Paonia

Elsewhere Studios, art
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Elyse Mische is a mixed-media illustrator from the Midwest. She's in Paonia, Colo. for a three-month artist residency at Elsewhere Studios. The organization brought her to town as the first-ever recipient of its fashion designer residency. She's designing a line for the upcoming Paonia Fashion Show, taking place May 20-21. In this segment, Mische talks about her line and creative process. 


  • Arrests made in Paonia antler theft
  • Election officials: drop off municipal ballots in person instead of mailing
  • Hickenlooper discusses state budget
  • House committee gives OK to undocumented driver's license program expansion
  • Raton Basin most at risk place in Colorado for 2016 Quakes  

  • State unemployment drops even farther
  • Brush fires become hazard in warm, dry weather
  • Paonia looking forward to end of state­mandated water project
  • Capitol Conversation looking at this year so far  
Bowie #2 Mine, Coal Mine
WildEarth Guardians

Another coal mine will shut down in Western Colorado. Bowie Resource Partners is idling the Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia.

In a release, the company cites the continued decline of the coal market as the reason for the closure.

The mine currently employs 108 people. Bowie estimates 68 full-time positions will be eliminated in April, but by July, nearly everyone will lose their job. 

Local Motion: TEDx Paonia

Jan 27, 2016

This week, KVNF's Jake Ryan sat down with Alex Johnson and Joanna Calabrese to talk about the upcoming TEDx event in Paonia.  16 speakers will give talks on a range of topics, each with a connection to the North Fork area.  It's the first of it's kind on the Western Slope.


  • Paonia municipal election: 9 run for 3 trustee vacancies, 1 for mayor
  • Mesa County launches diabetes prevention program aimed at lifestyle changes
  • COGCC approves final rule changes from O&G Task Force
  • Snow tire bill committee

  • Hickenlooper outlines legislative priorities for 2016 session
  • Paonia resident, horse killed in accident on Hwy 92
  • Environmental activists respond to Arch Coal’s bankruptcy
  • For 2016, Democrats in the Colorado Senate will have a new leader

  • Missing woman found
  • Artist residency program in Paonia expands scope
  • Capitol Conversation looking at upcoming session
  • Nucla receives $1M million for sewage treatment

Kerry Donovan
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Last week, state Sen. Kerry Donovan hosted a town hall in Paonia. She talked about her first year at the capitol and bills she's working on for the next legislative session.

Jeff Reynolds

2015 Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 4 - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, with The Railsplitters

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Voters across the Western Slope overwhelming approved broadband measures. 

Communities across the region asked residents to opt-out of Senate Bill 152. The decade-old state law prevents local governments from providing internet services or spending money on broadband infrastructure unless residents overturn it.  

Voters in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray Counties approved opt-out measures. Residents in Crested Butte, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride also passed similar ballot issues.  

Paonia Town Hall
KVNF

After years and years of embezzlement, a criminal case, and prison time, the town’s dealings with Kirstin Chesnik are coming to a conclusion.  On Tuesday night, the town accepted the terms of a civil settlement with Chesnik.

  • Police sting leads to arrests for child prostitution
  • Second theft causes construction delays
  • Parks and Wildlife brings information to local libraries
  • Chicken lawsuit highlights problems with lack of zoning laws
  • New rules for oil and gas considered
  • Major break cuts off water service in Paonia
Delta County Memorial Hospital
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Over the summer, Delta County Memorial Hospital ended its partnership with the North Fork Clinics. The relationship lasted for a little over a year. DCMH had taken over managing the clinics in Paonia and Hotchkiss. After the hospital announced it was returning management to the two physicians who previously owned the clinics, the facility in Hotchkiss closed and one of the physicians left.

Coal
NPS

A coal mine near Paonia is laying off more workers.

Bowie Resource Partners announced on Tuesday that it's eliminating nearly 100 jobs at the Bowie #2 Mine.

Elsewhere Studios
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week Colorado Creative Industries, the state’s art agency, announced this year’s recipients of its Colorado Creates grant program.

