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Spokesman disputes Romney rhetoric

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When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke in Craig on Tuesday, “His rhetoric couldn’t be further from reality,” said Jim Spehar, a surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election ...


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Crews gain in battle against wildfire southwest of Gateway

By Amy Hamilton

About a dozen Gateway residents left a community meeting Tuesday night relieved after hearing that firefighters may be able to finish the northern part of a perimeter around the Sunrise Mine wildfire to the south. The fire was sparked ...


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Mesa Theater sold to former Boise bar owner

By Melinda Mawdsley

Iconic downtown Grand Junction entertainment venue Mesa Theater & Club has sold. Owner David Prather, who has run the business for the past 14 years, sold the venue to former Boise, Idaho, bar owner Andy Pittman, pending the deal’s ...


Delta schools still trying to fill leadership post

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Delta School District 50J School Board members plan to hire the district’s personnel director, Caryn Gibson, as the next interim superintendent. The board plans to approve a contract for Gibson at a June 8 special board meeting. Gibson ...


Programs to fill District 51 summer school gap

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Summer programs may be sparse in local public schools. But other programs will keep kids learning over summer break, inside and outside the schools. School District 51 de-funded summer extended learning last year as part of $13.6 million in ...


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A former governor’s view: Vanderhoof likes current officeholder

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Now more than 90 years into watching the world from a rare vantage point, former Colorado Gov. John Vanderhoof, of Grand Junction, said he has a fondness for the current holder of the office. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, called ...


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Romney mines Craig crowd

By Dennis Webb

CRAIG—Emily Weber of Craig credits the high-paying coal industry for enabling her to stay at home with baby daughter Baylei Padilla while Baylei’s dad, Marcus Padilla, works at Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine in Routt ...


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2 hurt as car careens off cliff

By Paul Shockley

One man was jailed and two passengers in his car were critically injured after an alleged alcohol-fueled joyride Tuesday ended in a crash in Colorado National Monument, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Timothy Tyler, 21, was booked ...


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Flags will wave in Clifton long after holiday

By Amy Hamilton

It’s the day after Memorial Day, but Old Glory flies proudly above most homes in a small area on D 1/2 Road. In fact, the seven American flags, most of them whipping in the breeze on poles about 20 feet high, will be there next week as ...


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Fire near Paradox about 30 percent contained

By Amy Hamilton

Pat Mann of Paradox Valley said she was lucky that the Sunrise Mine Fire that was still burning about 5,200 acres on Monday tore through pinon and cedar trees that had burned about five years ago. At that time, the fire came within a ...


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