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State school board: Vermillion ruling means lost revenue

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Federal officials appear to be at odds with the original intent of Congress on a decision setting the Vermillion Basin off limits to drilling for oil and natural gas, the Colorado Board of Education said. “The closure of the Vermillion ...

Palisade retracts administrator job offer, will wait a month

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The Palisade Town Board will withdraw its town administrator job offer to interim Administrator Rich Sales and wait a month before extending the offer again in order to comply with a state law. During a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, ...

Board hopeful bike race bid will be chosen

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Members of a local committee have “a fair amount of optimism” they’ll be able to bring a stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge to the Grand Valley in 2012, committee member John Hopkins told Mesa County commissioners ...

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Grand Junction fugitive still on the run

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday said it will reconsider future business with a private prisoner-transport company whose staff apparently was outwitted at a Kansas gas station by a handcuffed and shackled man sitting in ...

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Grand Junction vacancy rate at 7.7 percent this summer

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After decreasing or remaining flat quarter-to-quarter for a year-and-a-half, Grand Junction’s rental vacancy rate increased to 7.7 percent in the third quarter of 2011, according to the Colorado Division of Housing. Grand ...


Affidavit: Man posed as tutor in sex assault

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man was arrested on suspicion he sexually assaulted a teenage girl after he posed as a tutor endorsed by School District 51 in order to gain the trust of the girl’s parents. Adam Clayton Ross,  27, 2549 Broadway, ...


Resort adds chopper to air-tour choices

By Amy Hamilton

Vibrations from the whipping rotor blades send a faint humming sensation throughout the cabin. Soon the helicopter gives riders a “magic carpet ride” feel as it buzzes a few feet off the ground from the front of a hangar to a ...

Board to pursue mineral royalty money

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A board established this spring to distribute federal mineral royalty money will move ahead with its plans, despite the doubts of the U.S. Interior Department and a Mesa County commissioner. Applications are due today to the Mesa County ...

Panel regroups on election map

By Charles Ashby

The 11-member Colorado Reapportionment Commission will meet behind closed doors today to discuss the Colorado Supreme Court’s rejection earlier this week of its proposed new legislative district maps. The high court rejected the maps on ...


Denver court rules against Gessler

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler overstepped his boundaries earlier this year when he approved new campaign finance rules for small political-issue committees, a Denver court ruled Thursday. Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones said ...

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