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Mesa County jobless rate dips in February

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate dipped from 9.6 percent in January to 9.3 percent in February, according to data released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. While the county’s tally of job-holders and ...


Finalists picked for Delta 50J superintendent

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Delta County School District 50J named three finalists Friday for the district’s highest post. Twenty people applied for the position. Former superintendent Mike McMillan resigned as Delta’s superintendent in January after ...


Local insurer moves ahead on new payment structure

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Rocky Mountain Health Plans is moving ahead with plans for a different payment structure for the most expensive of cases, even as the U.S. Supreme Court considers what to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The new payment ...


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Bradford abandons re-election bid

By Charles Ashby

After repeatedly saying she would seek re-election to the Colorado Legislature, state Rep. Laura Bradford announced Thursday she is dropping out of the race for House District 54. That announcement came two days before the district’s ...


National park subject of open houses

By Staff

The committee studying whether to seek park status for Colorado National Monument has scheduled four open houses to discuss findings and seek out any additional areas that need to be explored. The first is April 10 at Redlands Middle School, ...


Mold worries follow Head Start

By Paul Shockley

An official with the regional leadership of Rocky Mountain SER Head Start said Thursday that she is awaiting results of a second round of environmental testing after finding mold that may have sickened students and possibly staff at an Orchard ...


School staff reluctant about more cuts

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More cuts were the last thing many of the 30 School District 51 staff members wanted to discuss at an employee budget forum Thursday at Fruita 8/9 School. After three years of cuts totaling $28.6 million, many in the school’s ...


Senators seek more comment time for oil, gas leases on 30,000 acres

By Staff

Colorado’s two U.S. senators are asking for an extension of the comment period on the proposed leasing of about 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley in Delta County. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., wrote to Helen Hankins, Colorado state ...


JetAway Aviation loses case against Montrose County

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Montrose County officials said they hope their victory in federal court in Denver settles a long-running dispute between Montrose Regional Airport and a company that filed the antitrust case. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch in Denver ...


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Rise in crime keeps Grand Valley law enforcement busy in 2011

By Paul Shockley

After dipping in 2010, violent crime and property crime in Grand Junction increased 23 percent in 2011, a five-year high for those categories, according to an annual report by the Grand Junction Police Department. The agency’s 2011 ...


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