthusiasts is working to ensure that a popular recreation area in the North Fork Valley remains accessible to the public for hiking and biking and other uses.

Standing just east of downtown Paonia, the Jumbo Mountain area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose.

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Paonia struggles to fill board vacancies

The Town of Paonia is struggling to fill several vacancies on some boards that support and enhance the work of the town council and town staff. The planning commission, tree board and zoning board of adjustments each have vacancies, and have had vacancies for quite some time.

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Changes eyed for Paonia town board meetings
Changes eyed for Paonia town board meetings

The Paonia Board of Trustees is considering changes to its meeting format.

The current board rules and procedures, printed on the back of every agenda, were adopted by the prior board early in 2015.

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Paonia okays planning to make project 'shovel-ready'

The Town of Paonia is moving ahead with a road realignment engineering project, despite not having funds available right this moment, in the hopes that funding soon becomes available through the federal government.

Town administrator Ken Knight explained that funding infrastructure projects was a key message in President Donald Trump's campaign speeches, and in recent weeks there has been talk that the federal government may earmark some money for infrastructure.

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Paonia meeting will discuss deer, elk management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is starting work to update big game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas. The public is invited to meetings where the planning efforts will be discussed.

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New minister at Methodist Church

Bishop Karen Oliveto of the Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference appointed Rev. Don Schlichting and wife Kay to the Paonia United Methodist Church effective July 1. Rev. Schlichting preached his first sermon at Paonia on July 2.

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Stop work order halts remodel at Paonia Cleaners
Stop work order halts remodel at Paonia Cleaners

The new owner of Paonia Cleaners is claiming that two stop work orders almost two months ago by the Town of Paonia's building official have needlessly halted her efforts to remodel the building and should never have been issued.

During the "visitors" portion of the June 20 board meeting, Gia Fanelli asked for cooperation from the town in removing the orders so that she can resume work.

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PHS juniors participate in military summer programs

Two Paonia High School juniors were recently selected to participate in elite summer military programs and experience what life is like in the armed forces. The programs they attended are designed to help applicants in their post-secondary education decisions.

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