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Paonia finance officer resigns amid probe

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A Paonia town official resigned and is under criminal investigation in connection with allegations she stole money from the town. Finance Officer Kristin Chesnik resigned Wednesday, Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman told The Daily ...

Invocation policy draws attention

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The underpinnings of the Grand Junction City Council’s invocation policy were cut down last week when the U.S. Supreme Court left undisturbed a lower-court ruling invalidating a similar policy in North Carolina, a Grand Junction man ...

Panel advances lower tuition for illegal aliens

By Charles Ashby

A measure to grant lower college tuition to the children of undocumented residents turned into a partisan battle Thursday over the entire illegal immigration issue. The Democrat-controlled Senate Education Committee approved the measure on a ...

Gardens get a little help from a friend

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The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, which has struggled financially for several years, is receiving some assistance from a fellow nonprofit organization and could enter into a long-term operational partnership with that agency. The ...


Shelter outgrows its building

By Amy Hamilton

Every night and morning, guests replay a familiar game to jockey for space at the Homeward Bound homeless shelter. Because there aren’t enough bunks to house everyone, mattresses and bedding are pulled out for people to spread out on ...


Home-food business bills find favor in first hearings

By Charles Ashby

Committees in the Colorado House and Senate on Thursday simultaneously heard two bills introduced by local lawmakers designed to help Coloradans create their own home-food businesses. While the House Economic & Business Development ...

District 50 refinances bonds

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Plateau Valley School District 50 plans to pay off a series of 2004 bonds as soon as 2018 following a refinancing of the bonds this week. Plateau Valley’s School Board voted Jan. 18 to allow the district to refinance the bonds, which ...

Feds, police arrest suspect in four Arizona robberies

By Paul Shockley

A man suspected of robbing four banks in Arizona during recent weeks was arrested Wednesday at a Horizon Drive hotel. John Wilson, 33, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Super 8 Hotel, 728 Horizon Drive, ...

Tipton vulnerable in House race, Democratic poll claims

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is one of several Republicans vulnerable in this year’s elections, a Democratic-paid poll showed Wednesday. The poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, which was paid for by the left-leaning House Majority PAC, ...

Bill would alter way counties vote for boards

By Charles Ashby

Most of Colorado’s counties would be able to hold commissioner elections by district rather than countywide under a bill that won approval in a House committee Wednesday. Current law requires commissioners in less-populated counties to ...

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