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Basalt High teacher jailed in sex assault of student

By Dennis Webb

A Basalt High School health teacher and head girls basketball coach was booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility on Thursday over allegations she had sexual relations with a 17-year-old male student. Lauren Redfern, 25, of El Jebel, ...


Airline traffic steady, despite industry woes

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Commercial passenger traffic at Grand Junction Regional Airport held steady in 2011, something airport officials consider a victory in the face of the airline industry’s ongoing struggles with high fuel prices. A total of 222,096 ...

Bill to preempt local drilling rules defeated

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee torpedoed a measure Thursday to limit what regulations local governments can place on oil and gas drilling in their areas. The measure, introduced by Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, declared the regulation ...

Bill designed to reel in cash from movie biz

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lights, camera, tax credits. That was the theme of a bill, approved by a House committee Thursday, designed to entice film production companies to spend more time in Colorado. The measure, introduced by Rep. Tom Massey, ...

Briefs, Feb. 17, 2012

By Staff

Retirement homes offer free activities Mesa View and The Atrium of Grand Valley, independent retirement communities, are inviting seniors and families to participate in free activities today through Sunday. Mesa View, 601 Horizon Place, ...


Woman, 73, rearrested after warrant mistake

By Paul Shockley

Confusion about an arrest warrant led authorities to mistakenly rearrest a 73-year-old woman Wednesday after she appeared free on bond in court to face allegations she drove a getaway car during a botched burglary last month. Barbara Mae ...


Fruita schools full to brim

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Boundary lines for two Fruita elementary schools may soon change to ease crowding. Rim Rock Elementary and Shelledy Elementary have 76 and 64 more students, respectively, than their buildings were designed to hold. If boundary lines remain ...

December tax receipts better in 2011 than 2010

By Amy Hamilton

December’s holiday shopping season in Grand Junction was more robust than 2010, according to the results of the city’s sales tax collections for that month. Sales tax revenues were $4.3 million for December 2011, 3.6 percent ...

Student quits choir over Muslim-themed song

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A Grand Junction High School student quit the school’s men’s choir recently in response to the choir director selecting a song with Muslim themes. The song, “Zikr,” which is Urdu for “remembrance” or ...

Polis, Lamborn spar over oil shale

By Dennis Webb

The U.S House of Representatives today defeated an attempt by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., to remove a bill mandating federal oil shale leasing from a transportation funding package. Polis’ amendment targeted the PIONEERS Act, which ...

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