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Court upholds cave visits during convention

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday upheld a Bureau of Land Management decision to allow some visits to local caves during a National Speleological Society convention in Glenwood Springs next week. The Center for ...

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Pipe break on Highline is repaired

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Water is again flowing into the Government Highline Canal in north Grand Junction. The canal was emptied to allow workers to fix damage caused by a pipe break Monday afternoon underneath the canal near 25 Road. Repairs also had to be made to ...


Head chaplain at hospital marks 50 years of service

By Rachel Sauer

She jokes that her choice of vocation came down to a Ping-Pong game: During college, Sister Carol Depner and a friend were playing a game, each young woman representing a different Catholic order. Depner, who’d felt called to the ...


Raft firms try to stay afloat

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Western Colorado rafting outfitters who saw early-summer business stunted by rivers raging with frigid and fast snowmelt that scared off some customers are banking on just-now receding waters and a prolonged rafting season to help them ...

Treasurer to retirees: Show me the money

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The Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association has until the end of summer to provide Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton with background information on its financial projections, Stapleton told Republicans in Grand Junction on ...

New curriculum puts Grand Valley schools on same schedule

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New statewide curriculum standards will mean new lessons and expectations for School District 51 students when the standards go into effect next month. Senate Bill 212, passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2008, required the state to ...

District 51 middle schools to try out new grading system

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New curriculum this fall will come with a new grading system for middle school students in School District 51. The district will pilot a new grading program for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students at all middle schools this year, ...

Investor: ‘I gave him all my money’

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A sobbing Steve Bagga recounted for a U.S. District jury in Denver how he drew out thousands of dollars from his credit cards to put into Valley Investments on the promise of company owner Philip Rand Lochmiller that all would be ...

Wary employee tapes Lochmiller

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The owner of collapsed Valley Investments can be heard saying on a surreptitious tape recording, made by a disgruntled employee, that he owed the company nothing. “I don’t owe this (expletive) company anything,” Philip Rand ...

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Twin sisters grew up with Potter, wouldn’t miss his final adventure

By Melinda Mawdsley

Twin sisters Kimberlyn and Kailyn Bennett have few life memories that predate Harry Potter. They were introduced to the adolescent wizard as first-graders when their mother read to them “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s ...

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