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Classes to help invitees ‘Explore D51’

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School District 51 will launch an invite-only suite of classes this year designed to teach community members how the district operates. The district invited 45 people to join the classes, which will begin Sept. 13 and run once a month through ...


Painted furniture raises funds for symphony

By Melinda Mawdsley

Those in the market for a one-of-a-kind piece of functional furniture with a flair get their chance to shop in an upcoming exhibit that serves as both fun and fundraiser. For the next several months, people can place silent auction bids on ...


CMU body farm back on track with new director

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Melissa Connor’s neighbors were never at a loss for conversation topics at dinner parties. They could always bring up the latest news on Connor’s on-going class project, burying pigs on her five-acre property outside Lincoln, ...

Drilling suit lawyer tried
 to stop harm beforehand

By Dennis Webb

A high-profile New York City attorney who helped Battlement Mesa residents sue over proposed oil and gas developments said he’s not surprised a judge dismissed the legal action, but it was important to have pursued it. “We knew ...


Storied Fruita police dog Anno dies at 13

By Paul Shockley

Anno lived a life of notable firsts. He was likely the first police-trained dog to grab headlines on the streets of Denver for reasons unrelated to law enforcement work. On his first day on the job at the Fruita Police Department in 2001, ...

2 sites in Montrose County may be approved for future reservoirs

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The possibility of economic development in the West End of Montrose County has officials scrambling to find ways to store water in the arid region. The effort, however, is running into opposition from an environmental organization that also ...


If you play your cards right, you can see all 50 states

By Melinda Mawdsley

Card games in western Colorado may have gotten more interesting. Instead of shuffling and playing with a relatively blank deck of minimal patterns and monochromatic colors, locals can now purchase a complete deck of cards featuring 54 artists ...

Watchdogs or wingnuts? Conspiracy theorists distrust U.N.

By Charles Ashby

This isn’t your father’s conspiracy theory. The idea that the United Nations wants to create a world government is no longer some obscure conspiracy shared by a few John Birch Society members. In recent years the concern has ...

D51 homeless program seeing fewer students

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School District 51 identified fewer students as homeless this year, leading to changes in the district’s homeless student outreach program. All U.S. school districts are required by federal law to set aside some funding to help homeless ...


Veterans see memorial to war, Honor Flights

By Rachel Sauer

When the flag passed by, the old soldiers stood. Some, with baseball caps held over their hearts. Some, at attention. Herb High — honorably discharged these 67 years — saluted. His right shoulder, after 90 years of use, is wearing ...

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