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Palisade High makes list of best high schools

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Palisade High School has been named the 40th-best high school in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report. The school-, hospital- and car-ranking publication released its 2012 list Monday of the best high schools in the United States. Palisade ...


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Smallmouth surge: Nonnative fish thrive in drought, threaten native species

By Matthew Berger

As drought conditions settle onto the Grand Valley, its human residents are not the only ones likely to feel the squeeze. As in other recent droughts, the several species of endangered fish that share our rivers, living in the water we use in ...


House revives measure for coal mine methane as power plant fuel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would allow coal mines that want to capture methane gas for resale as a power source won new life on the second-to-last day of the 2012 legislative session Tuesday. House Bill 1160 was revived when it was amended ...


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3,700-well Utah gas project OK’d

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A 10-year drilling program in Utah’s Uintah Basin could provide a needed boost to the economy on the Colorado side of the state line, industry officials said. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Tuesday approved the Greater ...


CMU considering work with online contractor

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Colorado Mesa University is considering becoming the first client of a start-up company that partners with traditional universities to expand their online degree programs. Employees of Evanston, Ill.-based Everspring Inc. hosted a ...


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Car hits school bus; one man hurt

By Amy Hamilton

Nineteen students and the driver of a First Student bus heading east on U.S. Highway 50 on Tuesday afternoon were not injured after the bus was rear-ended by a car. The driver of the car, a white Buick LaCrosse, was taken by ambulance to a ...


Four fish species to be helped on Gunnison

By Matthew Berger

A newly finalized decision on how to operate the dams on the Gunnison River above Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is expected to benefit the four endangered fish in the river, particularly during dry years like 2012. The plan, ...


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Cedaredge man accused in wife’s death

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A Cedaredge man jailed in connection with the 2010 death of his wife will wait until May 17 for a bond hearing to get out of the Delta County Jail. Billy David Kissner, who faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of ...


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University clearing lots for expansion of campus

By Amy Hamilton

For the past 62 years, the home at 825 Bunting Ave. sat sandwiched in the established neighborhood near North Avenue as trees brushed the sky and local children grew up and moved away. Now, the modest two-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot home may ...


County may file charges over junk-filled property

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Mesa County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to take legal action against a pair of landowners if they don’t clean up junk and remove unregistered vehicles from their properties near Mount Garfield by the end of next ...


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