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Friday service set for Hotchkiss trustee James Roberts

Friday service set for Hotchkiss trustee James Roberts

The North Fork Valley lost one of its best-loved citizens. James Roberts passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, at his home. He was 75.

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Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer

Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer

As fall prep sports season begins, the Delta County Independent is gearing up for coverage of the local sports scene.

This season also marks the 98th season for the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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Dog stuck in mud lives to see another day

Lacey is one lucky lab. Last Saturday, Aug. 11, three friends from the Silt area were exploring Paonia Reservoir when they discovered the dog trapped in the mud and were able to rescue her.

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Penn State wrestler Bo Pipher living his dream

Bo Pipher is living his dream. A 2017 graduate of Paonia High School, Pipher just completed his freshman year as a member of the Penn State University Nittany Lions wrestling team. The Nittany Lions have won seven of the last eight national Division I wrestling titles and ended the 2017-18 season with a 14-0 record and a third straight national title.

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Mr. KVNF's birthday bash

Mr. KVNF's birthday bash

When Felix Belmont was born in the west side of Manhattan in 1918, Woodrow Wilson was president, the Great Depression was more than a decade away, and in response to World War I, publication of the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper Stars & Stripes had resumed after a long hiatus.

In his 100 years Felix has seen a lot of trends and fads come and go.

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Fire Mountain Canal closure comes early

Fire Mountain Canal closure comes early

Users of the Fire Mountain Canal became the latest victims of the ongoing drought in western Colorado. Water to the 34-mile long canal running from Somerset to the south end of Rogers Mesa was shut off Saturday evening.

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Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

For the fourth time in more than a half century, the Fire Mountain Canal was shut off before the end of the growing season, impacting some 488 irrigation water shareholders and more than 15,000 acres of arable land in the North Fork Valley.

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Raft raffle brings in waves of money

Raft raffle brings in waves of money

Lisa Niermann of Paonia is the lucky winner of a new Hyside Mini-Max raft. The raft, which included a set of Cataract oars and a custom oar frame was raffled off by the Western Slope Conservation Center. The setup is valued at over $4,000.

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Twenty-two run Farm to Fiddle 5k

The Farm to Fiddle 5k race featured a number of runners last Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge resident Gerald Harding was the race's oldest participant and finished 19th with a time of 52:37.ete.

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Delivering the mail for 60 years

Delivering the mail for 60 years

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.

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Unexpected turns...

Unexpected turns...

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.

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'Elf the Musical' a hit

'Elf the Musical' a hit

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.

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An emblem of school pride

An emblem of school pride

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.

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Branching out

Branching out

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.

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For the moral good of the people. . .

For the moral good of the people. . .

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.

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A dog's eye  view of  Lewis & Clark

A dog's eye view of Lewis & Clark

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?

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In pursuit of a dream

In pursuit of a dream

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.

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Bringing the challenges of   migrant farmworkers into focus

Bringing the challenges of migrant farmworkers into focus

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.

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Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

Kids in the Kitchen: A recipe for success

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.

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Neighbor helping neighbor

Neighbor helping neighbor

Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.

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Helping hands!

Helping hands!

These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.

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Investing in paradise

Investing in paradise

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.

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Celebrating fruit growers past and present

Celebrating fruit growers past and present

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.

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Good vibrations!

Good vibrations!

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.

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A unique  legacy in books

A unique legacy in books

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.

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