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Lottery funds, all divvied up, more than 2010

By Charles Ashby

Lottery proceeds distributed to local communities were up in 2011 over last year, but not to the level they were before the recession began, according to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Overall, the state doled out about $45 million ...

County moves forward with fairgrounds entrance

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Mesa County will soon embark on the creation of a new signalized entrance to the county fairgrounds in an effort to enhance safety on U.S. Highway 50 and accommodate increased traffic and future growth at the fairgrounds. The county is ...

Plan would speed Avalon renovation

By Amy Hamilton

It’s just an idea, but a new plan is brewing to more quickly refurbish the most pressing needs at the Avalon Theatre. Plans already are under way to raise about $14 million in funds to fully refurbish the historic theater, 645 Main St., ...

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Red Cross maintains lifeblood

By Amy Hamilton

As far as natural disasters go, 2011 delivered a wallop of destruction. In February, New Zealand’s South Island was rocked by an earthquake, and a month later Japan was hit with an 8.9-scale earthquake and tsunami that killed ...

School budget cuts not as easy as they look, District 51 says

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District 51 administrators, teacher representatives and School Board members have repeatedly said everything is on the table when it comes to potential budget cuts next year. But cutting some budget items would put the district at risk of ...

Don’t plan on conducting business today at state offices

By Charles Ashby

‘Twas the day after Christmas, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, most government offices will be closed today. For the state, that means anyone wishing to get or renew a driver’s license, pick up documents from the ...

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Journey of faith leads to Christ’s birth

By Rachel Sauer

Long before the silent, holy night, before wise men followed the star and angels sang hosanna, there was hope. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be ...

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Christmas Eve ride with Santa

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Steele Rickenbach has been on the receiving end of some pretty cool Christmas gifts in his 11 years, including a go-kart and a four-wheeler. A seat behind Santa Claus on board a helicopter that swooped over the canyons and deserts of Mesa ...

Developer with ties to GJ wins new trial

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned the fraud conviction of a Greeley developer with ties to Grand Junction, finding that a Weld County judge should have granted a mistrial request. Mark J. Strodtman, 54, who was sentenced to 31 ...

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Storage unit filled with stuff of life greets family of 3

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When Grand Junction Lions Club member Steve Stewart asked Jacinda Koehler to meet him at Liberty Self-Storage on Saturday, she guessed she might be greeted by an empty storage unit — a gift in which she could begin storing new belongings ...

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