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Man gets work release in shooting

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Delta County resident Paul Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days work release, 60 hours of public service and two years of probation as a result of a Nov. 23 assault of his Escalante Canyon Road neighbor John ...


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Feds: Parks, monuments managed equally

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Fears that the National Park Service would manage a national park differently than it would a national monument aren’t borne out in federal law. Others outside the National Park Service, however, might view parks differently than ...


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Deal kills spending on wild lands

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A provision of the budget deal reached Friday would prohibit funding of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s order calling for an inventory of wild lands in the West. The provision is part of the agreement reached by House Republicans, ...


Flight schools to join college in programs

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Western Colorado Community College is set to offer two new programs this fall for would-be pilots. If the programs receive final approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the community college will offer a technical ...


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Palisade turnaround earns Diers award from peers around state

By Amy Hamilton

Improved graduation rates, more advanced class offerings and higher-achieving students at Palisade High School haven’t gone unnoticed. Six years ago, Principal Matthew Diers laid out plans to improve student scores, although it meant ...


Software industry poised to get break from online tax

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The software industry cried hardship over a new sales tax on downloaded computer programs Tuesday, but the industry couldn’t provide actual data showing just how the tax is harmful. Their inability to demonstrate hardship ...


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Woman freed in death of infant now in hands of feds

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A woman who remains a suspect in the death of a 4-month-old child last year was released from the Montrose County Jail to the custody of federal immigration officials. Montrose County law enforcement officials were not immediately aware of ...


Bill would expand radiation payments

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Miners and others who dug, hauled and milled uranium after 1971 would be eligible for compassionate payments for terminal illnesses under a bill introduced in Congress. The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act amendments of 2011 would expand ...


Fruita chamber grievance meeting draws quiet crowd

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A crowd of 76 Fruita Chamber of Commerce members had little to say to their board of directors when given the chance Tuesday evening. Just five audience members spoke during a meeting, which had been called to allow concerned members the ...


Hospital fight moves to courtroom

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Opposing attorneys said in court Tuesday their clients’ legal efforts were serving the best interests of Montrose in regards to a recent 50-year lease of Montrose Memorial Hospital to a private, nonprofit ...


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