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Group ready to support levy override for SD51

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Friends of District 51, the community group that campaigned for District 51 bond issues in 2004 and 2008, is back and ready for another ballot measure. The District 51 school board has until Sept. 2 to decide whether to move forward with a ...

Gessler’s proposal to change rules gets mixed review

By Charles Ashby

Secretary of State Scott Gessler is proposing election rule changes that are winning support from some and condemnation from others. Among the proposed new rules, most of which are minor technical changes, is a provision barring clerks from ...

Palisade to retain bluegrass festival

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Despite losing nearly $50,000 in the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival’s first three years, the town of Palisade will sponsor the summer music event again next year — this time with an improved marketing effort to boost ...

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Oprah taps ex-Bronco Vance Johnson for an encore

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PARACHUTE — Vance Johnson, a voluble wide receiver for the Denver Broncos known for speed on the field and later for baring himself as a spousal abuser to Oprah Winfrey, was unsure he was ready to do it all again. The Oprah thing, that ...

Second indicted doctor jailed in Florida Keys

By Paul Shockley

A second former western Colorado doctor who was indicted federally on suspicion of prescription fraud was arrested Wednesday at his home in Florida, authorities said. Dr. Eric Peper, 53, of Summerland Key, Fla., was arrested without incident ...

Suit: Woman was a victim of physician

By Amy Hamilton

Cedaredge resident David Gwinn filed a civil lawsuit in 2010 claiming Dr. Sam Jahani killed his 39-year-old wife, Kelly Gwinn, by prescribing her too many medications. Jahani and his former associate, Dr. Eric Peper, were indicted earlier ...

Incomes fall faster in GJ than rest of U.S.

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Grand Junction had the biggest year-over-year drop in personal income last year among the nation’s 366 metropolitan areas, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Every metropolitan area in the United ...

Tipton plans hearing to speed oil-shale work

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will conduct a field hearing in Grand Junction later this month on roadblocks to development of oil shale. The Aug. 24 hearing, titled “American Jobs and Energy Security: Domestic Oil Shale the Status of ...

Health records group recognized for innovation

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Quality Health Network, perhaps the least-well-known part of the Grand Junction health care system, has been recognized as an “Incubator of Innovation” by the National eHealth Collaborative. QHN maintains electronic medical ...

Competition unfair, mill operators say

By William Woody

DELTA — Timber mill operators seized the opportunity Tuesday to tell one of Colorado’s U.S. senators that federally funded timber contracts have created unfair competition and have taken away guaranteed sources of logs from the ...

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