North Fork Valley

ECONOMY
12:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Business, Community Leaders Discuss North Fork Valley Economy

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Business and community leaders in Delta County’s North Fork Valley say Paonia, Crawford, and Hotchkiss need an economic boost. They recently held a forum on the North Fork Valley’s economy and what can be done to improve it.

About 100 people attended the forum in Paonia last week.

They came to hear different perspectives on the local economy, what’s working and what’s not, and how to make things better.

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NEWS
8:13 am
Mon December 8, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

  Newscast

  • Town of Paonia faces cuts, layoffs
  • North Fork leaders discuss economic future, collaboration
  • WPX energy pays millions owed to mineral owners
  • Gov. Hickenlooper addresses long term unemployed
  • Tourism grants hope to boost the Western Slope
NEWS
8:12 am
Fri December 5, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

  Newcast

  • Gov. appoints new Ouray County Court Judge
  • North Fork meets to discuss economic future
  • Mesa County schools block cell phone app
  • Ceremony commemorates Sand Creek Massacre
ECONOMY
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Forum Explores The Future Of The North Fork Valley

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

About 100 people attended a forum on the North Fork Valley's economy and what can be done to improve it. 

Thirteen people ranging from the president of a coal mine to the head of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce spoke at the forum held at the Hive Paonia. 

"We have our farms," says Alexis Halbert, president of the chamber. "We have our hunting resources. We have are restaurants, wineries, [and] people who are creating things out of the natural assets of the valley."

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AGRICULTURE
10:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Fracking And Agriculture Clash In Colorado's North Fork Valley

A view of the North Fork Valley and the town of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The United States is the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. North Dakota and Texas are experiencing an oil boom. And many other states are seeing natural gas production increase through hydraulic fracturing.

Colorado has nearly 53,000 active wells. But, the state’s energy boom is a source of tension. 

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FOOD
5:29 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Cherries Are Ripe For The Pickin' In The North Fork

Bing cherries on a branch at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The summer fruit harvest season has started in western Colorado. Cherries are usually the first fruit ready for picking in the North Fork Valley.

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NEWS
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

North Fork Valley Receives about Half of County Lottery Funds

Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds. Delta County spent $10,000 of its lottery funds on maintenance of the building, as well as fertilizing the fairgrounds.
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

Last year the North Fork Valley received about half of Delta County’s lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund monies. 

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NEWS
3:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Wreck on Stewart Mesa Kills One
  • Garfield County Asks Hickenlooper to Intervene on Healthcare Rules
  • Man Shot on Orchard Mesa Was wanted by State Authorities
  • State Oil and Gas Officials Looking Into Spill in Mesa County
  • State Tightens Spill Reporting Requirements
  • Volunteers Gather for Kids' Christmas Party in the North Fork
COMMUNITY
10:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Volunteers Gather to Give Kids Some Holiday Fun

Santa and his elf wait to take photos with kids. The kids' bags of presents are pictured to the right.
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

We're well into the holiday season now, a time filled with food, lights, and gathering with friends and family. But it's also a time where many people give back to their communities.

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NEWS
1:19 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Fatal Wreck on Stewart Mesa Road Kills One

27-year-old Jacob Saunders was killed on Tuesday after an accident at the intersection of Crawford Road and Stewart Mesa Road in the North Fork Valley.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the accident was received just after 8 am Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Saunders was driving south on Crawford Road from Paonia when he was struck by a 1989 Ford Pickup traveling westbound on Stewart Mesa Road. The driver of the pickup reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the car.

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COMMUNITY
5:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club

1896-97 Hurst students at the Hurst School
Modern Women's Club

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners named two historical landmarks. One of them is Paonia’s Bross Hotel, built in 1906 and now a bed and breakfast. The other - the Rogers Mesa Community House, built in the mid-1890s as the Hurst School. 

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NEWS
5:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company, owned by billionaire Bill Koch, laid off more than a hundred more employees on Monday at its Elk Creek mine.

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Audio Postcard
10:02 am
Mon December 2, 2013

North Fork Children's Christmas Party Wrap

Credit Tamburix via Flickr (CC BY-SA) creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, KVNF's Brian Cambria stopped in at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss to talk with Marsha Grant and Toni Hanna during a volunteer-heavy event to wrap Christmas presents for children of the North Fork Valley. He captured an audio postcard to kick off the Christmas season.


NEWS
8:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Headlines

  • Use of Drones for Hunting May Soon Be Illegal in Colorado
  • North Fork Coalition Presents Limited Drilling Plan to County Commissioners
  • FBI Fraud Investigation Could Threaten Grants for GJ Airport
  • Delta Municipal Power Plant Set to Close
  • Case Against Montrose City Councilor Moved to Mesa County
  • Job Growth Likely for Colorado in the Near-Term
  • CP&W Seeking Nominations for Landowner of the Year Award
NEWS
6:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

North Fork Coalition Presents Limited Drilling Plan to County Commissioners

View of Mount Lamborn between Paonia and Hotchkiss in Colorado's North Fork Valley
Credit Joanna Calabrese

Just weeks after the Bureau of Land Management announced it would consider some community-developed ideas for managing public lands in the agency's Uncompaghre region, concerned citizens and stakeholders from the North Fork Valley met with Delta County Commissioners in Delta.   

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NEWS
1:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Paonia Town Council Looks at 2014 Budget

The Paonia Town Council held a contentious study session on next year’s approximately $2 million dollar budget last week, with declining revenues pushing a host of competitive agendas. 

Tax revenues have fallen all over the western slope, said Elyse Ackerman, regional manager of the Department of Local Affairs, or DOLA, who attended the session.

 “The whole western slope is seeing a secondary dip happening,” Ackerman says. “If you talk to Mesa County, Montrose County, everyone’s kind of seeing it. The question is why, why is that happening again?”

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ENVIRONMENT
5:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Air Quality Study

Credit North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

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NEWS
2:47 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Locals Weigh In On Government Shutdown

Credit Verbeeldingskr8 via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

On Wednesday, October 16th, US Senate leaders announced they had reached a deal to avert a default on the federal government’s debt and to reopen the government after being shut down for more than 14 days. The US House passed the bill late in the evening and President Obama signed it into law just after midnight. 

KVNF's Cyn Holder took to the streets of Paonia and Hotchkiss during the day, just as lawmakers had begun working towards a deal, to ask people what they thought about the shutdown and the political gridlock that had perpetuated it.

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ARTS
12:16 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Photography Exhibit Pays Tribute to North Fork Valley Seniors

"Neighbors, Strangers and Friends" is on display at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkis through Friday, 10/4/13
Credit Rita Claggett

“Neighbors, Strangers and Friends” is an audio/visual exhibit currently on display at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. The exhibit features a series of interviews and photographs of North Fork Valley seniors created by local writer and photographer Rita Clagett. KVNFs Ali Lightfoot spoke with Clagett about the project. 

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Ambulance

Credit North Fork Ambulance

Today we speak with three members of the only ambulance and EMT service available to residents of the North Fork Valley and some surrounding areas. North Fork Ambulance is a non-profit, volunteer run group that's been serving the valley since 1969. 

Joining us in the studio for a conversation about the group's history, its mission and its methods are Richard Kinser - Operations Cheif and Board President, Dr. Dory Funk - board member and physician, and Kathy Steckel - Director of North Fork Ambulance.

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