Paonia Board of Trustees

  • Paonia Town Council to meet, discuss Town Administrator's actions
  • ICE activities on the Western Slope ramping up

  • Paonia named third Space to Create community in Colorado
  • Officials hope Space to Create will spur economy
  • Paonia Trustees meet tonight, will use new agenda format
  • Denver startups create jobs with anchor institutions

  • Committee says Colorado failing to reach higher education goals
  • 5 town employees threaten to sue Paonia Board of Trustees
  • Alleged misconduct by a Paonia Trustee prompts angry letter
  • Agencies ramp up effort to bring broadband to rural areas
  • Colorado joins 15 states in lawsuit against President Trump over DACA

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

Mar 28, 2016

  • Paonia finishes renovations on water plant
  • Data shows some counties growing while neighbors see decline
  • New 911 dispatch center opens in Montrose
  • Federal agency to host public meeting in Grand Junction to hear about coal leasing
  • Rain barrel bill hits a snag at the state capitol  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016

  • 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

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Dec 11, 2015

  • A discussion about Paonia’s budget for next year
  • Colorado ranks highest in the nation for physical activity
  • Joe Cocker car auction won by Grand Junction couple

  • Man killed by train in Clifton 
  • Paonia Board of Trustees approves fee increases 
  • Colorado’s latest revenue forecast shows state still faces budget challenges
  • EPA discusses proposed methane rules at Denver meeting
  • State awards Lake City nonprofit $33K for river restoration project

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Sep 14, 2015

  • 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

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Sep 11, 2015

  • 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

Paonia Unearths More Budget Misspending

Apr 2, 2015
Paonia Town Hall

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

Paonia Trustees Officially Dismiss Town Clerk

Mar 13, 2015
Paonia Board of Trustees
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. 

Paonia Town Hall

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.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Feb 4, 2015


  • Paonia looking at the legality of firing a appointed official
  • St. Vincent in Leadville looks like it will remain open
  • City of Delta discussing ban on hash oil production, possession
  • Winter Celebration draws ice anglers out into the cold

Paonia Town Hall

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

Tuesday night the Paonia Board of Trustees approved the town’s budget for 2015.

Town officials say Paonia is in a ‘fiscal crisis’ and tough choices were made to address its budget deficit. 

The town will cut three staff members by the end of this year. 

Pink slips have been handed to the town clerk, a police officer and a sanitation worker.

Recently hired town manger Jane Berry says the layoffs were necessary to help close Paonia’s $410,000 budget deficit.