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Garfield District 16 switching to 4-day school week

By Dennis Webb

The school district serving Parachute and Battlement Mesa is the second in Garfield County to decide to switch to a four-day school week. Garfield County School District 16 also will end the use of St John Elementary School as a school, and ...


Groups oppose gas bid-rigging settlement

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Five Western Slope environmental groups are protesting as too lenient the proposed settlement the U.S. Department of Justice has reached with two natural gas companies accused of illegally rigging bids on federal oil and gas leases. The ...


Extend oil shale comment period, says Club 20 leader

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The Interior Department should extend public comment on its oil shale study to allow the public to include comments on draft regulations for commercial development, a Western Slope advocacy organization said. Public comment is being accepted ...


C-SPAN bus coming to local schools

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Fruita Monument High School senior Vinny Castellini will receive $750 of prize money Monday for placing third in C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2012 video contest. Castellini’s short documentary, “In God We Trust? Religion’s Role ...


This Week in the Legislature, April 23, 2012

By Staff

The Senate completed its work on the state’s $19 billion spending plan for the 2012–13 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Now the bill will head back to the Joint Budget Committee, which is to iron out differences between the House ...


Montrose trail project scheduled

By Staff

About 50 volunteers are needed to complete a loop on the new section of the Coyote Wash trail in the Dry Creek area of Montrose, starting at 8 a.m. May 5 and at noon May 6. Volunteers will be provided supplies, plus lunch and free camping in ...


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Naturally occurring radioactivity part of Western Slope life

By Matthew Berger

Coloradans are subjected to, on average, four times more naturally occurring radiation than the average American. It is the price of living in a mountainous and geologically rich region, but the full impact of that background radiation on ...


‘Toasty’ temps break record for 6th time this spring

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Green is the color affiliated with Earth Day, but red was the dominant pigment in Grand Junction Sunday as the high temperature soared to 85 degrees, tying a 43-year-old record for the date. And more record-breaking heat is in store for the ...


C-SPAN bus coming to local schools

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Fruita Monument High School senior Vinny Castellini will receive $750 of prize money Monday for placing third in C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2012 video contest. Castellini’s short documentary, “In God We Trust? Religion’s Role ...


Post office closure plans grind to halt

By Charles Ashby

The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to shutter 53 post offices in Colorado and hundreds of others elsewhere in the nation is on hold, at least for now, a Colorado official said Friday. David Rupert, spokesman for the Postal Service’s ...


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