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Monks bless the water at Paonia River Park

Monks bless the water at Paonia River Park

On Saturday morning, the Tibetan Monks of the Deprung Loseling Monastery in India stood on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River and prayed for protection of its waters. While they chanted and prayed, toddlers played in the mud, ravens called from nearby, and adults waded cautiously in the slow-moving waters.

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Town's investigation finds Brunner violated laws

It's a story that's all too common today: elected officials making the news over their use of email.

In an eight-page memo to the Town of Paonia, attorney Bo James Nerlin found that former town trustee Bill Brunner violated state statue, town code, and the town's "Standards of Conduct" and exceeded his authority in releasing a series of emails to the media, and in publicly lodging accusations against town staff, the mayor, and two trustees. Nerlin presented the memo to the board on July 11.

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Production company filming in Paonia July 28

Do you own a classic 1980s automobile? Want to give that beauty its 15 seconds of fame? Here's your chance.

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Creative Coalition hosting cultural asset scoping meetings

If you could improve the North Fork Valley for the benefit of the public, what would you improve? Looking at what is here now, would you build a recreation center with a pool?

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Former Paonia resident Margaret Crawford turns 100

Former Paonia resident Margaret Crawford turns 100

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was president, the U.S. had just entered World War I, and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded when Margaret Crawford was born in Durango, Colo.

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Request for 20-mph zone denied

A request by residents of Creek Vista Crossing for the Paonia Board of Trustees to consider lowering the recently approved speed limit of 25 mph along Vista Drive was recently denied.

Vista Drive is a curvy section of town street that begins where Minnesota Avenue ends and dead-ends at the entrance to Hawks Haven Subdivision.

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Hospital CEO optimistic about health care

Hospital CEO optimistic about health care

It's one of the most complex and controversial issues in America today. It's also the fastest growing sector of the economy.

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Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage

Celia Roberts photo exhibit opens Friday at Blue Sage

Over the decades, Celia Roberts' photographs have captured images that grab at the heart and tug at the imagination. The Blue Sage will host an opening reception for a retrospective of Roberts' photographs from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

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Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery

Hotchkiss Fine Arts show opens at Creamery

Dorothy Garber would have so enjoyed Friday night's opening at the Creamery Arts Center.

"Changing Direction: New Work by the Hotchkiss Fine Art Association" showcases a variety of mediums by HFAA artist-members Dana Bradley, Rosalie Clock, Jeanine Cowan, Dona Doye, Cedar Keshet Fowler, Gary Hall, Peter Halladay Bobby Hass, Peggy Judy, Mary Jursinovic, Emily Matteson, Gini McNair, Mary Smith, Jean M. Storz, Jaquita Watters, and Lynne Norton Anderson (with Robert Lueallen as firemeister for her raku pottery).

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Deer, elk scoping sessions underway

Deer, elk scoping sessions underway

Deer and elk hunters, outfitters and guides, landowners, wildlife viewers and photographers have a window of opportunity to weigh in on how big game herds in and around the Delta County area will be managed in the coming years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a series of scoping sessions to gather public comment on how herds are managed in Game Management Units 53 and 63 for deer and GMUs 53, 54 and 63 for elk.

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BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23

BMW rally rolls into Paonia July 20-23

For the 28th year the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado will hold its annual Top O' the Rockies Rally in Paonia. While the official rally runs July 20-23, cyclists will begin arriving a little early, said Paonia event coordinator Bob Bushta.

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Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days

Good crowds, good times at 71st Cherry Days

A few short years ago it was in jeopardy of going away. But a small and dedicated group of volunteers stepped forward to keep the annual Cherry Days celebration alive. Last week, the 71st annual Cherry Days celebration went off with nary a hitch.

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Return of Cherry Days softball a success

A team of Delta County men held off a late-game rally to defeat a Montrose team and win the Cherry Days men's division of the wood bat softball tournament. The win came with a $500 cash prize.

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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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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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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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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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