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School meal fees will stay the same

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Food will cost School District 51 more next year, but parents and students won’t pay the difference with a meal-price increase. School breakfast prices will remain at $1.25 for elementary students and $1.35 for middle and high school ...


Tipton opponent Pace stresses common sense

By Paul Shockley

Economic growth and oil and gas development were on the minds of most people who attended a forum Saturday in Grand Junction hosted by Pueblo Democrat Rep. Sal Pace, who said he will be a frequent visitor over the next 18 months in his bid for ...


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GJ companies send fracking crews to sites across country

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More than a dozen worn-out drillers stepped out of the Beechcraft 1900 airliner onto the tarmac in Grand Junction after as many as five sweltering weeks of drilling for natural gas in Texas. As soon as the Texas crew cleared out, another crew ...


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Airline to oil fields sees crimp in business with new security fence

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The security fence being built around the general-aviation section of Grand Junction Regional Airport will hamper Colorado Airlines’ business delivering crews to hydraulic-fracturing sites around the country, the owner said. Even though ...


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UPDATE: Boy, 17, dies in pond

By Paul Shockley

The teenage victim of Saturday’s accidental drowning on an East Orchard Mesa pond was identified today. Gabriel “Gabe” C. Hellmann, 17, of Palisade, drowned after he reportedly jumped into a private pond just west of 499 34 ...


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Second cab company rolls into city

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Grand Junction has been a one-taxi-company town for 20 years. That changed eight days ago when K2 Taxi started taking passengers. It took K2 Operations Manager Kevan Kohlman three years to open the Grand Valley’s first competitor to ...


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Jobless rate changes little over last year

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Grand Junction’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point year-over-year this May, reaching 9.9 percent. The local unemployment rate was little changed month-to-month as well, increasing ...


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Judge lowers bond for abuse suspect who is pregnant

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley reduced bond Friday for a Clifton woman suspected of abusing a 9-year-old girl. Dianeth Pittman, 39, was ordered jailed on $100,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail, where she has been in custody since her arrest May ...


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Security tight as escape case heads to trial

By Paul Shockley

In a courtroom closed to the general public, District Judge Richard Gurley on Friday ordered a Clifton man accused of escape from the Mesa County Jail to stand trial next week. This, after a last-minute defense bid to sink the case. Jury ...


Runoff huge, but won’t solve drought thirst

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Water managers will capture much of this year’s high runoff, filling most of the reservoirs in the upper Colorado River Basin and splashing much needed water into Lake Mead. The runoff, though, won’t resolve the long-lasting ...


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