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New Montrose schools leader excited for new year

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Today is the first day of school in Montrose, and new RE-1J School District Superintendent Mark MacHale brims with optimism. He said he chooses to embrace the resources that he has, not bemoan and make excuses about what he ...


Colorado Mesa moves up on Forbes’ colleges list

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Colorado Mesa University ranked 537th this year in Forbes magazine’s annual America’s Top Colleges list. The Forbes lists ranks nearly 10 percent of the nation’s approximately 6,600 higher education institutions based on ...


Operations viewed positively, Encana says of survey

By Dennis Webb

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., says a survey of community members, landowners, government leaders and others in Colorado and three other states found it is viewed favorably by a 5-to-1 ratio among those aware of its operations. Three of ...


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Though they are few in number, certain religious believers find solace

By Rachel Sauer

Hers is the only light on so early, a muted square of gold in a dark blue,  5-in-the-morning neighborhood. She moves easily around her home in practiced patterns, securing her white sari at her waist, tracing a finger dipped in yellow ...


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University gears up to solve its specialty license plate problem

By Charles Ashby

Motorists who have an old Mesa State College specialty plate on their cars may have to wait awhile before they can upgrade to reflect the school’s new name: Colorado Mesa University. That’s because university officials still are ...


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Peach fest draws from near and far

By Paul Shockley

They like Palisade peaches in Gillette, Wyo. Same goes for Denver and Boulder. Gary Caletti, 61, of Monument, arrived in town Friday with his wife for his first taste of the Palisade Peach Festival, and he liked it so much, they stayed a ...


Gunman flees failed robbery

By Paul Shockley

An armed man remained at large Saturday night after he tried to rob a Palisade bank, then held a gun to a police officer’s head and took his gun, authorities said. The suspect who was inside Palisades National Bank, 600 W. Eighth St., ...


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Glade Park residents live far apart but stay close-knit

By Rachel Sauer

Sometimes, crafts actually do get done. Anne Pellizzari is pretty good about it, steadily knitting as the conversation wanders. “He took those bird houses down, you know.” “He’s real particular about his ...


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Glade Park saves its school

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It took two years of land negotiations, community meetings, research and pleading with School District 51 Board of Education members to get a school on Glade Park for the first time in 38 years. Then, less than two years after the ...


Official says Commissioner White spoke in late 2008 of selling Montrose Hospital

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A former Montrose County commissioner said he had a conversation with current Commissioner David White in late 2008, during which White spoke of plans to sell the Montrose Memorial Hospital and fire its CEO. Former ...


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