Completion of the Artspace feasibility study, the first phase of the Space to Create Paonia initiative. was celebrated at an April 9 dinner at Edesia Kitchen. The dinner, which doubled as a Kids Pasta Project fundraiser for Space to Create Paonia (S2C), also marked the release of the Preliminary Feasibility Report.
Of the four newly elected and re-elected trustees being sworn in at next Tuesday's Paonia Town Board meeting, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran and Barry Pennell will begin four-year terms, and Samira Hart will serve a two-year term.
Official results from the April 3 election show Bookout received 311 votes, or 18.86 percent of the 1,845 votes, and Bachran received 306 votes (16.59 percent).
At next Tuesday's board meeting, on April 24, among several agenda items under "old business," Paonia trustees will consider a draft resolution setting the base fee for building permits at the flat rate of $35 and adjusting the existing fee schedule according to that base fee.
Trustees approved the drafting of the resolution by town attorney Bo Nerlin for consideration prior to the seating of a new board at the April 24 meeting.
Could the 800-meter sprint medley relay be on its last leg?
Traditionally a girls' relay, the sprint medley has been a state track event for decades.
Hotchkiss High School moved closer to another 2A District 3/5 showdown with Paonia after a pair of wins against Dolores and Ignacio in doubleheader play in Ignacio. Hotchkiss defeated Dolores 14-0 in game one and routed Ignacio 15-0 in game two.
North Fork baseball teams cleaned up on Saturday at Ignacio, dominating 2A District 5 teams Dolores and Ignacio. Paonia slipped past Dolores 14-2 in its first game and then shutout host Ignacio 17-0 in game two.
At Saturday's Western State Combined Invitational at Gunnison, the Cedaredge boys finished third overall with 101 points, behind Salida with 135 point and winner Gunnison's 165 points. The Cedaredge girls took second with 141 points, behind Buena Vista with 179 points.
While the Paonia track teams didn't score a lot of points at Saturday's Demon Invitational track meet at Glenwood Springs -- the girls placed seventh with 48 points and the boys finished 11th with 16 points at the 19-team meet -- multiple Paonia athletes set personal best times, heights and distances.
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
Despite a forecast of winter-like weather and high winds, last Friday was almost perfect for the Delta Twilight track meet. The tiny "quad" twilight meet, which began at 3 p.m., was the first of its kind for the area since the days of the annual Delta County meets.
Beginning in July, taxable purchases made in Paonia will cost an extra penny per dollar after voters approved Ballot Measure 2G asking for a 1 percent sales tax increase.
Voters approved the measure, 264-241, or by a margin of 4.56 percent.
In the race for Hotchkiss mayor, Larry Wilkening soundly defeated Thomas Wills with 75 percent of the vote. The tally was 191 for Wilkening and 61 for Wills. Wilkening will replace Wendell Koontz, who is term-limited.
In Paonia, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran, Samira "Sam" Hart and Barry Pennell were elected to the board of trustees. Bookout, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Charles Stewart when he was elected as mayor in 2016, received the most votes.
Incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson won re-elections and Ralph Clark and Jessica Hart were elected to serve on the Crawford Town Board.
Tiedeman received 88 votes, or 20.9 percent of the 421 votes cast.
The Paradise Theatre has seen many changes in recent years. Now the non-profit community theatre is heading in a new direction that includes more collaborations and more community-focused events.
After winning the Class 3A state heavyweight wrestling title in February, Delta High School senior Logan Church achieved another dream. Church became an All-American wrestler in March after placing fifth at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals senior class wrestling tournament.
Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young shot to the top of the Class 2A state rankings with a winning throw in the shot put of 48 feet, 2 inches at the Grand Valley Cardinal Open. Young is a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and placed third at state his junior year.
At the April 4 Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet, the Paonia boys' 3200m relay team took first with a time of 8 minutes, 48.08 seconds. At Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational the team of Caden Meilner, Ethan Bartlett, Harley Ewert and Logan Green took nine seconds off that mark, placing fourth overall and first among Class 2A teams with a time of 8:39.98.
The Paonia girls track team scored 74 points last Wednesday evening to place fourth at the 13-team Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet. On Saturday the Eagles finished fifth with 69.5 points at Palisade High School's Frank Woodburn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
The Paonia baseball team remains undefeated after sweeping a doubleheader at Rangely Saturday. Both games ended in five innings.
In a close game that went into an extra inning, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs defeated the visiting Cedaredge Bruins last Wednesday, 5-4.
Hotchkiss scored three runs on two hits in the opening inning.
When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.
It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.
Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.
If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.
Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.
Paonia United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Dunkel is a third-generation coal miner, but he's not from the North Fork area. He grew up in Creede. At age 26 he was called to serve the United Methodist Church, and a year ago he was assigned to Paonia.
The story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is among the most well-known and studied voyages of all time. It has been told and retold from the human perspective. But what did the dog see?
It's hard to imagine that a 15-year-old farm girl living on the side of a mountain outside of Crawford could become a top 14 finalist on the glitzy hit show American Idol. But Jeneve Rose Mitchell believed she could, and so did her family.
Since 1992, photographer Celia Roberts has crisscrossed Colorado and the country documenting the nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As a result, her life has taken on new meaning.
Eleven-year-old Haylee is busy de-stemming and slicing bright red strawberries for lemonade-strawberry slushies. As she carefully cuts with a chef's knife she explains how she helps her mom prepare dinner at home.
These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.
Since the early part of the 20th century, seeing movies on the big screen has been an American tradition. The big screen came to Paonia in October 1928, when an enterprising citizen named Tom Poulos opened the Paonia Theatre on Grand Avenue.
Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.
"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.
When it comes to music, David Alderdice wants his students to say "yes" to opportunity.
A world-class percussionist and session drummer, Alderdice has collaborated with musicians from throughout the world.
To say that Katherine Colwell has authored many books is a misnomer.
To explain her numerous works, including her showpiece, "Red White and Blue in Utah 1988," forget that books are made of pages, bound between two covers, read left to right, front to back.