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PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity
PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity

Hang on to your top hats and put on your sunglasses. It's Homecoming week at Paonia Junior-Senior High School. This year's star-struck theme is "The Movies."

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DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes
DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes

Delta-Montrose Electric Association has had to adjust to a lot of changes since its incorporation as the Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association in August of 1938. When power first flowed through its lines in May of 1939, the cooperative served 250 members.

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Hotchkiss town council meeting was busy, uneventful

The Hotchkiss Town Council had a busy agenda for its Sept. 13 meeting, although it was not particularly eventful. Most of what was done was housekeeping.

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Paonia trustees address budgets, buildings and mag chloride

It's municipal budget season and the Town of Paonia has released its annual preliminary budget calendar. The second of a series of budget work sessions is scheduled from 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, ahead of the regularly scheduled meeting of the trustees at 6:30 p.m.

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Sponsors wanted for PHS Pink Night

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is looking for sponsors and donors to help support its ninth annual Pink Night fundraiser.

This year's Pink Night event happens Friday, Oct. 5. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the Colorado High School Activities Association encourages schools to "think pink" and come up with creative ways to promote breast cancer awareness at a home volleyball match in October.

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A decade of KPP kids serving the community
A decade of KPP kids serving the community

As local nonprofits seek new and creative avenues for funding, one youth-based North Fork organization has raised more than $100,000 for charitable organizations over the past decade. It does it simply by bringing people together for a pasta dinner.

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Hotchkiss welcomes Colorado Grand

The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce and residents of the community welcomed the return of the Colorado Grand to the community last week.

The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction.

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Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting
Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary Environment Assessment for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the upper North Fork Valley. The letter is signed on behalf of mayor, the board, and town citizens.

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World music coming to 'Paradise'
World music coming to 'Paradise'

For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.

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You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!
You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!

Despite being a drought year, tomatoes are ripening in gardens across the county. Staff at Delta County Libraries are once again aiming to harness some of the excitement about homegrown tomatoes with the fifth annual Tomato Fest in Hotchkiss.

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Crawford okays late fee update

The Sept. 1 meeting of the Crawford town council opened with the mayor reminding residents that school is back in session, so please watch for children and drive carefully.

On the agenda for old business was a franchise tax agreement with TDS Telecom and an update to the water and sewage shutoff ordinance 3-2018.

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18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival set for Sept. 27-30

Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.

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Debate turns into town meeting for Mitsch Bush
Debate turns into town meeting for Mitsch Bush

After facing off Rep. Scott Tipton the night before at the Club 20 debates in Grand Junction, Democrat congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush was in Hotchkiss Sunday, Sept. 9, for another debate. This one, organized by Crawford Area Indivisible, turned into a town meeting.

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Earl Bennett says road building conviction is based on 'untruths'

Earl Bennett, a longtime Delta County resident who recently plead guilty to constructing an unauthorized road on national forest lands, stopped by the DCI office to share his side of the story. He confirms that he was president of the Cathedral Peaks Ranch Landowners' Association, and in 2014 did operate a bulldozer to clear the road, as detailed in a press release published in the Sept. 5 edition of the DCI.

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Paonia town meetings heading to the 'cloud'

Paonia residents will soon be able to access town meeting agendas and other documents and data in "the cloud."

At the Aug. 28 board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a cloud-based meeting and agenda management software system and related contract services from Municode.

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Colorado Grand tours Delta County Friday

Every fall for more than 30 years, classic car enthusiasts from around the world have taken to the highways and byways of Colorado to enjoy the beautiful fall colors for the Colorado Grand. The charity event pairs drivers with classic cars for a multi-day, 1,000 mile route that includes Delta County.

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Paonia rally shines spotlight on climate change

The sounds of music floated through Paonia Park on Saturday. Guitar, flute, even trumpets and trombones interspersed speeches and poems on climate change and the ecological concerns of North Fork residents.

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FFA members make memories at D.C. leadership conference

The week of July 17-22, four of us from our chapter had the incredible opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for a national leadership conference. There were 340 of us from all over the country, even Alaska! Some states had a few dozen students and others had very few.

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