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Tamie Meck
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Paonia considers eliminating parks maintenance contract

After numerous adjustments and cuts totaling about $165,000, the Town of Paonia presented a balanced draft budget for fiscal year 2018 at Tuesday night's public budget hearing. The statutorily required hearing was to be held during the regularly-scheduled meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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BOCC to consider Levin land use change on Nov. 22

The land use change application being considered at next Monday's meeting of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners has resulted in dozens of public comments, numerous meetings, a petition signed by more than 400 individuals, and some confusion.

The application, submitted by Mark Levin with Paonia Holdings, LLC, requests a land use change to light industrial/commercial under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations (SDR) on land located just north of Paonia on Highway 133.

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WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship

WSCC celebrates 40 years of stewardship

The Western Slope Conservation Center will present the annual Mountain Film Festival this Friday at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia. The festival is part of the worldwide tour of the annual MountainFilm Festival held each May in Telluride.

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Elsewhere grant to fund unique summer residency

Elsewhere Studios has been awarded a grant to participate in a unique residency program.

Elsewhere announced last spring that it was among 21 grant recipients from a field of over 265 applicants selected to participate in the "Arts in Society" initiative.

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Funding needed for art wall

Funding needed for art wall

The art wall at Elsewhere Studios is in dire need of help.

What has fast become a focal point of the community, the wall at Elsewhere was created as an educational project and built by professionals and volunteers over a period of two years, said Elsewhere executive director, Karen Good.

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Eagles don't disappoint in 1A quarterfinal loss

Eagles don't disappoint in 1A quarterfinal loss

Paonia's 35-23 state quarterfinal loss to Bennett was a tough one, but head coach Blaine Escher had nothing but praise for his players. Bennett, after all, has lost just five games in the last three seasons and is now 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state as they head into next week's semifinals.

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Poulos Park makeover is a go

Poulos Park makeover is a go

In 2005 Rotarians adopted renovation of Poulos Park in downtown Paonia as their "Rotary International Centennial Project." To fund the project members collected $40,000 in private donations and transformed the space into an inviting park complete with picnic tables, vegetation and an irrigation system.

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Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver

Hotchkiss bids farewell to 'superhero' UPS driver

It would be difficult to find a person in Hotchkiss who doesn't have a story to share about Matt Branham. For 24 straight years Branham has delivered and picked up packages in the North Fork area as a driver for UPS.

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Citizens weigh in on cannabis proposal

An ordinance being considered by the Paonia board of trustees could limit the number of marijuana plants grown at a single residence to six while allowing for 12 plants to be grown for medicinal purposes. But in enforcing the ordinance, how can police officers differentiate between plants grown for medicinal use and those grown for recreational use?

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Eagles battle winds in 13-0 win over Peyton

Eagles battle winds in 13-0 win over Peyton

Paonia head football coach Blaine Escher made no bones about it. The strategy going into Saturday's first-round state football playoff Saturday at Peyton focused on the wind.

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Eagles end season with regional loss, win

The 2A Western Slope volleyball conference will be well-represented at this week's state tournament, but for the first time in six seasons, Paonia won't be there.

The Eagles ended the season with a 17-8 record after placing second at the Region C tournament Saturday at Meeker.

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School of hard knocks

School of hard knocks

The return of the Delta County Fair's annual Demolition Derby last August following a three-year absence attracted 15 entries, large crowds, and a very unexpected new derby champion.

Madison Milner and her 1996 Subaru Outback decked out as a Minion from the "Despicable Me" movies outlasted all other vehicles, most made during the bygone era of solid steel muscle cars, to win the derby title and the $2,000 grand prize.

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Scott Burns: a sketch in character

Scott  Burns:  a sketch  in character

Since coming to Paonia High School four years ago, Scott Burns has documented school life in sketches. He has dozens of them.

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Bearing witness in Syria

Bearing  witness  in Syria

Last April, Paonia resident David Lorig traveled to Syria with a group of journalists, activists and observers. Lorig gave a presentation on his experience on July 27 for the Paonia Public Library Armchair Travel lecture series.

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A vision for better habitat becomes a reality

A vision for better   habitat becomes a reality

A dozen members of the Black Canyon Audubon Society toured a 42-acre conservation easement owned by Kevin and Jackie Parks last weekend. In the early morning hours the birders, biologists and conservationists passed through pristine wetlands teeming with wildlife, observed nesting great blue herons, and identified some 30 individual bird species, among them the belted kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, purple martin and western wood-pewee.

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All the buzz about honey bees

All the buzz  about honey bees

"Isn't it funny, how bears likes honey?" Winnie the Pooh once sang.

People like honey, too. According to "The History of the Honeybee & Beekeeping in Colorado," by Niwot-area beekeeper Tom Theobald, humans have been domesticating bees and harvesting honey for thousands of years.

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Living a dog's life...

Living a dog's life...

In his more than a quarter century of operating Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel near Crawford, dog trainer Ted Hoff has handled thousands of dogs. He's worked with purebreds and mixed breeds from throughout western Colorado and the world, including Canada, South Africa, Venezuela and New Zealand.

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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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