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Grand Junction High School conservation project falls short at the finish line

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A team of Grand Junction High School students picked as finalists in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge did not make the list of top three prize-winners in the contest. The winners, announced Wednesday, are from a high school in ...


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DA: No charges in case of alleged trooper bias

By Paul Shockley

A former Colorado State Patrol trooper, under scrutiny for alleged bias in his handling of impaired driving cases over four years, will not face criminal charges following a three-month investigation, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said ...


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Sierra Club: No new gas plants

By Dennis Webb

A powerhouse environmental group that has ended its national support of natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to a renewable-energy future also is preparing to launch a campaign focusing on concerns surrounding oil and gas development in ...


Spokesman disputes Romney rhetoric

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When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke in Craig on Tuesday, “His rhetoric couldn’t be further from reality,” said Jim Spehar, a surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election ...


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Crews gain in battle against wildfire southwest of Gateway

By Amy Hamilton

About a dozen Gateway residents left a community meeting Tuesday night relieved after hearing that firefighters may be able to finish the northern part of a perimeter around the Sunrise Mine wildfire to the south. The fire was sparked ...


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Mesa Theater sold to former Boise bar owner

By Melinda Mawdsley

Iconic downtown Grand Junction entertainment venue Mesa Theater & Club has sold. Owner David Prather, who has run the business for the past 14 years, sold the venue to former Boise, Idaho, bar owner Andy Pittman, pending the deal’s ...


Delta schools still trying to fill leadership post

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Delta School District 50J School Board members plan to hire the district’s personnel director, Caryn Gibson, as the next interim superintendent. The board plans to approve a contract for Gibson at a June 8 special board meeting. Gibson ...


Programs to fill District 51 summer school gap

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Summer programs may be sparse in local public schools. But other programs will keep kids learning over summer break, inside and outside the schools. School District 51 de-funded summer extended learning last year as part of $13.6 million in ...


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A former governor’s view: Vanderhoof likes current officeholder

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Now more than 90 years into watching the world from a rare vantage point, former Colorado Gov. John Vanderhoof, of Grand Junction, said he has a fondness for the current holder of the office. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, called ...


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Romney mines Craig crowd

By Dennis Webb

CRAIG—Emily Weber of Craig credits the high-paying coal industry for enabling her to stay at home with baby daughter Baylei Padilla while Baylei’s dad, Marcus Padilla, works at Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine in Routt ...


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