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High-schoolers get head start on college work

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High school students across western Colorado are taking college courses without leaving their high school campuses. The High School Scholars program allows teachers in 17 Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel and Grand County high schools ...


Nearly a fifth of school out sick

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About 100 kids either stayed home Friday from Orchard Mesa Middle School or left the school during the day because of an illness. A stomach virus is going around the school, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. She said similar ...


D51 Foundation begins first targeted fund drive

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The School District 51 Foundation is launching its first fundraising campaign with a goal of collecting $500,000 by the end of 2012. The nearly year-old nonprofit organization has collected about $10,000 in donations for the school district ...


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School spokesman takes job in energy, won’t be replaced

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After eight and a half years as School District 51 spokesman, Jeff Kirtland will become senior communications specialist Monday for WPX Energy in Parachute. Kirtland said he left the district March 20 because he wanted to pursue a new ...


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Cycling race returns to downtown GJ

By Amy Hamilton

The sound comes on like a swarm of bees at first. It starts with the distinctive hum of dozens of finely tuned, airy, light, wheels spinning fast. In seconds, the cyclists appear, decked out in a peacock range of colors as they jockey for ...


Colorado adults ace health rankings

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Colorado adults can be proud of their scores on the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card. Their children have less to boast about. The Centennial State ranked first in the nation last year for lowest portion of obese adults and highest portion ...


Feds to work with Colorado on roadless measures

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The U.S.  Forest Service will work with Colorado officials to craft a state-specific roadless rule, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday. “We will continue to work with Colorado on its own roadless rule” similar to ...


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Fans of novel hunger for taste of dark movie

By Rachel Sauer

OK, maybe it wasn’t exactly like being shoved into an arena with 23 other children in a fight to the death, but still: Sitting outside at 4 a.m. in the cold and dark? That’s rough. So, Tiria Griffith, 19, and her dog, Shema, ...


Trooper’s trial delayed

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley granted a request Wednesday to delay the trial of a Colorado State Patrol trooper charged in the 2010 death of Redlands resident Jason Kemp. State Patrol Cpl. Kirk Firko, who was scheduled for trial starting ...


New single-track trail opens

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Starting Saturday, a new, one-mile, single-track trail opens in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. A ceremony for the new Mack Ridge Connector will be at 10 a.m. It replaces a two-track section of trail and allows users to ...


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