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‘American Idol’ auditions slated at Canyon View

By Melinda Mawdsley

Auditions for the hit TV show “American Idol” are Monday at Canyon View Park near the Gunnison Shelter. Look for the big, blue tour bus if you get lost, Grand Junction city spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said. The Grand Junction stop ...


Man fires handgun at intruders

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man fired a handgun at one or possibly two people who entered his home in the pre-dawn hours Thursday before the alleged intruders ran away, Grand Junction police said. Officers responded to 1330 N. 24th St. around 3 a.m. ...


Phoenix firm wants to take over fixed-base operation at Montrose airport

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A Phoenix-based fixed-base operator is asking to take over lands set aside for general aviation at Montrose Regional Airport. Cutter Aviation wrote the Montrose County Commission on Aug. 10 seeking to begin negotiations for a fixed-base ...


Revise Piceance plan, Wilderness Society says

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The Bureau of Land Management should ditch plans to allow drilling of 15,000 wells in the Piceance Basin over the next 20 years and rework the environmental document, an environmental organization said. The bureau is seeking comments on the ...


School board looks for money-saving ideas

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District 51 school board members brainstormed ideas for saving money, expanding alternative options and revamping social studies Thursday evening during a three-hour retreat at the district’s Basil T. Knight Center. Most of the ...


ACT scores up in district, state

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School District 51 students who took the ACT test in April as juniors mustered an average score three-tenths of a point higher than the class ahead of them. In spring 2012, District 51 students averaged a 19.5 out of a possible 36 points on ...


Palisade wins S&P’s top credit rating

By Duffy Hayes

Even with new and tighter controls nationwide concerning lending, the town of Palisade has earned the distinction of being a solid candidate for credit in the eyes of at least one ratings agency. The town learned Thursday it had secured an A ...


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Riverfront Trail expands, at cost of $1.44 million

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Another pearl was officially added to the string Thursday morning when Mesa County and Grand Junction officials cut the ribbon on the newest section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The additional three-mile track begins at the Blue Heron ...


State treasurer to speak in Junction

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Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton will speak to a crowd of central Western Slope school boards Oct. 1 in Grand Junction. School District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz said Stapleton has been invited to speak here at the request of ...


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Scenic top in state in elementary reading growth

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Scenic Elementary School had the most growth among all elementary schools in Colorado in year-over-year individual Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading test scores this year. The state tracks growth in student achievement on TCAP ...


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