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Affidavit: Basalt teacher, student had sex at school

By Dennis Webb

A Basalt High School teacher had sex with a student at the school Feb. 9, leading to the discovery of a months-long physical relationship between them, according to Eagle County Sheriff’s Department arrest affidavit. The affidavit says ...


Fruit growers prefer cold to stave off budding process

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Spring might be busting out all over, but it’s not exactly budding out. Yet. February’s run of warm days that brought out golfers, hikers and shirt-sleeves left many a bud still curled against its branches, growers and scientists ...

Police monitor threats after teen quits choir

By Paul Shockley

Messages described by a School District 51 official as threatening, direct and aimed at staff in the wake of a religion-infused choir controversy were brought to the attention of the Grand Junction Police Department on Thursday. Police sifted ...

Special education numbers, programs added in D51

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Students with autism are gaining their voices for the first time in a classroom at Redlands Middle School. The four middle-school-age boys in Mara Brownell’s classroom did not talk before District 51 started a program for them this year ...

Court denies roadless rule challenge

By Matthew Berger

The decade-long legal battle over a Clinton-era rule blocking development in roadless areas got a little closer to the finish line Thursday. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied a request to rehear a case challenging the Roadless ...

School closures blasted at budget forum

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About 100 people gathered Thursday evening at Grand Junction High School for the second of three community budget forums hosted by School District 51. Four-day school weeks and increased student fees for athletics and other groups received ...

Official: Oil shale input already given

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Mesa County’s lack of cooperating-agency status in the 2012 oil shale environmental study was no accident, Commissioner Craig Meis said Thursday. The county was a cooperating agency in a 2008 programmatic environmental impact statement ...

‘Lone Ranger’ needs extras for Utah shoot

By Melinda Mawdsley

As many as several hundred extras could be needed for Disney to finish shooting “The Lone Ranger” remake, and the studio is looking to Utah and Colorado residents for help. An open casting call is scheduled for April 1 at the Moab ...


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 ...

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