Paonia

NEWS
6:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Local Reaction To Bowie Coal Mine Layoffs

A Paonia resident shows their support for the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Bowie Resource Partners laid off 150 people at its Bowie #2 mine near Paonia. 


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NEWS
5:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

Credit NPS

Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia.

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POLITICS
6:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Despite Legalization, Marijuana Remains Divisive In Colorado Communities

Many towns in Colorado still ban the sale of recreational pot. That may change on election day as more towns and cities consider opening up sales to cash in on the heavily taxed drug.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

It’s been ten months since Colorado began allowing the recreational use of marijuana. But many towns across the state still don’t allow its sale. That may change this November. More than 20 communities in the state have marijuana issues on the ballot. 

"And here we have two cannabis plants that are mature and ready to be harvested," Scott Wilson says. "If you look at them you can see the purple on them and you can see the medicine on them."

Wilson owned the first medical marijuana store in Colorado’s Delta County.

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POLITICS
4:51 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

2B Or Not 2B, That Is The Question

Credit flickr.com/cwhitfield

KVNF and the Paradise Theatre are hosting a live forum and/or debate on the retail marijuana issue, Question 2B.

The event will happen on Monday October 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Registered Issue Committees, "Citizens For A Sustainable Community" and "Citizens Protecting Our Youth" have both been invited to participate.

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COMMUNITY
1:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Local Motion: Mosquito Abatement

Credit Jake Ryan

The North Form Mosquito Abatement District is a small operation based out of Paonia that has to strike  a balance between keeping populations in check, while also trying to keep the citizens they’re protecting happy and safe.  It's a tricky tightrope that has been the source for debate for years.  KVNF's Jake Ryan talks to the employees about disease, fruit juice, dynamite, and more. 

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KVNF LIVE
5:14 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

KVNF Live! - Drew Emmitt Band, with Simpler Times Bluegrass, 8/14/14

Credit Jeff Reynolds

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 3 - The Drew Emmitt Band with Simpler Times Bluegrass

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Results From Paonia Chemical Dumping

Credit Bart Eller

Early last month, chemicals were illegally dumped in an irrigation ditch outside Paonia. 

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COMMUNITY
4:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hundreds of Bikers Flock To Paonia For BMW Motorcycle Rally

The 43rd annual Top O' The Rockies Rally brings hundreds of motorcycle riders to Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of BMW motorcycle riders in the North Fork Valley over the next four days

Many of them are here for the 43rd annual Top O’ The Rockies Rally

Mark Lee is one of hundreds of BMW rider that have descended on Paonia for the event.  

"I live in Silverton and I thought I’d come down and see the other bikes," Lee said. He owns a 1975 BMW R90/6. 

"It’s a fairly old motorcycle, but its been rebuilt and it’s running really strong," Lee said. 

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NEWS
1:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chemical Substance Illegally Dumped In Ditch Near Paonia

Credit Bart Eller

Over the Fourth of July weekend someone illegal dumped an unknown substance into an irrigation ditch outside of Paonia, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement along with the hazardous material team from the Hotchkiss Fire Department were called to the scene on Price Road by a property owner.  

Ken Nordstorm, the environmental health director for Delta County, said samples from the ditch that flows across multiple properties and empties into the North Fork of the Gunnison were collected on Monday. 

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NEWS
4:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Paonia To Decide On Recreational Marijuana In Special Election

Credit flickr.com/cwhitfield

Paonia residents will decide if they want to allow retail marijuana facilities in their town during a special election in November. 

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COMMUNITY
6:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Cherry Days Brings Crowds To Paonia

The #4 tractor heading down Grand Ave in Paonia.
Credit KVNF's Laura Palmisano

Last weekend was the 68th Annual Cherry Days Festival in Paonia. 

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NEWS
8:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine Goes “Idle,” 115 More Workers Affected
  • City of Ouray Reviewing its 2020 Economic Development Plan
  • Senator Mark Udall to unveil plans for Brown’s Canyon
  • Group Tells Front Range Water Interests to Stay Away from Western Slope
  • Euology for Pete Poulos, aka “Pete the Barber”
NEWS
9:57 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Paonia Residents to Vote on Sidewalks and Mill Levy Questions

Marty Durlin/KVNF

Paonia’s five and a quarter miles of bumpy, deteriorating sidewalks are a problem. Earlier this year the Town attempted to get homeowners to pay for their own sidewalk repair -- but met with resistance from residents who said they could not afford it, even if the Town contributes half the cost of concrete up to $500.

Now ballot question 2A calls for a three dollar per month addition to utility bills for ten years to cover the cost of sidewalk maintenance. 

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COMMUNITY
8:42 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Local Motion: Dennis McKenna, Part Two

This week on Local Motion, we present part two of Marty Durlin's interview with Dennis McKenna, about his book "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss," which tells the story of Dennis and Terence McKenna's life together, beginning in Paonia. 

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Local Motion: Dennis McKenna, Part One

Credit Dennis McKenna

The McKenna Brothers are two of Paonia's illustrious, possibly infamous, hometown icons. Younger brother Dennis is an ethnobotanist. His older brother Terence, who died in 2000, was known for his books on psychedelics and the nature of consciousness, with such titles as "True Hallucinations and The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History."

