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Wildlife, parks offices might be merged

By Charles Ashby

The newly merged Colorado Parks and Wildlife division of the Department of Natural Resources is considering consolidating some of its regional offices, its executive director told state lawmakers this week. Rick Cables told the Capital ...


District 51’s graduation rate outdoes state’s

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School District 51 surpassed the state’s graduation rate in 2011, marking the second consecutive year it bested the state. Last spring, 75.5 percent of students who entered ninth grade at a District 51 school in fall 2007 graduated with ...


Delta Schools superintendent resigns

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For the second time in two years, Mike McMillan announced plans to leave his post as superintendent of Delta County School District 50. McMillan announced in March 2010 he would retire that July after six years as superintendent. He later ...


Breckenridge Republican enters race for Dist. 61

By Charles Ashby

A Breckenridge Republican has entered the race for the newly redrawn House District 61, which includes eastern Delta County. Debra Irvine, former Summit Valley Republican Party chairwoman, announced Friday she will run in the newly formed ...


Body of angler from Texas found near river boat ramp

By Staff

Authorities earlier this week found the body of a man who fell into the Colorado River while he was fishing in Rifle on Oct. 14. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said Friday the body of Bill Browne was found after dispatchers ...


Yearly sales tax revenue up 7 percent

By Staff

Mesa County sales tax collections were up nearly 7 percent overall in 2011 compared with 2010, according to the county’s financial department. The county’s sales taxes in 2011 increased every month, except November, over the ...


GarCo death investigated as homicide

By Dennis Webb

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting early Saturday morning that left a 30-year-old man dead in Battlement Mesa. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the investigation is focusing on whether the shooting was accidental or ...


Drilling lags on BLM land, report shows

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Federal policy appears to be putting a damper on drilling on public lands in the West, a report by a Grand Junction-based company says. Environmental organizations quickly dismissed the findings of the study, saying oil and gas companies are ...


Colorado GOP: Repeal federal health care law

By Charles Ashby

Hoping to send a message to Congress, the Republican-controlled Colorado House approved a nonbinding resolution Thursday calling for a federal constitutional convention to repeal the controversial health care reform act. The resolution, which ...


Pipeline under river proposed near Rifle

By Staff

The Bureau of Land Management is considering a second natural gas pipeline proposal in as many months involving a bore under the Colorado River west of Rifle. Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., is proposing a buried 24-inch-diameter, 11.2-mile ...


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