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Patrol led on 100-mph interstate chase

By Paul Shockley

An alleged drunk driver was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after a pursuit led by the Colorado State Patrol topped 100 mph on Interstate 70. Michelle Phegley, 49, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, eluding, ...

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Two groups chastise Garfield sheriff

By Charles Ashby

Two civil rights groups are calling on Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario to stop referring domestic abuse victims he suspects of being in the nation illegally to federal immigration officials. The American Civil Liberties Union of ...


Vet clinic employee accused of drug theft

By Paul Shockley

An employee at a Redlands veterinary clinic is accused of stealing narcotics on the job which she sold for profit, according to an arrest affidavit. Jacinta J. Goad, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three counts of distribution of a ...


Scenic supporters celebrate school being open another year

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Today could have been the last day of school forever for Scenic Elementary. Closing the school or one of a handful of other School District 51 buildings was first discussed nearly a year ago as a potential way to save $1.2 million. District ...

Lunch prices going up for district schools

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School District 51 elementary school lunches will cost $2.35 beginning this fall, up from the current price of $2. The Federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools that receive federal reimbursements for free or reduced-price ...

Palisade starting work on its new fire station today

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The town of Palisade will break ground today on its long-awaited fire station, a project that will be part-new construction, part-remodel and marks the next phase of a redevelopment of the old Palisade High School. Town trustees agreed ...

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More highway detours on 6&50

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Traffic through the cone zone of U.S. Highway 6&50 is about to be thrown for a loop. Or at least a detour. The intersection of the highway and 25 Road will close for three weeks at 8 p.m. Tuesday, shunting traffic away from the center of ...

Court arguments focus on process behind Roan leasing

By Dennis Webb

DENVER—A federal judge Tuesday drilled down into some core legal questions surrounding the Bureau of Land Management’s 2008 leasing of 55,000 acres on the Roan Plateau for oil and gas development. Judge Marcia Krieger of the U.S. ...

Early fire ban enacted

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In one of their earliest-ever moves aimed at preventing destructive blazes, Mesa County and federal authorities on Tuesday announced a ban on fires on public lands and urged residents to be cautious elsewhere with fire. The ban, which goes ...

Patrol: Brake failure caused tanker crash

By Paul Shockley

Authorities said an investigation showed brakes failed on a tanker truck Monday on Colorado Highway 139, causing the driver to crash and dump 200 gallons of diesel fuel into a stream. William Downing, 44, of Wyoming, was hauling approximately ...

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