5:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Vision To Close North Fork Classrooms

Vision Charter Academy won't offer classes at its Paonia campus next school year.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Vision Charter Academy, a public charter school with three campuses in Delta County, won't offer classes at its North Fork campus next school year.  

Parents of students at Vision’s school in Paonia received the news Thursday via email.

Teri Kinkade the executive director of Vision Charter Academy wrote the letter.

In her email, Kinkade tells parents Vision’s board met earlier this week and decided to no longer offer classes at its Paonia location.

She cites a 'lack of interest' and 'declining enrollment' as reasons for the board’s decision.

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3:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

North Fork Valley Inspires Outdoor Mural

Artist Artist Maya Arthur Jensen created the painting mounted to the front of the Harvester Building in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

There's a new work of outdoor art on display in Paonia. 

The Harvester Building in downtown now has a landscape oil painting mounted to the front it. 

Artist Maya Arthur Jensen created the piece.

"The gentleman who owns the building and I got together in March of last year and he wanted to fancy up his building a bit," Jensen said. "We discussed different designs and different ideas and eventually we came up with a portrait of the valley floor."

The painting looks like a snapshot taken from one of the mesas that overlooks Paonia. 

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11:43 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Paonia Students Raise Funds For School Improvements

Proposed developments on the Paonia junior high / high school campus.
Credit Flight of the Eagle Project

The Flight of the Eagle project  is a collaboration between the Delta County School District, students and the community to raise money for a new track and field at Paonia High School.

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8:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 9, 2015


  • Paonia grapples with commercial use of town parks
  • Water Conservation in the West
  • City of Delta Police team up with U.S. Marshals to sweep for wanted men
  • Child Protection Measures
  • Outdoor art displayed in Paonia
12:34 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Paonia Unearths More Budget Misspending

Credit KVNF

More and more issues with the town of Paonia’s bookkeeping have been revealed. 

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11:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Local Motion: Judy and Claudia

 Judy Livingston and Claudia King are best friends with deep roots in the North Fork Valley. They've lived in Paonia their whole lives and met in school over 70 years ago. As part of the Local Motion episode on community roots, Ali Lightfoot spoke to them about their lifelong friendship and how Paonia has changed over the years.

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8:05 am
Tue March 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 24, 2015


  • Politicians and state organizations visit Paonia
  • Childhood poverty falls across state, remains strong in rural areas
  • Beetle kill doesn’t necessarily lead to more fires
  • Eckert Crane days draws birders from near and far
8:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 19, 2015


  • Woman allegedly sets her home on fire
  • Tipton asks feds about small banks
  • Paonia sends notice about drinking water violations
  • Waldorf school initiative loses state appeal
  • Economic development bill progresses at state capitol
  • Police reform bills introduced at state capitol
10:41 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Paonia Trustees Officially Dismiss Town Clerk

From left to right, Trustee Erik Gould, Trustee Ross King, Mayor Pro-Temp Charles Stewart and Mayor Neal Schwieterman at the Paonia Board of Trustees meeting where Town Clerk Barbara Petersen was officially dismissed.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Paonia Board of Trustees held a meeting on March 10, bringing the hearing over town clerk Barbara Peterson to a close. 

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11:15 am
Thu March 12, 2015

As the Worm Turns - 3/10/15

  Host Jill Spears is joined by Paonia Community Garden organizer Ryan Strand.

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6:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Paonia Inspires Local Fiber Art Installation

Adriana Villagran, left, and Amber Imrie-Situnayake, right, worked together to create the fiber art installation.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

An interactive art installation on display now at the Blue Sage Gallery in Paonia was inspired by local residents and businesses. 

It’s Thursday night in Paonia. Elsewhere Studios is packed with people.

They’re here to see the work of the artists who are wrapping up their residencies.

On the second-floor of the studio is an art installation created by two women from California.

The upper portion of the display is a canopy of sticks arranged like an upside down bird’s nest with threads hanging down from it.   

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2:42 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Peterson Hearing Results Postponed Until March 10

Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Tuesday the Board of Trustees for the town of Paonia held a hearing, a trial of sorts, for Barbara Peterson, the town clerk that was dismissed last December.

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5:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Local Motion: Food Culture Shifts

This week, food culture. 

There are a lot of new trends and models when it comes to how we look at food.  There have been broad shifts towards local and organic food, but there’s also specific, organized changes.  To start off tonight’s program, we’ll talk with Mathew Coniset and Emma Stopher Griffin.  They both came to the North Fork Valley three years ago as interns on a farm.  Since then they became involved with a food movement known as Slow Food. 

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3:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Paonia Facing Further Cuts To Balance Town Budget

Credit KVNF

The town of Paonia is looking at some serious financial troubles.  

In a recent document about the dismissal of the town clerk, they listed what might have to happen to pull the town out of the red. 

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5:38 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Records Request Details Potential Reasons For Paonia Town Clerk's Dismissal

Credit KVNF

Through a public records request, KVNF has obtained the written charges for the dismissal of the former Paonia Town Clerk.

The document explains at length the financial issues the town is facing and cites those problems as the original reason for laying off Barbara Petersen.

According to the notice, the town asked Petersen to resign, but she declined. So the town let her go.

However, the issue is that under Colorado statute appointed officials can’t be dismissed without written charges and a hearing.

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4:33 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Paonia To Serve Former Town Clerk

Paonia Town Hall in downtown Paonia.
Credit KVNF

The Paonia Board of Trustees is in an awkward position after they laid off the town clerk late last year to save money.

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10:23 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Arrests Made In Hays Drug Store Burglary

There’s been an arrest regarding the break-in late last month at Hays Drug Store in Paonia. 

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9:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Police Investigating Break In At Paonia Pharmacy

There was a break in Thursday night at Hays Drug Store in downtown Paonia.
Laura Palmisano

There was a break in last week at Hays Drug Store in downtown Paonia. 

Police are still investigating, but it appears the burglars stole prescription medication.

Officials say they don't know what kinds of medications were taken yet because they're waiting for pharmacy staff to inventory. 

 According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado has one of the highest rates in the nation for prescriptive pain pill abuse.

8:05 am
Mon January 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015


  • Flu virus hits Mesa county, jail
  • ATV’s to be OK on roads in and near Nucla
  • Break In At Paonia Pharmacy 
  • Grand Junction sees rising costs for 911 call center
  • Politicians spar over driver’s licenses
  • EPA visits X Games to talk climate change
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

North Fork Charter Initiative Appeals To State Board Of Education

Cassandra Shenk, left, and Chelsea Bookout, with the Valley Charter Initiative, talk about the Waldorf inspired charter school they want to see open in Paonia during a public meeting at Paonia Elementary in December of 2014.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A group that was denied charter recognition by the Delta County School Board is appealing to the state. 

The Valley Charter Initiative wants to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

In December, the Delta County School Board unanimously denied the groups request for charter recognition.

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