Battle: Peach vs. cantaloupe

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DENVER — Nick Bablak is getting a real lesson in how a bill becomes a law.
Nick is the Denver fourth-grader who is the real force behind a seemingly innocuous measure to make the Palisade peach the state’s official fruit.

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A woman who was trained on spotting welfare fraud as an employee of the Mesa County Department of Human Services was arrested Monday on allegations she defrauded the agency of various welfare program funds totaling nearly $13,000. Michelle Rich, 32, of Grand Junction, was released from the Mesa County Jail on Tuesday after signing out on a $7,500 personal-recognizance bond, after she was advised of charges including attempt to influence a public servant, theft, forgery and second-degree


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