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Biking fans get a lift

By Dennis Webb

SNOWMASS VILLAGE — If you’re a mountain biker who feels as if you spend too much time climbing up hills, and not enough time speeding down them, it might be time to pay a visit to Snowmass resort. The mountain known for its skiing ...


Financial aid dips as enrollment increases

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Mesa State College students may notice some changes to their financial aid packages this year. Some of those changes may be in their favor. Some will not. This is the first year flexibility provided by 2010’s Senate Bill 3 will allow ...


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Children, adults explore relics from primordial depths

By Rachel Sauer

Say you’re a Tyrannosaurus rex, and you wake up one morning feeling special. Extra special, in fact; very much the tyrant lizard. It’s Dinosaur Day, you decide. And really, who’s going to tell you no? A triceratops? ...


Forecaster: Expect more wet stuff this week

By Staff

Thanks to an uncommonly wet July, the summer blahs have yet to really strangle the petunias and sear the grass that miserable, crispy beige. July’s precipitation through Friday was 1.64 inches, 1.04 inches above average, said Dennis ...


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Fest keeps homegrown music alive in Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Hot sunny skies sent music fans seeking shade during their musical refuge Saturday afternoon at the second annual Montrose Musicians Day festival. The festival on the grounds of the Montrose Elks Lodge originally was called ...


Insurer sees guaranteed health coverage without mandate

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It could be in the fight over one particularly vexing aspect of the health care debate that the children will lead the parties to a resolution. Or more precisely, children’s health insurance. Using some lessons drawn from that insurance ...


Lochmiller could be free awhile after guilty verdict

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Philip Rand Lochmiller, found guilty July 22 on 31 counts of fraud and conspiracy charges and facing a 405-year sentence, might very well remain free through 2011 and beyond. Former FBI Special Agent Jane Quimby, who retired this year and ...


Lawsuit contests school funding

By Charles Ashby

The way Colorado funds public schools is unconstitutional, or so a group that is suing the state hopes to prove in a lawsuit that goes to trial Monday. Filed on behalf of numerous parents whose children attend public schools in the state, the ...


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Neighbors want homeless to find new place to park

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s quaint and shady downtown oasis, Hawthorne Park, used to be the favorite for a local moms group to take their children. It fit all of the kid-friendly criteria: Lots of shade, bathrooms close to the playground, and ...


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Pageant winner hopes to help children by donating books for Fruita giveaway

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Chloe Brown’s eyes sparkle, accenting the jewels adorning her head, as she talks about winning the National American Miss Junior Teen Colorado pageant. Brown, 16, of Fruita, was crowned Miss Colorado Junior Teen last month at the ...


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