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Two elementary principals retire

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Today is the last day of school for thousands of District 51 students as well as Appleton Elementary Principal Mark Schmalz and Orchard Avenue Elementary Principal Denise Hoctor. Both principals will retire June 13 and have no plans to spend ...

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California man held as suspect in carjacking

By Amy Hamilton

A California man wanted on a warrant as an accomplice in a February carjacking at a Fruita convenience store was booked Thursday into the Mesa County Jail. Simon Infante, 29, was extradited recently and received a $100,000 bond Thursday after ...

Birthday Bash belly-flops

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The organizer of Bobby’s Birthday Bash pulled the plug Thursday on the country music festival slated for the Mesa County Fairgrounds next month, dimming the lights on an event that was saddled with skeptics and ultimately failed to ...

New judge now sought for Montrose district

By Charles Ashby

The 7th Judicial District, which serves Montrose and five other Western Slope counties, is looking for a new district court judge. Under a new law approved by the Colorado Legislature earlier this year, introduced by Sen. Gail Schwartz, ...

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Coroner: May most deadly month

By Amy Hamilton

More people died in May than any other month in Mesa County last year. Of all accidental deaths in 2010, people are most likely to die after sustaining a fall. And, deaths by cardiovascular disease far outweighed cancer-related deaths in ...

Lawsuit to halt uranium mill can proceed

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A suit by a Telluride environmental organization to stop a proposed uranium mill in Montrose County can go forward, a Denver judge ruled. Denver District Judge Brian Whitney denied motions to dismiss the suit by the Sheep Mountain ...

TABOR suit not a threat, Skaggs says

By Charles Ashby

Never mind what a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights is, former U.S. Rep. David Skaggs said Thursday. What it isn’t is a challenge to the state’s initiative and ...

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Student athlete raises money to put defibrillators in schools

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Robert Harrison, a 15-year-old freshman at Grand Junction High School, hopes that he’ll leave a legacy at his school that one day helps save a life. There have been reports across the nation about high school athletes whose hearts have ...

CMU websites in question no longer exist

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The Mesa State College student who bought three web domains tied to Colorado Mesa University was talking Thursday with college officials, according to Mesa State spokeswoman Dana Nunn. The college had set a Wednesday deadline for Justin ...

Liquor license holder: Willis was difficult to work with

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When it came to trying to coordinate liquor service for Bobby’s Birthday Bash, Peggy Catlin says she ran into problems with Bobby Willis from the beginning. Catlin, who owns the liquor license for the Mesa County Fairgrounds under an ...

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