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Water official gives grim drought report

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ­— Northwest Colorado has become a region of severe drought during the past month, a state water official said Wednesday. Based on that and other indicators such as surface water supply levels, a task force has ...


Home-school graduates celebrate diverse interests

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Members of the Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program class of 2012 studied Greek, Chinese, French and Spanish, completed Advanced Placement classes without the aid of a classroom teacher, worked everywhere from a cattle ranch to a ...


Online school graduates first class

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The year Sarah Cautrell’s brother died, she lost interest in traditional school. She made it through her junior year after his passing but dropped out of Central High School during her senior year. She tried R-5 High School for three ...


Dewey shocked by hectic world

By Paul Shockley

Fresh off nearly 17 years of incarceration for a murder he didn’t commit, Robert Dewey last week experienced New York City. A little more than two weeks since his exoneration in Jacie Taylor’s 1994 murder in Palisade, Dewey, 51, ...


GED grads reach goal via the path less traveled

By Amy Hamilton

Eleven years ago, Ami Martin didn’t see a need to finish high school. She was pregnant and soon to be married to her boyfriend. What use was a diploma to a housewife, she wondered. What Martin wasn’t prepared for were the ...


Family escapes Orchard Mesa fire

By Amy Hamilton

Residents of an Orchard Mesa home escaped uninjured when a fire that started on a back porch ripped through the home at 183 1/2 Glory View Drive early Wednesday, although two dogs and a parakeet died. Diana Iles, who lives at the home with ...

Motorcyclist killed on I-70

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado State Patrol on Wednesday was investigating a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 which left one motorcyclist dead. State Trooper Josh Lewis said the rider, a man, was not wearing a helmet before the crash around mile marker 41 ...

Handyman Purser appointed to Fruita council

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The Fruita City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to appoint self-employed handyman Cullen Purser to fill a vacant seat on the board, choosing a fresh face over other candidates who had previous work and volunteer experience with the ...

Lawmaker takes heat for skipping special session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Last-minute discussions to revive a driving-while-stoned bill Wednesday threatened to extend a special session on civil unions one or two more days. In the end, though, there was little will among fatigued lawmakers to stay any ...

Tea party group fined for violations

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Southern Colorado Tea Party will pay $10,000 in fines and more than $9,000 in attorneys fees for failing to file the proper campaign finance reports during the 2010 election, a state judge ruled Wednesday. In his order, ...

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