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Paonia seeks to revive tree board

Do you have a passion for trees? The Town of Paonia is looking to revive its tree board and is seeking members.

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Fall is the time for saving seeds
Fall is the time for saving seeds

Gardeners across the county are reaping late harvests, putting garden beds to rest and preparing for the cold, quiet, months of winter. Many local gardeners have added a new activity to their fall checklist with the emergence of the Delta County Seed Library: seed saving.

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Paonia looking closer at sales tax allocation

The amount Paonia trustees must cut from the 2018 draft budget increased from $83,000 to $165,800 during last week's budget meeting. The deficit increase resulted from trustees' decisions to eliminate a proposed impact fee on enterprise funds and to restrict $40,000 in Samuel Wade Bridge reserve funds to bridge repairs.

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Blue Sage annual meeting is Oct. 29

Although memorable events are greatly appreciated in the North Fork Valley, the source of their success is often overlooked. A particular arts group that plays a key role in this respect is Paonia's Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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Paonia invites public input on marijuana regs

A meeting with the Town of Paonia's governmental affairs committee to discuss a proposed ordinance related to the Town of Paonia's in-town marijuana growing regulations will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Paonia Town Hall, 214 Grand Avenue.

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Paonia council puts time limit on building permits

Town of Paonia building permits will now expire in a year, with an option to renew for 180 days, after trustees voted to ratify a statement on the building permit application form. Trustee Suzanne Watson voted against the change.

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Planners consider land use change at Oct. 25 meeting in Paonia
Planners consider land use change at Oct. 25 meeting in Paonia

After several postponements, a controversial application for a land use change at the former Bowie Resources, LLC, coal load-out site north of Paonia will come before the Delta County Planning Commission and Upper North Fork Area Planning Committee for review. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Energy Tech Building, 218 Fourth Street in Paonia.

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Property owner caught in water tap dilemma in Paonia

Kraig Henry is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Henry owns vacant land in the Minnesota Creek area just east of Paonia.

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Pat Medina takes seat on Hotchkiss council
Pat Medina takes seat on Hotchkiss council

The Hotchkiss Town Council, during its Oct. 12 meeting, received an update on the membership drive underway for the North Fork Ambulance Association.

Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, gave an update on the association's status.

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Crawford voters will decide mill levy increase

With the school district cancelling its board election, the only North Fork voters who will be receiving ballots this week will be Crawford residents.

The Delta County Clerk's Office reports that 285 ballots were mailed to Crawford residents, with a single question.

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ShadeScapes gala spotlights entrepreneurs
ShadeScapes gala spotlights entrepreneurs

This summer, ShadeScapes Americas was 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 of Hotchkiss and Delta County as a whole.

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Not much wiggle room as Crawford trustees talk budget

The voters of Crawford will have a large voice in what next year's town budget will look like. On this year's ballot, the town is seeking an increase in its mill levy, looking to replace shrinking severance mineral taxes from the coal industry.

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Paonia begins budget discussion

Creation of a public utilities impact fee, an increase in the property tax mill levy, and an increase in sales tax rates are all on the table as the Town of Paonia heads into 2018 budget season. At the first of several scheduled budget work sessions, trustees and staff were presented last week with an intentionally out-of-balance draft budget by town administrator Ken Knight.

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Knights of Columbus form new chapter

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia in conjunction with Sacred Heart Church in Hotchkiss have recently formed a new Knights of Columbus Council #16769. A ceremony to formally install new officers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

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