1st Annual Festival of Trees Crawford
November 29th – December 7th
Historic Crawford Town Hall is a winter wonderland filled with beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. You may view the trees/wreaths during the evening hours from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. For a modest contribution, you may secure tickets that can be dropped into snow buckets of the trees and wreaths that you favor the most. A drawing for a tree from each snow bucket will take place Saturday, December 7th during a Community Potluck/Musical Program at Town Hall beginning at 5:00 pm. More info: http://www.crawfordcountry.org/
At right, Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce Board member, Connie Layton, with a few of the trees.
DCED North Fork Valley Roundtable/Quarterly Meeting, Thursday, November 21.
Memorial Hall, Hotchkiss.
Key people in the North Fork Valley met the Delta County Economic Development team to learn about programs that may be of particular interest to North Fork residents, and to build bridges between DCED and the NFV to advance important programs. Topics included: Introduction to Delta County Economic Development, Economic Challenges in the North Fork Valley, Soil Health Program, Rural Track Health Care Program and improving the availability of health care in the NFV, Broadband Improvement Program.
Photo at right: current DCED board member Ed Marston presented an overview of economic statistics since 1970.
For comprehensive report on the meeting, page 3 of December North Fork Merchant Herald, or http://www.merchantherald.com/
North Fork Valley Community Summit and Joint Chamber Symposium
October 25 and 26, 2013
Over 80 people participated in the Summit!
There were thirty mini-grant submissions, with seventeen presentations of these requests during the Summit.
Attendees of the Summit voted for a "People's Choice Award", which awarded $1,000 to the Hotchkiss Library's Seed Library concept.
"The North Fork Seed Library will create a collection of heirloom seeds for the community to check out, grow, harvest, and return for the next gardener. The Hotchkiss Library will host classes on gardening, harvesting, cooking classes and seed saving ---- to create a community of growers who learn to save their seed and return more seeds than they checked out."
On November 1, the following projects were awarded grants (sharing $10,000): the North Fork Seed Library at the Hotchkiss Library, Preservation of the Crawford Town Hall, Emerging Leadership Training through the Creative District, North Fork Historical Society and the Blue Sage Historic Markers and Talks Program, Hotchkiss Downtown and Highway Corridor Improvement, The Conservation Center’s Paonia River Park Project, and The North Fork Preservation Center feasibility Project.
To see more photos, read all the grant proposals, and see the film by Jordan Schevene "What Matters Most: Exploring the Values of the Valley" go to http://www.northforkheartandsoul.com/
North Fork Valley of Colorful Colorado
Those of us fortunate enough to live in the North Fork Valley welcome you to take in the experience of this place we call home.
But what exactly is The North Fork Valley?
A very simple definition would reveal that the valley includes the towns of eastern Delta County:
Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford – and the surrounding mesas.
The North Fork Valley is named in recognition of the importance of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, which runs northeast to west through this high valley –--
from the mountains northeast of Paonia, through Hotchkiss and the ‘dobie’ deserts until it meets the main body of the larger Gunnison River, between Hotchkiss and Delta.
The north fork of this mighty river is the quiet cousin of the main branch, which carved out over 2,000’ of solid rock to create the stunning Black Canyon southwest of Crawford.
Once the two branches of the Gunnison River merge, it winds through the canyon lands of west central Colorado, joining the Colorado River west of Grand Junction.
But that’s only the geography lesson… one that tells you nothing more than could be learned from a map or on a flight far overhead.
The real story is to be experienced in person---- Click here to read more.
Click on this ‘road map’ for a PDF of the North Fork Valley. Please be patient while it loads---it is worth the wait.
Enjoy yourself in our website (a joint effort of the Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Crawford Chambers of Commerce), and, when you are here.