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King’s driving-while-high bill among the casualties

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The final day of the 2012 session Wednesday was more unusual than previous years. That’s because lawmakers in the Colorado Legislature were scrambling to repair as much damage as they could in resurrecting about 30 bills ...


Vision school board president resigns

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The Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program Board of Stewards has many changes to consider over the next few months. Following the resignation this week of the board’s president, Kim Howard, one of the most pressing changes will ...


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Job of relocating coaster to Glenwood filled with twists, turns

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—If you’re ever looking to buy and erect a used, Italian-made Windstorm roller coaster, the first thing you might want to do is find Allan Litts. Oh, and remind him to pack his photo album when he comes to ...


72% of D51 third-graders score proficient or more on reading test

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Seventy-two percent of School District 51 third-graders scored proficient or better on Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading tests this year, falling short of the state average of 74 percent. The state average improved by a ...


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Speaker: Exploit natural gas now

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Western Colorado should seize what appears to be a momentary chance to export natural gas from the Piceance Basin to international markets, an industry expert said Wednesday. “I see a window of opportunity of maybe 10 years, but we have ...


Family of victim becomes benefactor for posse

By Paul Shockley

When Paul Gottlieb and his Montrose Sheriff’s Posse volunteers went to find the body nearly a decade ago, nobody cared about financial implications. Today, they’re counted in six figures. “We about fell over in our ...


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Patrolman in fatal shooting back on payroll

By Paul Shockley

A Colorado State Patrol trooper cleared of criminal acts, but still facing a federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with the July 2010 shooting death of Jason Kemp, is back on the state’s payroll, the State Patrol said ...


Time runs out at Capitol for civil unions bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Not long after the Colorado House approved a resolution Tuesday calling for civility in the Legislature, all civility went out the window over a bill to create civil unions for same-sex couples. Although there were enough votes ...


Palisade High makes list of best high schools

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Palisade High School has been named the 40th-best high school in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report. The school-, hospital- and car-ranking publication released its 2012 list Monday of the best high schools in the United States. Palisade ...


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Smallmouth surge: Nonnative fish thrive in drought, threaten native species

By Matthew Berger

As drought conditions settle onto the Grand Valley, its human residents are not the only ones likely to feel the squeeze. As in other recent droughts, the several species of endangered fish that share our rivers, living in the water we use in ...


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