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Roaring Fork Valley sees spate of bank robberies

By Amy Hamilton

A bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank in Carbondale at closing time Saturday was the third robbery in the Roaring Folk Valley in as many months. Carbondale police and the FBI are investigating the incident in which police said a male ...


Former meth dealer looks to help Thai kids

By Amy Hamilton

Jerry Raetz used to be a methamphetamine dealer, but he’s on a completely different track now. Raetz, 65, an outreach staff member at Canyon View Vineyard Church, is heading to Thailand for the next two years on a mission to help ...


Four seek appointment to Fruita council

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Four men are vying to fill the vacant seat on the Fruita City Council. Mike Joseph, Dave Karisny, Cullen Purser and Eric Slater interviewed late last week with council members, who are expected to make a selection during their May 15 meeting, ...


This Week in the Legislature, May 7, 2012

By Staff

Today marks the beginning of the final three days of the 2012 session. As a result, House and Senate calendars are virtually meaningless because anything on it can change at a moment’s notice. Lawmakers will go from the floor to ...


Six tied up in Carbondale bank robbery

By Dennis Webb

A robber escaped from a Carbondale bank Saturday after leaving five employees and a customer bound inside, authorities say. According to Carbondale police information distributed by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, a man entered ...


Fewer District 51 grads chose college than peers in ‘09

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The rate of District 51 students who graduated high school in 2009 and enrolled in a college or university the following year is below that of their counterparts statewide. Nearly 57 percent of local high school graduates pursued higher ...


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Independent school? Colorado Mesa University looks for new source of funds

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It’s a bit like one of those incomprehensible story problems: If the Medicaid train leaves Denver bound for Grand Junction at 44 mph, when does it force colleges and universities off the budgetary tracks? The sense among policymakers, ...


Traffic alert, May 6, 2012

By Staff

The following road closures and maintenance projects may impact traffic this week: ■ Street striping: City crews are out striping streets for the next few weeks. Striping is done for the safety, guidance, and benefit of all vehicles on ...


2 towns take cautious stance on oil shale

By Dennis Webb

Two more Garfield County communities have followed in the footsteps of the city of Rifle in saying that research and development projects should precede any commercial leasing for oil shale development on federal lands in the region. New ...


Saturday was 13th red-flag-warning day of this year

By Rachel Sauer

Not to succumb to superstition or anything, but: the Grand Valley had its 13th red flag warning of 2012 on Saturday. So, if you ended the day with about a pound of dust in your eyes and that disgruntled feeling that follows being ...


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