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Racing bill slow getting out of gate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Don Coram’s goal is to bring live horse racing to the Western Slope. If that’s done by the owners of the state’s only existing racetrack on the Front Range or a new one from out of state, the Montrose ...


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Evidence of pugnacious prehistoric fish unearthed

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A nasty bruiser of a prehistoric fish, with sharp teeth jutting from his prominent jaw giving him a pugnacious glower, xiphactinus patrolled the shallow seas of what now is western Colorado some 85 million years ago. Under circumstances ...


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Dewey chose ‘easy way’ while wrongly incarcerated

By Paul Shockley

Robert Dewey dreamed of riding. Interviewed in January by investigators behind the walls of Colorado’s Limon Correctional Facility, the 51-year-old Dewey said he chose “the easy way” to live in prison over the course of ...


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Convicted killer who lived ‘down the street’ eyed in Taylor slaying

By Paul Shockley

He lived down the street. Investigators in recent months learned 39-year-old Douglas Thames Jr., in 1994 rented an apartment on the opposite side of the street, “two to three buildings down,” from where 19-year-old Jacie Taylor ...


Mother whose son has MS top fundraiser for walk

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A wheelchair, arthritis and the weight of being a caregiver, along with her husband, to their 48-year-old son won’t stop Ruth Head from participating Saturday in Walk MS Grand Junction. For the 18th consecutive year,  Head will ...


This Week in the Legislature, April 30, 2012

By Staff

This is the last full week of the 2012 legislative session. As a result, what lawmakers have placed on their calendars for the week is subject to wild changes as they move between committees and floor work to get bills passed or kill ...


Museum attempts oral history of little-remembered GJ teachers strike

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Even after 39 years, the indignation rings out when the participants discuss the School District 51 strike of 1973. The problem is about the only people who are aware of the history are the teachers and others who lived it. That fact struck ...


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Three decades post-bust, debate over oil shale rages

By Dennis Webb

Three decades after Black Sunday, energy companies remain interested in developing the region’s world-class store of oil shale resources. But Glenn Vawter of Glenwood Springs, executive director of the National Oil Shale Association, ...


Central is third valley school in Legacy ranks

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Central High School will be added to the list of Colorado high schools to benefit from Colorado Legacy Schools funding this fall. Fruita Monument High School and Grand Junction High School were among seven Colorado high schools picked to ...


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Black Sunday still reverberates 30 years later

By Dennis Webb

Thirty years ago today, John Loschke was helping his cousin run one of the busiest bars in Colorado. O’Leary’s Pub in Parachute sat at the heart of the oil shale boom. It was an industry that Exxon predicted would produce 8 ...


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