It awarded 168 grants to organizations across the state. In the KVNF listening area, groups in Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Ouray and San Miguel counties got funding.

  • Rare sighting: moose in Grand Junction
  • State water board awards $5.5M for projects at Montrose meeting
  • Governor submits sage grouse conservation plan to feds
  • Organic agriculture in Colorado continues to grow
  • Governor releases Colorado climate change plan
  • Paonia homecoming parade features vintage car tour
Paonia Town Hall
KVNF

The town of Paonia is still reeling from embezzlement.  As the town also grapples with a mulit-million dollar water project, all of the flexible reserves are spent, meaning the town has had to take a line of credit to cover costs. 

Charles Stewart and Ross King, board of trustees members, and Jane Berry, town manager, discuss the financial state of Paonia, and what can be done to work things out. 

  • 1 in 7 Coloradoans struggle with hunger
  • Paper calls into question sage grouse numbers
  • Second person arrested in human trafficking case
  • Large, illegal marijuana grow operation found
  • A discussion about Paonia’s proposed fee increase

  • State board of education approves new high school graduation requirements
  • Paonia Trustees address the town’s financial state
  • State wildlife agency monitoring threatened lynx with game cameras
Jeff Reynolds

2015 Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Paonia, Week 1 - Todo Mundo with Handmade Moments

  • Fire closes Snow Dogs in Paonia
  • Telluride entrepreneur project produces a new business for Montrose
  • EPA releases report on Animas River spill
  • Montrose County cuts top jobs to save money
  • Mesa County woman faces felony if convicted of repeat DUI

  • Hickenlooper visits Montrose, talks about river spill
  • Study looks at methane emissions from natural gas development
  • Street mural tries to create a place for community
  • Mental health resources strained across Colorado
  • Grand Junction horse show canceled over livetsock disease fears

  • Livestock disease spreads across Western Slope
  • Water storage tank in Paonia requires more repairs
  • Lake City hires new town clerk
  • CPW releases first draft of strategic plan
  • An iSeeChange story looking into the mystery of dying finches
Stephanie Helleckson, North Fork Community Chorus
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley now has a community chorus. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Stephanie Helleckson, the music director and conductor, of the new vocal group. 


Newscast

  • News rules proposed for coal mines
  • Revenue Silver Mine owner defaults on payments
  • Waldorf type school in Paonia now officially a reality
  • Two deceased campers identified, carbon monoxide poisoning a possibility
  • CDC Issues Guidelines For Backyard Chicken Flocks
  • What's next for the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss?

  Newscast

  • School board OK’s alternative education in Paonia Elementary
  • Parachute allows recreational marijuana
  • Annual local government meeting in Breckenridge wraps up
  • Migratory bird protections may be removed
  • Gas leak causes explosion in Lake City

Paonia Elementary
Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has approved a Waldorf inspired education program in Paonia.

For the past three years, a group of parents and educators in the North Fork Valley have tried to open a Waldorf inspired charter school.  

The school board and the state board of education denied their charter recognition.

However, the group worked with district officials and school administrators to come up with a compromise.

It would create a K-4 program inspired by the Waldorf model at Paonia Elementary School. 

  Newscast

  • Missing Paonia Man Found Dead
  • Tri-State To Buy Power From Colorado Wind Farm
  • Ride the Rockies Stops in Hotchkiss
  • Hwy 133 Closure On Friday
  • Region 10 Creates Support Group For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Colorado Businesses Can Legally Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana
  • Marijuana Use In Colorado
  • Ridgway Woman Trampled By Donkeys 
Vision Charter Academy, delta montrose technical college paonia campus
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A deadline passed last week for several students in the North Fork.

The Vision Charter Academy announced plans earlier this school year to stop all classes at the Paonia campus, reverting back to a resource for homeschooling families.

Avery McJunkin just finished up his sophomore year at the alternative school.  He was one of several students that campaigned to keep the classes going. 

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