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Garfield drilling permits lag; rebound expected

By Dennis Webb

Weld County leapt well ahead of Garfield County in oil and gas well permitting for 2011, but a state regulator expects to see Garfield numbers jump soon. As of May 5, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued 727 drilling ...


Commission to air views in Montrose hospital flap

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose County Commissioners will conduct a meeting tonight so they can outline their position on a controversial lease by the Montrose Memorial Hospital trustees to a new private nonprofit corporation. The meeting begins at ...


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Six pairs of twins graduate from Fruita

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A dozen Fruita Monument High School seniors celebrated graduation Tuesday with their siblings by their sides. Literally. Fruita Monument’s class of 2011 included at least six sets of twins: Joshua and Kyle Bestle, Jordan and Joshua ...


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GJ grads dispatched into world with firm grasp of community

By Paul Shockley

As a steady rain broke over Stocker Stadium, Taralynn Begay took her diploma in the manner similar to which she arrived at Grand Junction High School last fall. Understated. With her hands crossed and folded in front of her, Begay cracked a ...


Legislators detail session highs, lows

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Sometimes, halting bills from across the aisle is as big a victory as getting your own bills passed. That was the contention of Grand Junction Republican Sen. Steve King on Tuesday at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual ...


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United Way spreads giving glow

By Paul Shockley

Even with support from United Way of Mesa County, the head of Hilltop Community Resources said a gloomy economy has meant tough choices at Hilltop. Without that support, Hilltop CEO Mike Stahl said the agency would face up to a 20 percent ...


Timing of visit by Churchill riles tea party in Junction

By Amy Hamilton

A politically conservative Grand Junction group described Ward Churchill as demonic and decried the timing of an upcoming speech in Grand Junction by the controversial former University of Colorado professor. Tim Fenwick, president of tea ...


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GJ group lines up Churchill for speech

By Amy Hamilton

Ward Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who came under fire for disparaging remarks about the victims of the 9/11 attacks, will speak in Grand Junction on Memorial Day. Members of Confluence Media Collective, a group that ...


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Bobby plans 4-mile park-and-ride trip to Birthday Bash

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The proprietor of a free country music festival at the Mesa County Fairgrounds next month intends to have a majority of attendees park four miles away and hop on shuttle buses to get to the fairgrounds. The proposal, part of detailed site and ...


District 51 cuts to total $11.9 million

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School District 51 plans to cut $11.9 million to balance its 2011–12 budget. The district has been weighing budget cuts for months, anticipating that $10 million to $12 million would have to be sliced from the budget for the next school ...


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