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D51 board OKs 2012-13 calendar, later spring break

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District 51 School Board members moved ahead Tuesday with preliminary plans to move spring break to a later week. Traditionally, the district gives students six days off from school, plus four weekend days, the second full week of March. The ...


Agent: MIT suspect chatted from work

By Paul Shockley

A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who allegedly flew to Grand Junction on the promise of sex with young girls was on the job when he sent most of his sexually graphic chats outlined in an arrest affidavit, a federal ...


Mesa County health rankings decline in ‘12

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Mesa County residents are less healthy than they were a year ago, according to the 2012 County Health Rankings released Tuesday. Published annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health ...


Xcel, groups agree to 3-year rate hike

By Charles Ashby

Xcel Energy reached a settlement with several groups that have been fighting the utility’s proposed $142 million rate hike. In filings to the three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which was considering the increase, Xcel ...


Concert series founder Tyme Mientka dies

By Melinda Mawdsley

Tyme Mientka, an area cellist and founder and former director of the Western Slope Concert Series, died Saturday from cancer. He was 55. Catie Mientka said her husband of nearly 30 years helped organize more than 200 concerts as co-founder ...


Interior secretary unveils plan to expedite gas-drilling permits

By Dennis Webb

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday announced plans to cut the processing time of federal oil and gas permitting by up to two-thirds and to boost the efficiency of the leasing process. The plans drew enthusiastic praise from an industry ...


BLM extends period for comments on North Fork drilling

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People who wish to comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s study of about 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley for natural gas drilling have an extra two weeks to submit comments. The comment period was to end Friday, but the bureau ...


GarCo will continue manager search; Teck passed up

By Dennis Webb

Former state Sen. Ron Teck won’t be the next Garfield County manager. Neither will the four other finalists for the job, after county commissioners decided Monday to pass on hiring any of them. “We need an individual that’s ...


Fruita voters reject pot shops

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Fruita residents overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday night to ban the sale of medical marijuana in the city, joining with voters in dozens of other municipalities across the state who have said no to commercial outlets for the drug. Final, ...


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Effort to save Palisade farms bearing fruit

By Amy Hamilton

Many of the peach and wine-grape orchards you see today in the Palisade area will be around for your grandkids and great-grandkids to enjoy. Thanks in part to the work of the Mesa Land Trust, five new parcels totaling 92 acres recently were ...


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