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Paonia re-structures town committees

The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering a change in the structure of its standing committees. If approved, the six committees, Finance and Personnel, Public Works, Public Safety, Governmental Affairs, Services and Recreation, and Facilities and Development would be restructured into three committees: Finance and Personnel, Public Works/Utilities/Facilities, and Governmental Affairs/Public Safety.

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Spring weather variations will make or break local fruit crop

Spring weather variations will make or break local fruit crop

Spring has arrived, and in the North Fork Valley the wild apricots are in full bloom. And while it's a time of celebration, springtime can be tense for the area's fruit growers.

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Off-road vehicles may be legal on Paonia streets

It may soon be legal to drive off-road vehicles in the town of Paonia.

At the March 14 town board meeting, trustees considered a draft ordinance that would amend current town code to allow off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to be operated within town limits.

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Hotchkiss diamond crew playing well

Hotchkiss diamond crew playing well

A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.

Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.

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Zack Allen clears 6-4 in opening track meet

Zack Allen clears 6-4 in opening track meet

In his first meet of the season, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen raised the bar. Last Saturday, Allen opened the track and field season with a state-qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Delta Panther Invitational. Allen, a senior and two-time state placer, was one of three to clear the bar at 5-10, but was the only remaining competitor after clearing 6 feet.

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Firor, medley team win gold for Hotchkiss

Firor, medley team win gold for Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley team had a golden start to the track season Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. Jordan Tamayo, Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub and Fatima Rodriquez earned their first gold medal of the season with a time of 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.

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3A move gives Delta thinclads state hope

3A move gives Delta thinclads state hope

Delta has struggled in recent years to qualify athletes for state. Last season, as one of the smallest schools in Class 4A, the Panthers qualified a total of three athletes for state.

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Lockhart golden thrower

Lockhart golden thrower

Lily Lockhart's track and field season is off to a good start. At Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational Lockhart handily won the shot put and discus.

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Bruin boys place 2nd at Delta track meet

Bruin boys place 2nd at Delta track meet

The Cedaredge men's track team had 27 top-eight placers and scored 140 points to finish second Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. In their first meet of the season the Bruins won four golds, four silvers, and five bronze medals.

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Cedaredge girls bring state track experience

Cedaredge girls bring state track experience

The Cedaredge girls scored 56 points to place fifth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.

Freshman Brie McGovern placed fourth in the 400m dash, and sophomore Emily Tullis placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 300 hurdles.

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Eagles baseball team loaded for 2017 year

The Paonia Eagles opened the baseball season at 2-0, sweeping a doubleheader against the Uintah Utes last Thursday in Grand Junction, 3-0, 8-4.

Last season the Eagles won the District 2 championship on a 5-4 win over rival Hotchkiss.

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Paonia thinclads shine

Paonia thinclads shine

The Paonia girls are a perennial powerhouse in both the track and field events. The Eagles will seek their fifth consecutive state team title this May.

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Hotchkiss car seat tech committed to child safety

In the U.S., motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 12 and under, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hotchkiss EMT and volunteer firefighter Bev Shelten wants parents and guardians of young children to know that many of those deaths can be prevented.

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Farm to Fiddle fundraiser is March 24 in Hotchkiss

Farm to Fiddle fundraiser is March 24 in Hotchkiss

There's something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a Navajo taco. Warm, crispy fry bread topped with chili and piled high with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onions, the flavor of the chili soaking into the fry bread, each bite a new sensation.

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Smith's state medal is stolen

Smith's state medal is stolen

Trevor Smith wants his wrestling medal back. Smith, a senior at Paonia High School, won the Class 2A heavyweight wrestling title in February.

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Pipher steps down at Paonia

Pipher steps down at Paonia

It's a tradition at Paonia High School that each year, after state wrestling, the team celebrates the end of the season and enjoys some ice cream. And each year Paonia head coach Andy Pipher recaps the season and shares something personal about each wrestler.

