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Don’t worry; you’re happy in Colorado, study says

By Paul Shockley

Are we happy yet? If you call yourself a Coloradan, chances are that’s the case, according to recent findings of the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. Colorado ranked fifth nationally for average well-being as measured in six ...


County budget cutting claims 6-figure victim

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Less than three months into a year featuring a 9 percent leaner budget and 30 fewer employees than it started with in 2010, Mesa County is embarking on another round of spending cuts to counter reduced revenue streams. The reductions began ...


Garfield sheriff says use of force in jail reduced

By Dennis Webb

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department has reduced its use of force in its jail and may be near settlement of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its treatment of inmates. But Sheriff Lou Vallario said reforms ...


Defendants in Valley fraud to be sentenced this fall

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Sentencing will be in October for the two defendants who reached plea agreements with prosecutors planning the trial of Valley Investments owner Philip Rand Lochmiller. Philip Rand Lochmiller II, and the elder Lochmiller’s executive ...


Uranium project moves ahead with license final

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Backers of a proposed uranium mill in Montrose County have agreed to the license conditions set by state regulators, clearing a major governmental hurdle for the project. Energy Fuels Corp., the Canadian company that plans to build the mill ...


PRIVATE SCHOOLS CLIFTON H 0

Enrollment the bottom line at private academies in valley

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Liberty Christian Academy started the school year with 14 kindergarten through seventh-grade students. Two families pulled their children out of the private school at 448 South Camp Road at the end of first semester. Seven children are all ...


Civil-unions bill gets initial approval

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It still faces a tough battle elsewhere in the Colorado Legislature, but a measure to allow gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions had little trouble getting approval in a Senate committee Monday. Though the bill’s ...


Three Western Slope residents appointed to state water panel

By Staff

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed three Western Slope residents to the Interbasin Compact Committee, which addresses statewide water issues. Altogether, the governor appoints six of the 27 members on the board. His Western Slope ...


Montrose County residential development fees waived

By Staff

The Montrose County Commission agreed Monday to suspend residential development fees for the remainder of the year, joining other local governments on the Western Slope in an effort to reduce the financial burden on residential ...


1 YR OLD CHILD DEATH WHITE

Death of infant girl investigated

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Sheriff’s investigators awaited a report from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office on the death of an infant Sunday in Clifton. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department responded at 7:30 a.m. to a report that a 1-year-old girl was ...


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