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Mother whose son has MS top fundraiser for walk

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A wheelchair, arthritis and the weight of being a caregiver, along with her husband, to their 48-year-old son won’t stop Ruth Head from participating Saturday in Walk MS Grand Junction. For the 18th consecutive year,  Head will ...


This Week in the Legislature, April 30, 2012

By Staff

This is the last full week of the 2012 legislative session. As a result, what lawmakers have placed on their calendars for the week is subject to wild changes as they move between committees and floor work to get bills passed or kill ...


Museum attempts oral history of little-remembered GJ teachers strike

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Even after 39 years, the indignation rings out when the participants discuss the School District 51 strike of 1973. The problem is about the only people who are aware of the history are the teachers and others who lived it. That fact struck ...


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Three decades post-bust, debate over oil shale rages

By Dennis Webb

Three decades after Black Sunday, energy companies remain interested in developing the region’s world-class store of oil shale resources. But Glenn Vawter of Glenwood Springs, executive director of the National Oil Shale Association, ...


Central is third valley school in Legacy ranks

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Central High School will be added to the list of Colorado high schools to benefit from Colorado Legacy Schools funding this fall. Fruita Monument High School and Grand Junction High School were among seven Colorado high schools picked to ...


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Black Sunday still reverberates 30 years later

By Dennis Webb

Thirty years ago today, John Loschke was helping his cousin run one of the busiest bars in Colorado. O’Leary’s Pub in Parachute sat at the heart of the oil shale boom. It was an industry that Exxon predicted would produce 8 ...


Plans laid for shale project in Utah

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The French company working in Colorado with American partners to develop buried oil shale without disturbing the surface is moving into Utah to develop surface oil shale. Total E&P USA Inc, the U.S. arm of Total SA, Paris, is funding 80 ...


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Solar leasing piques interest of Japanese

By Matthew Berger

Representatives of the Japanese electric industry met with Delta-Montrose Electric Association officials last week to learn about the public-engagement program used to promote the utility’s solar array. That array, on a dirt lot ...


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Two transit riders suspected in Vicodin deal

By Paul Shockley

Two riders on a Grand Valley Transit bus were arrested Friday after plainclothes officers overheard an alleged conversation about selling Vicodin, according to an arrest affidavit. Lawnie A. Piep, 26, homeless, and Mary J. Jerroll, 25, 619 25 ...


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Friends, family gather in memory of Paige Birgfeld

By Paul Shockley

In life and death, Paige Birgfeld instructed others, friends and family said during a memorial service Saturday. For Connie Flukey, it was a wall decoration discovered tucked away in storage at Birgfeld’s former north Grand Junction ...


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