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Man’s sanity still argued in 2003 stabbing case

By Paul Shockley

A judge last week ordered a second sanity evaluation for a Grand Junction man who was convicted in 2006 of stabbing another man 27 times in 2003. Troy D. Mondragon, 46, has been the subject of roughly a dozen mental-health evaluations ...

7 principals’ pay hiked to market rate, District 51 says

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Seven elementary school principals in School District 51 received raises at the start of 2011 in what the district calls an effort to provide competitive pay. The raises, which amounted to $1,320 to $2,654 a year for each affected ...

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Serviceman’s dogs in hands of Glenwood foster family

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

While William Sweringen of the Army Corps of Engineers   has been sweating under the Iraqi sun, his dogs Kira and Dakota have been living it up in fresh powder and Colorado sunshine. For the past 11 months, the dogs have had a home at ...

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Mesa Partners model translates well into Georgian, with a couple of tweaks

By Amy Hamilton

Plenty of issues could arise when attempting to start a volunteer program halfway around the world, not the least of those being semantics, Joe Higgins, director of Partners of Mesa County learned. Higgins returned recently from a trip to ...

Heating aid, student grants in budget arena

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President Obama’s budget submission contains several provisions that directly would affect western Colorado, including wintertime heating bills, energy exploration in the Piceance Basin and attendance at Mesa State College. Exactly how ...

Mount Garfield opens school for extra hours

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Mount Garfield Middle School is open an additional 15 hours a week to give students extra opportunities to receive tutoring or join a number of clubs. The added hours, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, ...

Legislature This Week, Feb. 21, 2011

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Republicans continue to introduce measures that would undo some of the things Democrats have approved in recent years. Today: The House Local Government Committee will look at a bill from Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, to allow local ...

Program chief makes sure nobody sits on the bench

By Amy Hamilton

A Mesa County’s woman dedication to ensuring that everyone gets a chance to play baseball was honored last week as the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year. Carma Brown, director of the Challenger Program, which allows children with ...

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Library use up, but revenue reductions on horizon

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Lugging around an armful of children’s books and DVDs, Jolene Osorio couldn’t help but be impressed by her first visit to the Mesa County central library. A play area for kids whose attention span may not last the duration of the ...

State jobs, K-12 are sore points in budget

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The bombshell amid the hoopla over Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget cuts — slashing funding for public schools by $375 million — may fizzle in the hands of lawmakers. At least, it will for those who ...

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