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Campfire likely cause of wildfire near Meeker

By Dennis Webb

An abandoned campfire has been blamed for a wildfire north of New Castle that has burned more than 200 acres. The Middle Elk Fire started Thursday in the Hiner Spring area and forced the evacuation of the popular Meadow Lake campground and ...


County wilts in third-driest year on record

By Duffy Hayes

Now just a few cool and wet days into fall, if your recollection of the past summer was one of scorching hot temperatures and unusually dry conditions, then you’re right in sync with local weather-watchers. According to Joe Ramey, the ...

County voters register in droves

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Mesa County residents are marching into county offices, filling out forms by hand and clicking away on computer screens at rates approaching those of 2008 as they prepare for the November general election. “We’re getting 100 or ...

Truck moving drill rig hits power line; 2 hurt

By Dennis Webb

A drilling rig move southwest of Rifle turned disastrous Friday when a truck struck a power line and then lost a tire that totaled a passenger car and injured the driver, after which a man reportedly was hurt trying to make repairs. Patty ...

Local transit, Greyhound might share facility on South Avenue

By Duffy Hayes

It’s been a series of fits and starts to realize a joint GVT-Greyhound bus facility, but local transit officials decided Monday to at least apply for grant funding that could see the project come to fruition in either 2014 or 2015. The ...

Delta County man dies from West Nile complications

By Paul Shockley

The death of a Delta County man last week was the third in Colorado this year linked to mosquito-borne West Nile virus, authorities said Monday. The 82-year-old man died Sept. 19 at a local nursing home and had been in and out of hospitals in ...

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Test scores improve a tad; district still under state par

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Test score growth helped School District 51 climb a tiny bit closer this year to meeting statewide expectations for academic performance and growth. The Colorado Department of Education introduced Performance Frameworks as an evaluation ...

Montrose schools slam brakes on bus bullies

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Montrose County School District bus drivers are saying no to bullies. First Student, the transportation company that provides bus service for the district, implemented an anti-bullying program this fall called NO BUS for Bullies. The idea ...

Suicide vigil

Survivors of suicide victims seek solace

By Duffy Hayes

Chester Little says people who come to the Heartbeat suicide survivor support group are there for two reasons mostly — to talk about their loss with others, and to say their loved one’s name aloud. Sunday evening, members of ...


Don’t pigeonhole these birds

By Lory Pounder

These pigeons are not the ones dragged in by the cat or picking at the garden. These pigeons are trained athletes on high-protein diets that fly up to 500 miles in a day to find their way home. “People don’t realize how important ...

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