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District 51 board looks at deep cuts

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The School District 51 board has been presented a 2011-12 budget that includes $13.6 million in cuts and a reduction of the equivalent of 186.2 full-time jobs. Cuts reviewed by the school board Tuesday evening include the elimination of 116 ...


Parents sue troopers in Kemp death

By Paul Shockley

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Denver federal court alleges “recklessly deficient” training for Colorado State Patrol troopers was a factor in the shooting death of a man at a Redlands home last year. The American Civil Liberties ...

Domain flap not cut and dried, legal expert says

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A Mesa State College student who bought three domain names for Colorado Mesa University could keep them despite the college’s desires to obtain them, an intellectual-property law expert said. Justin Kolenc, a U.S. Navy veteran and ...


Big losses turn into bigger win

By Daniel Humphries

Shock and disbelief washed over Warren Austin at the announcement. Seconds later, a grin splashed across his face. “I was blown away. It was amazing,” the 44-year-old said after it was announced Tuesday night that he was the ...

Injured hiker rescued from Bangs Canyon

By Paul Shockley

A hiker who was injured early Tuesday night in Bangs Canyon was carried to safety in an operation involving at least two dozen emergency responders. Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said a woman who had been hiking ...

Delegates: Natural gas can be boost to economy

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The federal government could play a role in increasing the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, two members of Congress said. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said natural gas can play a larger role ...

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Ruling writes off plagiarism scandal

By Charles Ashby

Questions still circulate about the plagiarism scandal involving one-time gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, even though the Colorado Supreme Court office that investigates attorney misconduct has declined to pursue a case against ...

Bobby’s Bash misses fairgrounds deposit deadline

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The proprietor of a free country music festival scheduled to be held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds next month failed to make two required payments totaling $175,000 by Monday’s deadline. Donna Ross, acting regional services director, ...

Tipton seeks House support in blasting Obama’s stance on Israel

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is asking other representatives to sign on to a letter chiding President Barack Obama for urging Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. The letter tells the president, “We are extremely disappointed ...

Officer has left Sheriff’s Department after citation

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County deputy on paid leave after an alcohol-related traffic stop is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department, spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Monday. The department did not specify whether Scott Smith, 39, was fired or ...

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