North Fork Valley

Flowercat via Flickr (CC-NC-SA)

The height of the fruit season is approaching here in western Colorado, so for this week’s iSeeChange report, we decided to zoom out a bit and look at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene.  

Dan Bihn, High Country News

Carbondale resident and environmental steward Randy Udall's body was discovered last week in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Local resident Ed Marston knew Udall over three decades and offers this tribute. 


  • Prescribed burn on the Uncompahgre Plateau today and tomorrow
  • First legal hemp crop in Colorado planted
  • Innovative program in Carbondale helps immigrants join the melting pot
  • Anti-gas development film is free tonight at the Paradise
  • Tours of the valley from on high
  • What $50,000 can do for Thompson Divide


  • Oil and gas and fracking bills dominate legislature
  • Alternative plan proposed for North Fork Valley resource development
  • High benzene levels detected near Parachute Creek after gas leak
  • Appointed committee to regulate pot in disarray after scathing audit
  • BLM announces lease procedures and acreage in three Western states
  • Crane count from Fruitgrowers Reservoir

Marty Durlin

The Bureau of Land Management held the first of three meetings with local town councils last night. About 50 people showed up at the Hotchkiss town hall to hear what agency representatives had to say about the pending gas lease auction of parcels in the North Fork Valley. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.

"North Fork Valley" is a new book published by Arcadia that chronicles the beginnings of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.   The authors, Kathy Addams McKee – a fourth Generation native of the valley and Claudia Sutliff King,  a lifetime resident,  compiled pictures and history of the North Fork Valley from the 1880’s through present day.  Here,  the authors  talk about area's rich heritage and history.