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District 51 School Board picks budget committee

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District 51 School Board members Tuesday selected 19 members of budget development committee that will offer the board advice on budget cuts and savings. The board selected 15 community members to serve on the committee. Superintendent Steve ...

Bennet bill to aid foreign students

By Charles Ashby

Businesses in the nation are having problems getting visas for foreign-born students in science, math and technology fields who want to work here after graduation, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Tuesday. That’s why he’s introducing ...

Police blotter, Dec. 14, 2011

By Staff

Endangered hawk killed Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about the killing a threatened species of hawk in the desert north of Fruita sometime during the past two weeks. The ferruginous hawk is listed by federal authorities ...

Substitute teacher dies at Clifton Elementary

By Amy Hamilton

A substitute teacher working at Clifton Elementary died unexpectedly Monday, but the incident did not occur in front of students, according to School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland. Williams Edwards, 71, of Loma, died of natural causes, ...

Neenan-built Craig school partly closed

By Dennis Webb

The Moffat County School District temporarily is closing part of Craig Middle School to student use following an independent review prompted by concerns about the building’s design-build contractor, Neenan Co. Meanwhile, the Meeker ...

Business spending paving way for retail jump, observers say

By Charles Ashby

The recent recession caused Grand Valley residents to curtail some of their buying of big-ticket items over the past few years, but local officials are starting to see some encouraging trends in sales, particularly from businesses. Though ...

120711 Census data 2

Gas drilling fuels pay growth

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans elsewhere in the state saw a substantial dip in their buying power during the past decade, but not so for most people living in Western Slope counties, according to recent census figures. While the state’s median household ...

Legislative maps win court’s OK

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Supreme Court approved new legislative maps Monday, ordering that they be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office no later than Wednesday. The maps were the second set of new lines for the Colorado House and ...

County budget calls for more cuts

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The Mesa County Commission approved a 2012 spending plan that thins a bit more the ranks of county employees and makes other spending cuts in anticipation of a $3 million drop in property taxes. The $148.5 million budget is “a lean ...

Parents worried about budget form group

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With $28.6 million sliced from School District 51’s budget since 2009 and another $3 million to $10 million likely to be removed next school year, a group of local parents decided to research and champion the best ways to approach the ...

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