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Cedaredge fire hero appears on ‘Today Show’

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It was quite a weekend for J.D. TenNapel. The 15-year-old soon-to-be Montrose High School student rushed on an ATV to warn neighbors Friday afternoon as a fire erupted in his Timothy Road neighborhood in Cedaredge. The blaze took out a barn ...


Repair budget cut this summer for School District 51

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District 51 maintenance crews will complete about $840,000 worth of projects this summer. Most of the district’s maintenance and operations projects are performed during the summer when schools are empty, allowing crews to work on ...


CMU begins building-fund push

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Colorado Mesa University officials are lining up Grand Valley organizations to support the university’s request for money from Mesa County and Grand Junction to build a new classroom building. City and county officials, meanwhile, said ...


R-5 to apply for dropout prevention grant

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R-5 High School is applying for up to $2.9 million in grant funding to help students stay in school and prepare for life after earning a high school diploma. The Colorado Department of Education invited R-5 and other alternative and ...


Same-sex rights divide White, Baumgardner

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ­— The two Republicans seeking to represent District 8 in the state Senate espoused similar conservative views on a number of issues, but differed sharply on Colorado’s civil unions debate. “I do ...


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Civil unions may define state races

By Charles Ashby

Opposition to allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions is rooted in bigotry, gays and lesbians say. It’s no different than long-ago arguments against interracial marriage, suffrage for women or equal rights for minorities, ...


Science Monday, June 11, 2012

By Matthew Berger

Local ecosystems may hint at global shift, report says The global ecosystem may be headed for a tipping point, possibly in the next 50 to 100 years, reported a group of scientists in the journal Nature this week. Local ecosystems “are ...


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Cherries, apricots, peaches all ripening 2-3 weeks early

By Matthew Berger

Cherries have arrived at Grand Valley fruit stands two to three weeks early this spring, a trend that growers expect to continue throughout the summer with everything from apricots to tomatoes to peaches. Though many are calling this crop a ...


Council unease rose over White Hall

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members agreed the city should take over the deed on the burned-out White Hall after considering that the structure had not been covered by fire insurance and that suing its owner for demolition costs would be ...


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Teen hops on ATV to help Cedaredge neighbors

By Paul Shockley

Cross a teenage Evel Knievel with Tim Tebow and you have J.D. TenNapel. The 15-year-old high-school quarterback in waiting on Friday rode through flames in a frantic effort to warn others of danger, then phoned from his hospital bed concerned ...


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