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District 51 expels 87 students in 2011-12

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District 51’s running tally of student expulsions stayed ahead of the previous year’s count throughout most of 2011-12 before finishing six expulsions behind the final 2010-11 count at 87 expulsions. A glut of last-minute ...


Cost of fighting fire near De Beque at $1.6 million

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Update 10:15 a.m. Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, advises full containment of the Pine Ridge Fire is expected to be contained by Thursday. Firefighting resources should start trickling out of De Beque in the coming days. ____________ The ...

Science Monday, July 2, 2012

By Matthew Berger

Forests, wildfires change over decades The degree of damage done to forests from wildfires has changed dramatically from earlier last century. The cyclical wildfires that have burned in the Rocky Mountains for millennia used to look much ...


Explaining the Pine Ridge Fire

By Staff

HOW WE GOT HERE After last year’s wet and wild winter encouraged vegetation growth, this winter’s anemic snowpack left that vegetation literally high and dry. This year’s winter ended with Colorado’s snowpack more ...


Evacuation lifted in De Beque

By Rachel Sauer

An evacuation order affecting people living southeast of De Beque was entirely lifted Saturday night, but Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey advised all residents to remain on evacuation alert as the Pine Ridge Fire continued burning. Hilkey ...

Shuttered Glacier Ice Arena on the market

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Two years after closing The Glacier Ice Arena, the owners of the ice rink are putting the building up for sale in the hope that a buyer will be able to revive it as an ice rink. Owners Alan and Robbie Koos took the maker of the faulty ...


Avalon Ambition

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There’s no record of Drew Barrymore having visited Grand Junction, but her great-aunt, Ethel Barrymore, lit up the stage of the Avalon Theatre downtown back when the Avalon was on a national entertainment circuit and Ethel was the Meryl ...


70 shave heads for cancer research

By Rachel Sauer

As curl after dark-brown curl drifted to the floor, Robyn Carmine thought about her brother. As one long, gray braid went and then another, Harriet Carmine thought about her son. “Losing hair is nothing,” Paul Miller told the ...

Pilot survives crash in GarCo

By Staff

Members of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. located a downed small aircraft at 6:45 p.m. Saturday on the Jess Weaver Trail above No Name Creek trail head near Glenwood Springs, according ...

Delta latest to nix fireworks

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The Delta Fire Department is joining a long list of Western Slope communities and organizations canceling their holiday fireworks displays because of the drought and extreme wildfire danger. Jason Cooley, station manager with the Fire ...

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