Town of Paonia

  • Capitol Coverage of new laws set to take effect on January 1st
  • Red Flag Law, laws against unexpected medical bills enforceable after New Year
  • Paonia voters will decide about water tap moratorium in special election

  • Paonia Trustees consider across the board rate increases for utilities
  • River in Arizona one of many in the West running out of groundwater
  • World's oldest working DJ, KVNF's own Felix Belmont, to retire

  • Report from Secretary of State suggests economy will remain strong
  • Colorado Springs sees protest, press conference in response to shooting
  • Hotchkiss public invited to meeting about economic development survey
  • Paonia Town Council to address a couple of controversial issues tonight

  • Town of Paonia issues back flow warning to water users
  • Capitol Coverage of efforts against opioid addiction in state
  • BLM seeking comment on RMP for much of Eastern Colorado
  • Advocates seek reintroduction of gray wolf into the state

  • Second community meeting held to discuss Paonia water emergency
  • Most if not all customers have water restored, boil notice still applies
  • Capitol Coverage of gun bill that passed in House
  • Proposed oil and gas regulations not satisfactory to many groups

  • Slow work of recharging main water line in Paonia begins
  • Community meeting tonight to talk about water emergency in Paonia
  • Former Governor Hickenlooper officially announces run for Presidency
  • Capitol Coverage of proposed changes to oil and gas regulations

  • Paonia water emergency moves into its third week
  • Paonia water system expected to slowly start recharging today
  • Two Colorado River Compact states fail to meet key deadline
  • Controversial sex bill making its way through state house
  • Patients charged with huge medical bills look for help

Tamie Meck

The Town of Paonia has been dealing with a water emergency for nearly two weeks now. Service is expected to be returned next week to the one third to one half of all customers who have had their water turned off. We'll get updated on this evolving story. And, KVNF News talks with one former trustee who is launching a petition effort to completely change how the town does its water business. We'll also hear about a fundraising effort for employees and businesses hurt by the closure of businesses during the emergency.

  • Town of Paonia water emergency nearing two weeks old
  • One third to one half of Paonia customers have water shut off
  • Paonia holds community meeting, discusses water emergency
  • Officials are hopeful water service will be restored Monday

  • Community meeting at Paonia town hall tonight to discuss water emergency
  • Four areas inside the town limits of Paonia have water shut off
  • Paonia resident will stand trial for shooting death of local man last year
  • Space to Create releases results of art survey
  • Capitol Coverage of bill to prohibit public smoking of e cigarettes

  • Town of Paonia shuts off water to out of town customers
  • Springs providing water to Paonia at 25 percent of normal flow
  • Water companies outside of Paonia face indefinite shut off

  • Local citizen starts fundraiser for Paonia area businesses
  • H2O Radio reports on a common weed killer found in beer & wine
  • Capitol Coverage of bill that would allow counties, towns to set own minimum wages
  • Flu season on the rise, number of cases increasing in Montrose area

  • Boil water notice lifted in Paonia; water break found
  • Capitol Coverage of Mesa County Commissioner's petition
  • Plan in place to help Colorado's aging population
  • Department of Transportation redoing chain, traction laws
  • Summary of local results from state wrestling championship

  • Town of Paonia remains on boil water advisory, looking for leak
  • Dept of Health issues temporary closure notices for businesses in Paonia
  • Colorado attorney general joins lawsuit against Trump's declaration
  • Bill to save retirement for nearly 1 million state residents debated
  • Controversial sex education bill passes in State House

  • Town of Paonia on boil water alert until further notice
  • Paonia loses over 2 million gallons of water due to main break
  • Two avalanche fatalities over the weekend outside of Crested Butte
  • Capitol Coverage of new cell phone use bill

  • Red Flag bill would take guns away from individuals in crisis
  • Potholes in Paonia: roads worse than ever as winter bears down
  • Town of Paonia left scrambling after grant funds for roads denied
  • EPA working to reduce water pollutants in south central Colorado

  • Town of Paonia appoints new trustee
  • State senator will not run for re-election after harassment accusations
  • Towns may begin enforcing bans on so-called urban camping
  • NORAD begins tracking Santa's journey from the North Pole

  • 5,000 North Fork Valley acres removed from December BLM oil and gas sale
  • Acreage around old Bowie No. 2 mine in Somerset removed from sale
  • Longtime High Country News publisher Ed Marston passes away
  • Marston leaves lasting legacy as environmental activist, lover of outdoors

  • Town of Paonia's comment on BLM's environmental assessment omitted
  • Special Meeting scheduled at Paonia Town Hall to write new comment to BLM
  • Five amendments referred to voters on Nov. 6th ballot
  • New data collection rules to be enacted by state starting tomorrow
  • High school football teams kick off the season around the listening area tonight

  • Initiative 97, mandating oil and gas setbacks, will be on the November ballot
  • Town of Paonia receives letter from Colorado chapter of ACLU
  • Paonia among 31 cities in Colorado asked to remove panhandling ordinance
  • BLM issues environmental assessment, Paonia comment ignored

  • Town of Paonia sends letter detailing water regulation violations
  • Water in Paonia clean and safe, violations occurred in reporting test results
  • CU scientists looking at possible severe flooding due to climate change


The Town of Paonia held a special meeting on Monday night and issued special permits that will allow the Edesia Community Kitchen to continue operation in a warehouse at 3rd and Clark in Paonia. A planning commission meeting, a public hearing, a regular town council meeting and a special town council meeting were convened before the decision was made. Eric Goold of KVNF News had this editorial comment.

  • Protests across the country against President Trump's anti-immigration policies
  • SWAT team moves in on Centennial protest at ICE facility, protesters arrested
  • Town of Paonia issues special permits to Edesia Community Kitchen
  • Editorial comment about Edesia decision

  • Paonia awarded a rural development grant for marketing, development
  • North Fork Valley will host Rural Philanthropy Days conference next July
  • Fire update across the Western Slope, conditions ripe for fire expansion

  • Paonia Town Park will get watered, Stewart Ditch not totally dry
  • Colorado Attorney General appointed head of leadership group
  • Sounds of Yampa River set to classical music

Delta County is seeing a surge in marijuana compliance checks as law enforcement officers seek to stamp out illegal grows. At the same time, the state of Colorado continues to rake in massive tax benefits after last year's marijuana sales of over 1 billion dollars. KVNF News spoke with the Paonia chief of police, the sheriff of Delta County and the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue to get the story.

  • Stewart Ditch gets river call, flows reduced by  50 percent
  • Town of Paonia will no longer be able to water Paonia Town Park
  • School District 51 gets special training to deal with school shootings
  • Two wildfires outside of Meeker, one outside of Montrose, one on Fruitland Mesa

  • Governor Hickenlooper opposes December BLM land lease sale
  • Town of Paonia wants BLM to defer leases until RMP is completed
  • Executive order requires old wells, oil and gas machinery to be capped for safety
  • Department of Interior supports moving headquarters of BLM to the West

Eric Goold

Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees was disrupted when former trustee Suzanne Watson, who was trying to speak during the public comment portion of an agenda item, was ordered to leave the meeting by Mayor Charles Stewart. KVNF News has audio from the meeting and spoke with all participants.


KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.