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Challenge: Identify ways to slash budget

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Senate President Brandon Shaffer issued standing orders to his committee chairs Monday: Come up with other ways to cut the budget so the state won’t have to slash K–12 education by $375 million. The Longmont ...

Avalanche kills man, 19, from Meeker

By Dennis Webb

Searchers on Monday afternoon found the body of a 19-year-old from Meeker who was caught in a large avalanche Sunday while snowmobiling on Sand Peak in the Routt National Forest. A search dog from the Summit County Search and Rescue team ...

Senate OKs proposal to limit ballot measures

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Debate on a proposed ballot question to make it harder to alter the Colorado Constitution is headed to the House after the Senate gave its final nod to the idea Monday. On a bipartisan vote, the Senate approved the measure that ...

Voter photo ID bill assailed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — House Republicans gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill requiring voters to show a photo identification card when casting their ballots, prompting Democrats to ask, Why? Republicans didn’t say they intended the bill ...

Mountain College to raise its tuition 9 percent by summer

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Mountain College is raising tuition 9 percent in response to declines in property tax revenues and state funding. The college’s board on Monday voted unanimously in favor of the tuition hikes, which take effect this ...

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Suspect caught near Mack; 2nd man sought in Fruita robbery

By Amy Hamilton

Residents of the sagebrush-covered hills north of Mack were advised to lock their doors and keep their eyes peeled for a Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing dark clothing, after police arrested his suspected accomplice in two vehicle thefts and ...

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Killing suspect back on U.S. soil

By Amy Hamilton

A professional poker player accused of killing his wife in Grand Junction in 1997, has been extradited to the United States on murder charges and is being detained in the Garfield County Jail. According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s ...

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Gas prices in valley highest in two years

By Amy Hamilton

For the first time in two years, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has topped the $3 mark around the Grand Valley. That creep is causing Pete Tait, owner of Domino’s Pizza, 904 North Ave., to keep a close eye on gas station ...

Man’s sanity still argued in 2003 stabbing case

By Paul Shockley

A judge last week ordered a second sanity evaluation for a Grand Junction man who was convicted in 2006 of stabbing another man 27 times in 2003. Troy D. Mondragon, 46, has been the subject of roughly a dozen mental-health evaluations ...

7 principals’ pay hiked to market rate, District 51 says

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Seven elementary school principals in School District 51 received raises at the start of 2011 in what the district calls an effort to provide competitive pay. The raises, which amounted to $1,320 to $2,654 a year for each affected ...

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