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Preschool’s goal: improving lives of children, families

By Dennis Webb

As Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia starts a statewide tour to seek out effective approaches to early-childhood literacy, he might do well to consider what’s happening at a public preschool and kindergarten in Parachute. Actually, it’s more ...


Drilling industry in Colorado hopes voluntary testing will ease groundwater fears

By Dennis Webb

Colorado oil and gas companies are preparing for a Nov. 1 rollout of the nation’s first statewide voluntary groundwater monitoring program for their industry. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association is launching a baseline testing program ...


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Fate of shop in Palisade in voters’ hands

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The battle over whether the last remaining medical marijuana center in Mesa County should remain open or be shuttered focuses on an office that looks as though its employees could be signing off on home mortgages or selling iced ...


Medical marijuana card carrier appreciates dispensary

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Julie Bondurant let the medical marijuana card application sit around for almost two years before she submitted it to the state. She wasn’t sure she wanted to incorporate cannabis into her lineup of medicine or wrestle with the stigma ...


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GJEP moves interim director into top post

By Charles Ashby

Kelly Flenniken no longer will be the interim executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. Instead, she will be the executive director of the group. Flenniken, who’s worked at the partnership as its business ...


State workers see threat to leave-time cash

By Charles Ashby

State workers are circling the wagons in an attempt to protect a benefit that allows them to get paid for unused sick time. Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, said she is looking into introducing a measure when the Colorado Legislature convenes ...


Traffic Alert, Oct. 16, 2011

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: 12th Street median work: Night work begins Monday to install medians and a new crosswalk on 12th Street between Elm and Mesa avenues. On Monday, Xcel Energy will be doing ...


Montrose trash service could cost more

By Staff

MONTROSE — Sanitation customers in Montrose could face higher rates next year once the city’s trash service becomes privatized, according to City Manager Bill Bell. Bell said the city is issuing requests for information to move ...


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80-degree temps match records in ‘77, ‘58, ‘50

By Amy Hamilton

Getting a sunburn in October? Saturday’s 80-degree temperature at 3:03 p.m. was this month’s single warmest day and matched record warm days also reached in 1977, 1958 and 1950. The average daytime high for this time of year tops ...


Waivers won’t hurt accountability, says state education board official

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State Board of Education member Marcia Neal of Grand Junction believes Colorado’s intention to apply for a waiver to No Child Left Behind requirements will leave the state more, not less, accountable for student performance. The ...


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