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Advice for new year: Live each day to fullest

By Amy Hamilton

Most residents of The Commons couldn’t tear themselves away New Year’s Eve from the crooning of the Frank Sinatra impersonator, Randy Fosburgh, as they sang along and tapped their feet. “I want you to know I’ve danced ...

Local BLM officials determining impact of sage-grouse policy

By Dennis Webb

Bureau of Land Management officials at the local and state level are working to determine how to follow new national direction from the agency about protecting the greater sage grouse and its sagebrush habitat. The internal guidance the ...

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Third fire station opens on Montrose’s west end

By Amy Hamilton

The Montrose Fire Protection District begins the new year with a new fire station, its third, on the city’s west end. Staff at Station 3 at 62840 Spring Creek Road are projected to respond to more than 700 incidents per year and reduce ...


Bike-race rejection darkened final days for Anzelmo

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Dealing with the reaction to her rejection of a leg of a professional cycling race across Colorado National Monument was “the hardest set of experiences” of Joan Anzelmo’s 35-year National Park Service career. Anzelmo, who ...

Biz owners: Cut benefits to keep fund solvent

By Staff

A new poll suggests Colorado small business owners are mostly in favor of labor-union reforms and reducing unemployment benefits if the state’s unemployment fund nears bankruptcy. The Colorado chapter of the National Federation of ...

Energy-saving grant program to be extended

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A program that provides matching grants to help local small businesses make energy-saving improvements will be extended through the end of February. The Greenback$ program was scheduled to end at the close of 2011, but it received a two-month ...

Lines linger at county DMV; webcams can help

By Paul Shockley

Work online, not in line. That was the message repeated Friday by Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner, with lines reportedly causing wait times approaching one hour in the lobbies of some county motor-vehicle ...

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No. 2 story of 2011: North Avenue shooting a gang-related crime

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Jorge Carrasco was a small-in-stature-but-big-in-heart mixed-martial-arts fighter who friends said they never saw smoke or drink, who shook everyone’s hands at the end of practices. But eating outside the North Avenue Taco Bell with two ...

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No. 4 story of 2011: Palisade voters keep pot dispensary

By Amy Hamilton

In a rare move among cities around Colorado, Palisade voters allowed Mesa County’s lone medical marijuana center to keep its doors open. Colorado Alternative Healthcare, 125 Peach Ave., owned by Jesse and Desa Loughman, was the only ...

No. 3 story of 2011: Mesa State upgrades to university status

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After 23 years as Mesa State College, the school officially became Colorado Mesa University on Aug. 10. The idea of seeking university status had been bandied about for years but became a serious topic in spring 2010, when the school’s ...

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