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Monument road to close for rock removal Thursday

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Colorado National Monument officials will close the west entrance to the monument and a four-mile stretch of Rim Rock Drive all day Thursday to allow crews to bring down a large rock slab. The slab, which is roughly 3 cubic yards in size, ...


Candidate’s views cited in national publication

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Two years ago, Palisade attorney Rose Pugliese made national headlines when she petitioned the School District 51 Board of Education to ask teachers not to present man-made global warming as fact in the classroom. Her views are in the news ...

Garfield County district shortens school week

By Dennis Webb

NEW CASTLE — Students from Rifle to New Castle will have to set their morning alarms 20 percent less often next fall following a decision by the Garfield Re-2 School District Board Tuesday night. The board voted 4-1 to switch to a ...

CMC eyes land for future Rifle campus growth

By Dennis Webb

Less than five years after opening its new West Garfield Campus in Rifle, Colorado Mountain College is looking to acquire 25 acres of surrounding property with an eye toward expansion. College officials said that while they are mulling some ...


City Hall is upgraded

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city officials have come to expect some sort of technical difficulty during regular City Council meetings. It could be the audio cutting in and out, or broadcasters’ screens going blank in the middle of taping the roughly ...

Local unemployment rate 9.6 percent in January

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate in January jumped to its highest point in six months, as 9.6 percent of the local workforce was unemployed, according to data released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Labor and ...

Birgfeld’s bones to be examined by specialist

By Paul Shockley

Authorities were tight-lipped about an examination Friday at Community Hospital involving the skeletal remains of Paige Birgfeld, which are expected to be sent to a Front Range specialist for more analysis. Mesa County Chief Deputy Coroner ...

Turnout good for oil shale meeting

By Dennis Webb

SILT — Colorado, Wyoming and Utah are home to the world’s largest deposits of oil shale, and much of that lies below land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which also oversees considerable tar sands acreage in ...

Suspect’s driving imperils vehicles during pursuit

By Paul Shockley

Speeds hit 80 mph as a suspected drunken driver eluded a Colorado State Patrol trooper early Sunday in Grand Junction, nearly striking other vehicles, according to an arrest affidavit. Jordan T. Criswell, 21, was arrested on suspicion of 17 ...

Colorado Mountain College students face another tuition hike

By Dennis Webb

A sharply divided Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees on Monday approved raising tuition for a second straight year. The board voted 4-3 to authorize increases ranging from 5.6 percent for in-district students to 7.1 percent for ...

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