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Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams

Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams

Colton Godwin is about to become a Grizzly. Last Friday the Paonia senior signed to play soccer at Adams State University in Alamosa, which competes in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Godwin plans to study business marketing after taking a business class this year with Brent McRae.

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Local businesses urge support for methane rule

More than 60 business owners from across the Western Slope have submitted a letter to senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging support for keeping the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule in place.

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Paonia approves Space to Create application without town match

At the Feb. 28 board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution endorsing the submittal of a full application for participation in the statewide Space to Create program. Space to Create is a state-led initiative aimed at creating work spaces and affordable housing for a broad range of artists and related businesses.

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Eagles are second seed at 2A state tourney

Eagles are second seed at 2A state tourney

The Paonia Eagles will make their sixth consecutive trip to the girls state basketball championships this week after defeating Center, 78-37, Saturday at the West Slope regional tournament at Gunnison. They enter the Great 8 bracket as the No. 2 seed and with a 22-0 record.

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Hotchkiss' record best since 2010 campaign

Hotchkiss' record best since 2010 campaign

Under second-year head coach Eric Hollembeak, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the basketball season with a 16-7 overall and a 9-3 record and in fourth place in the 13-team 2A/1A Western Slope league. That is the Bulldogs' best record since the 2009-2010 season when Hotchkiss posted a 19-5 record and qualified for the 3A state tournament.

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Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant

Taking a closer look at Paonia's water plant

At the base of Mount Lamborn, water from a series of mountain springs feeds the Upper Lamborn Mesa Water Treatment Plant through a pipeline. Once treated, the water is stored in a two-million gallon tank and fed into a distribution system to residences and businesses.

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Twenty years of upscale design

Twenty years of upscale design

For 20 years Elisabeth Delehaunty has designed upscaled clothing for her company, Elisabethan. Each piece of Elisabethan apparel is made of post-consumer materials.

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Summit seeks to strengthen local nonprofits

A summit held Feb. 9 to address the unmet needs of local nonprofits attracted 14 representatives from about a half dozen local non-profits.

Diana Yourell organized the event.

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Eagles get bye in regional play

Eagles get bye in regional play

Paonia girls head coach Scott Rienks is eyeing his sixth consecutive trip to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. With an undefeated season and a top seed at this week's Western Slope regional playoffs, odds are they'll get there.

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Bruins boys end season with loss

The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.

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Bulldog boys on to regional action

Bulldog boys on to regional action

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.

In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.

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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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Paonia top seeded at regionals

Paonia top seeded at regionals

Paonia head basketball coach Chase Roeber knew ahead of post season play that there would be no easy games on the road to the state tournament. Of top seven teams vying for the 2A District 5 title, the tournament could go to any of them, said Roeber. "They're all right there."

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Paonia hosts district boys/girls games today

The prep basketball playoff season is officially underway. Each of the state's eight districts are now down to eight teams after pigtail games were held Monday, with second-round playoffs continuing today.

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Senior Conner Collins

Senior Conner Collins

Senior Conner Collins is a three-time state qualifier for Hotchkiss.

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Smith wins title for Paonia

Smith wins title for Paonia

Paonia senior Trevor Smith is a little underweight for a heavyweight wrestler, but that didn't stop him from winning the Class 2A heavyweight title at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center last weekend. Smith brought home Delta County's only state title, ending the tournament and his career with a 4-3 overtime win against Meeker senior Tyler Ilgen and a nice medal.

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Silver times two for 'Dogs

Hotchkiss brought home two silver medals and a bronze and finished in sixth place with 92 points at the 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver. At 113 pounds, Sergio Campos took silver Saturday night on a loss to sophomore Dillon Jaramillo of Rocky Ford.

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Delta's Church wins silver at state meet

Delta junior heavyweight Logan Church was the top placer for Delta at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Denver last weekend. Church was seeded 12th, which is a tough place to be in any wrestling tournament.

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Cedaredge places 3 at state, finishes 8th

Cedaredge sent 10 wrestlers to the state tournament and came home with three medals. The Bruins scored 58 point to place eighth out of 48 teams.

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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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