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One library patron's perspective on programs
One library patron's perspective on programs

The value of our local public libraries can be seen countywide with satisfied users young and old. From the toddler attending weekly storytimes to the residents of a senior care center having books delivered to their doors, Delta County Libraries reaches so many people in so many different ways. In 2016 alone, there were 250,597 visits to the five libraries in Delta County.

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Carr honored for years of promoting beef
Carr honored for years of promoting beef

A new calf was born last week at the ranch of Marvin and Pauline Carr in Hotchkiss. In between caring for the animal and neighbors dropping by to check on the new addition to the herd, Pauline also found time to chat about another passion of hers: the promotion of local agriculture, local beef and beef nutrition.

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Paonia, Hawks Haven reach agreement
Paonia, Hawks Haven reach agreement

On Valentine's Day evening the Town of Paonia and the recreational community got a sweet deal when Paonia trustees approved an agreement between the town and the developers of the Hawks Haven subdivision.

The agreement amends a 2005 agreement between the town, Hawks Haven LLC, and Harold Brill and Allison Elliot over a 400-foot-long, 24-foot wide section of private road stretching between Pan American Avenue and Vista Drive east of the Pan American Subdivision.

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Vacant Paonia storefront houses 'phantom gallery'
Vacant Paonia storefront houses 'phantom gallery'

Paonia artist Cedar Keshet is a prolific painter. Her works, mostly oils on canvas, take the viewer on a tour of western landscapes, from the first snowfall on Mt. Lamborn and summer on West Beckwith Pass, to the desert cacti of the Southwest and the formations of the Great Basin of Nevada. Her works have shown from Chicago to San Francisco and are held by collectors across the country.

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Montessori pre-registration set for March 20

North Fork Montessori at Crawford School is a Delta County School District public school, K-6th grade is free, with scaled tuition for preschool.

Pre-registration for PRE-K and kindergarten is on Monday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Farmer's market in the works for Crawford

One Crawford resident wants to see more activity happening in town, especially activity surrounding locally sourced and produced foods.

Rachel Schmitzer is fairly new to the area, but already has a good handle on the market for locally produced food.

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Space to Create initiative creates friction in Paonia

Paonia town trustees voted at the Feb. 14 board meeting to table a resolution to participate in the statewide Space to Create. The issue will be included in the Feb. 28 agenda.

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Chris Johnson is new Crawford trustee

Chris Johnson will fill the vacant Crawford Town Council seat, vacated earlier this year by the resignation of Tammy Broughton. He was approved unanimously by the current council.

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Paonia board nixes deer fences

Paonia residents wanting to build a deer fence to keep deer from eating their tulips and vegetables will have to find another option after the board of trustees voted, 4-3, to remove a section on deer fencing from a proposed fencing ordinance. Mayor Charles Stewart cast the tiebreaking vote.

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Crawford mayor survives recall

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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New town manager  on the job in Paonia
New town manager on the job in Paonia

A week after beginning his new job as administrator for the Town of Paonia, Kenneth "Ken" Knight had already rearranged his office and faced his desk away from the wall and toward the large picture window looking out onto Grand Avenue. So far he likes what he sees.

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Hotchkiss takes first step toward Main St. program

The Town of Hotchkiss has lent its support to the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce as that organization seeks to become an affiliate with the DOLA-managed Colorado Main Street Program. The town sent a letter officially requesting affiliate status to DOLA last week.

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Community steps up to help fire department

Small but mighty is the story of Crawford. In just a few weeks, the community has raised matching funds to help the Crawford Fire Department remodel the fire station and add upgraded restroom and wash facilities.

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Welt's history in coal industry runs deep
Welt's history in coal industry runs deep

Think of a coal miner and you might see a steely-eyed man in a hard hat, his face and clothing blackened with carbon. But in the North Fork area, where coal mines have operated for more than 100 years, Kathy Welt is one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

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What's happening at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Museum

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. To help folks understand the work of the society at the museum, Chuck Farmer submitted a Curator Report for 2016:

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Hospital to open walk-in clinic in Paonia

The Delta County Memorial Hospital District has announced plans to open a walk-in clinic in Paonia. The district selected the former Bank of Colorado location at 218 Grand Avenue for the clinic and purchased the 6,000-square-foot building in late January. They plan to open the clinic as early as this May.

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