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200 respond to survey about schools’ budget

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School District 51 has received nearly 200 responses since it posted a 2012–13 budget survey Wednesday on its website. The survey will be available online through March 30 at D51schools.org. Results will be reported to the District 51 ...

Encana: Piceance wells still profitable

By Dennis Webb

Price-driven plans by Encana Corp. to cut overall natural gas development should not dramatically impact local drilling levels, a spokesman for the Canadian-based company’s U.S. subsidiary said Monday.  Doug Hock, with Encana Oil ...

Senator delivers noteworthy, quoteworthy quips

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Wyoming Republican Alan Simpson served three terms in the U.S. Senate, earning a reputation for speaking directly and colorfully. Here’s a selection of comments he made during several stops in and around Colorado Mesa University on ...


Senator: People want truth

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Americans are growing closer to dealing with the nation’s debt and the host of problems that it portends, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., told nearly 500 people Monday at Colorado Mesa University. “People are thirsting for ...


Simpson tells youthful crowd they’re getting stuck with bill

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Eighty-year-old Alan Simpson looked 20-somethings and their younger college brethren in the eye Monday, and gave them the facts as unvarnished as he could. “You are the stickees,” Simpson said, “and we are the ...

Sen. Alan Simpson at CMU

By Christopher Tomlinson


Mild weather draws golfers to Grand Valley, area courses

By Amy Hamilton

Despite the acres of browned grass, Tony Perry of Grand Junction couldn’t have been happier, soaking up the sunbeams while finishing a round of golf during a recent afternoon at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. Perry, who ...

GJPD bomb unit blows up ‘suspicious’ package

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Grand Junction police officers and the department’s bomb unit responded to a report of a suspicious package Sunday morning outside Rio Grande Federal Credit Union. A passer-by spotted a brown package at 9:30 a.m. Sunday outside the ...


Family, friends of ‘the Capitol dog’ prepare to face life without him

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A lump swells in her throat whenever Cynthia Hossinger Coffman thinks about her dog, Buckley. That’s because the chief deputy attorney general and wife of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman recently learned the 10-year-old golden ...

Grand jury seated in Mesa County

By Paul Shockley

A standing grand jury, empaneled quietly last week at the Mesa County Justice Center, is “likely” to be given work in the form of investigations during 2012, Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said. The DA did not ...

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