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COMMUNITY
3:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Slideshow: 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Parade

Joanna Calabrese

Friends, families and neighbors from near and far gathered this Independence Day for the annual Cherry Days Parade through downtown Paonia. From firefighters to fiji-dancers, to clowns and a very-well behaved marching goat, the parade showcased and celebrated the North Fork Valley's diversity and communal spirit. 

KVNF's Joanna Calabrese was on hand to capture that spirit. 

COMMUNITY
10:45 am
Fri July 5, 2013

KVNF Youth Reporters Ask: What's Cherry Days Without a Carnival?

The Carnival at Cherry Days 2012

An altercation between local teens and carnival workers during last year's Cherry Days Celebration in Paonia resulted in the cancelation of the well-beloved carnival this year. KVNF youth reporters spoke to some of the people most concerned about it.


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Local Newscast
8:40 am
Thu July 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, July 04, 2013

Headlines:

  • Randy Udall Found in Wyoming, Deceased
  • Body Discovered Tuesday at Colorado National Monument Ruled a Homicide
  • 38 Drought-stricken Colorado Counties Declared Drought Disaster
  • Gov Appoints Panel to Help Implement State’s New Renewable Energy Law
  • State Recall Elections Good to Go
  • What’s Cherry Days Without a Carnival
COMMUNITY
9:32 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Slideshow: 19th Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado Comes to Paonia

Joanna Calabrese

The streets of Paonia were packed with bicycles this past Tuesday, as riders in the 19th Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado stopped into town on Day 3 of their 438-mile loop across the state.

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NEWS
2:40 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Paonia's Chesnik Gets Four Years in Prison, Five Parole

Paonia Town Hall

In March former Town of Paonia financial officer Kristen Chesnik pled guilty to the theft of $393,000 from the public coffers. On Monday she was sentenced by 7th Judicial Court Judge Charles Greenacre to four years in prison, followed by a mandatory five years of parole. The judge could not have given her more than five years in prison, because of the parameters of the plea bargain.

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Local Newscast
8:40 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • Montrose wins All America City Award
  • Former Paonia Town Employee Chesnik to be sentenced June 24
  • Man fined for harming collared lizard at Colorado National Monument
  • Delta County imposes stage one fire restrictions
  • Wildfire Update
  • Wildfire reduction grants available
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission to hold public forum in Grand Junction on Thursday
Local Newscast
9:34 am
Thu June 13, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Female bear tracked and killed up Terror Creek after killing chickens
  • Mesa County approves natural gas processing plant west of DeBeque
  • Regna Jones leases Paonia’s Paradise Theatre for another six months
  • Colorado Wildfire Update
  • DMEA looks to broadband
Loacl News
5:42 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paonia Mayor Explains the Condition of the Streets in Town

Third Street from Grand Avenue to the Paonia Public Library is bumpy and dusty. Broken sewer pipes were repaired beneath the road, and the Town is getting bids for patching, repaving or possibly using concrete to repair the street.

Anyone familiar with Paonia knows that the streets are in bad shape, especially along one four-block stretch on Third Street between Grand Avenue and the public library.

It’s not only the streets that are bumpy in Paonia. The last year has been an up-and-down ride for Paonia’s mayor. From the BLM’s decision to offer and then withdraw lease parcels in the North Fork, to the guilty plea entered by the town’s former employee for embezzling some $400,000 from the public coffers, there has been no shortage of drama. But what about the streets?

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Local Newscast
8:48 am
Wed May 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, May 08, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Stahl shed burns in Paonia
  • State’s fire-fighting fleet is unfunded
  • Stoned while driving bill passes, along with other marijuana measures
  • Hotchkiss dog trials this weekend
  • CHC launches air-monitoring baseline study
  • Antero fined by COGCC for Rifle pipeline leak in 2010
Pass the Mic
1:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

What is "Pass the Mic" all About?

"Pass the Mic" is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, in partnership with the North Fork Heart & Soul Project. Over the course of two years, 14 young reporters will be assigned to a "beat" reporting on a North Fork industry. Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context, and will be supported in presenting their final projects to the valley.

NEWS
12:40 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Amy Goodman in Paonia

Award-winning progressive journalist Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! (heard weekdays at 6 pm on KVNF,) visited Paonia Saturday, Oct. 5th, and spoke before an enthusiastic audience at the Paradise Theatre. The event was a fund-raiser for KVNF & High Country News.

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Amy Goodman in Paonia
2:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Amy Goodman coming to Paonia!

Amy Goodman will be speaking at the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, October 6 at 4:30pm. Amy Goodman is an award winning, internationally recognized journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. She is the host of the popular global news program "Democracy Now!" broadcasted daily on radio, TV and Internet.  Proceeds benefit KVNF Radio and High Country News Magazine.

Election 2012 Silenced Majority Tour

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 4:30pm

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

iSeeChange: Drought

Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought. Yet 2011 saw record snow and rain? iSeeChange has been talking to citizens and scientists about what's driving extreme weather in the Western Slope and what declining irrigation water means for farmers, ranchers, and residents.

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