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Library looks at facility expansion

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Unwilling to ask voters for a tax increase for new construction and unable to generate any momentum thus far on the redevelopment of several blocks of the northern end of downtown Grand Junction, Mesa County Public Library District officials ...


State deriving little benefit from trust lands

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State officials are optimistic they will get the last slivers of school trust lands owed the state for more than a century. They have little reason, however, to think any of those slivers will be in western Colorado’s energy-rich lands ...


090511 Ice rink

Outdoor ice rink planned for GJ

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A local ice hockey group plans to open an outdoor ice rink Nov. 1 in an alley behind North Avenue. The rink would be used for practices for the four age groups involved in Grand Valley Youth Hockey, plus the Colorado Mesa University ...


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Soup kitchen gets solar panel donation

By Amy Hamilton

A local company opted to shine a light on a local nonprofit organization. Solar panels that were installed over the long weekend at the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach should save the soup kitchen and the charity group’s operations up to ...


GarCo districts ask voters’ help with school cuts

By Dennis Webb

Voters in three Garfield County school districts will be asked this fall to approve tax measures aimed at making up for deep budget cuts in recent years. The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District in Glenwood Springs is seeking a $4.8 million mill ...


072411 Natural Soda plant 2

High demand for baking soda drives company’s sales

By Dennis Webb

It fluffs up waffles, settles cattle’s stomachs and even was used to help spruce up the city of Dallas in preparation for this year’s Super Bowl. Baking soda being solution-mined by Natural Soda Inc. from naturally occurring ...


Emotions high over incursion of rodents

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Faced with incursions of small, furry rodents, Telluride has chosen to stay a dogged path in dealing with the creatures. Residents of the small, mountain town that is perhaps best known for its ski resort and music festivals noticed this ...


Statistics reveal work force that’s diverse as we honor laborers

By Charles Ashby

While the nation’s unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent, there are more than 153 million Americans in the nation’s labor force. And the U.S. Census Bureau says that’s who we are celebrating as workers take the day off to ...


083111 Sera School

Private sector music curriculum a hit with public school students

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Grand Junction-based music- tutoring program Sera Schools has expanded to the Front Range and will enter the Montrose market later this month. Sera Schools co-founder Brita Ford-Fay, who runs the business with her husband, John, employs music ...


Court: Vehicle not always deadly weapon

By Paul Shockley

Vehicles involved in serious injury crashes can’t always be considered a deadly weapon under state law, the Colorado Court of Appeals said in a published opinion. The Court of Appeals announced Aug. 25 that it will not review its own ...


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