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Keep college control local, state panel told

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Local leaders, educators and students pleaded Tuesday with members of a state panel not to change the decentralized system that runs Mesa State College. The Colorado Higher Education Strategic Planning Steering Committee hosted a forum ...

Rifle school’s improvement rewarded

By Dennis Webb

Highland Elementary School in Rifle is one of five schools in Colorado that showed substantial enough improvement in student tests to be removed recently from a list of facilities required to develop improvement plans. Highland had been ...

Woman’s mood changed night before her slaying

By Paul Shockley

Maureen Henson, a friend and neighbor of murder victim Linda Benson, told jurors Tuesday that Benson was a good mother who was happy with her life in the days leading up to her slaying in July 1975. “Was she the type of person who would ...

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College Center opens today

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The College Center at Mesa State College officially opens today, giving students and faculty a place to commune in dining areas, study halls, offices and meeting rooms. The new building is twice the size of the one knocked down last February ...

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Bruce wrote ballot issues, critics claim

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Springs antitax crusader Douglas Bruce is the person behind the three controversial ballot questions that would dramatically cut taxes and fees and limit government bonding, opponents of those measures said Tuesday. And the group ...

All four candidates for Palisade mayor skip voters’ forum

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A League of Women Voters forum scheduled for Tuesday night to give Palisade voters a chance to learn more about the mayoral recall effort and a property tax measure was canceled after the four candidates for mayor refused to ...

Winning bidders sue for leases

By Dennis Webb

Energy industry representatives sued the federal government Monday, claiming the Department of Interior is breaking the law by failing to issue oil and gas leases to winning bidders within 60 days of being paid. One of the plaintiffs, the ...

List of candidates for Mesa County administrator narrowed to five

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Mesa County Regional Services Director Tom Fisher is one of the five finalists seeking to become county administrator. In addition to Fisher, the other four finalists are: Melinda Carlton of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She most recently served ...

Teen dies of injuries suffered in accident

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A 17-year-old Fruita Monument High School student who reportedly fell out of a moving vehicle over the weekend has died after being taken off life support, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery. An autopsy performed by ...

Veterans group closing GJ office

By Rachel Sauer

Area veterans on Monday learned they will lose a resource that helps them navigate a labyrinth of forms and red tape for help not only with medical benefits, but also with vocational rehabilitation, education and home loan guaranty. The Grand ...

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