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District 51 board to cut $5.76 million

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District 51 school board members will consider $5.76 million in reductions to the district’s 2012-13 budget tonight. The reductions will cover a state-required increase in district contributions to PERA retirement benefits, reductions ...


Hickenlooper looking for consistency, fairness in federal, state fracking rules

By Charles Ashby

Through a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions, Gov. John Hickenlooper helped persuade the Bureau of Land Management to consider hydraulic fracturing disclosure rules that are similar to Colorado’s, the governor said Monday. Now the ...


Public trustee, pine beetle, CMU bills signed

By Charles Ashby

Public trustees, spruce pine beetles and Colorado Mesa University. Gov. John Hickenlooper was in Grand Junction on Monday to sign bills affecting all three. The first measure, sponsored by Rep. Ray Scott, requires that the governor-appointed ...

Baking soda producer begins $30 million plant expansion

By Dennis Webb

A baking soda producer that has begun work on a $30 million plant to grow its operations already has spent nearly $10 million in connection with that expansion, and it’s not done spending yet. Natural Soda welcomed Gov. John ...

New law makes CMU ‘selective’ in admissions

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Hours after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday in Grand Junction that moves Colorado Mesa University from a “moderately selective” to a “selective” institution, the university’s board of trustees set new ...

Clifton upkeep no longer county issue

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Clifton residents can expect to see streets deteriorate and fewer Mesa County services as the county shifts away from efforts to promote greater independence for the region. The change is the result of a decision by the Mesa County ...

Trustees weigh gym expansion, tuition increase

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More construction may be on the way for Colorado Mesa University. The university’s board of trustees discussed the possibility at a board meeting Monday of expanding the Hamilton Recreation Center, the gym facility inside the ...

More child-welfare workers in homes to reduce yearly cost

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Putting child-welfare workers into more homes more frequently could pay off for taxpayers, the Mesa County Commission decided Monday in accepting a plan to increase the number of case managers and still save money. The county can cut costs ...

Roadwork may delay travel this summer on La Sal Loop

By Dave Buchanan

Drivers headed out of Moab, Utah, this summer via Kens Lake and Castle Valley will face possible travel delays as road construction continues through the fall. More than seven miles of the La Sal Loop Road will be resurfaced and stabilized, ...


Cop hit on her as teen, woman says

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction Police Department officer in 2000 struck up a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl whom he met investigating a runaway case, which led to trysts in the officer’s patrol cruiser and at police facilities at ...

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