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Repairs at Caprock follow problems at Meeker school

By Dennis Webb

The Caprock Academy building in Grand Junction soon will undergo the last of structural repairs that came about over concerns that the contractor was the same one responsible for a botched Meeker school project. Dan Sherrill, facilities and ...

EPA fracking finding may figure in state talks

By Dennis Webb

Last-minute negotiations have delayed a possible decision on proposed hydraulic-fracturing-disclosure rules this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Meanwhile, some conservation and citizen groups are asking that as the ...

120111 Buxton Study

Corporate recruiters: Officials target companies that would fit well in GJ

By Amy Hamilton

It’s easy for people to sound off on what kinds of businesses they want in Grand Junction. The large empty buildings at the Eastgate Shopping Center on North Avenue could host a Costco. Wouldn’t it be great to have a Panera Bread ...

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Economic development group shifts strategy to aggressive search for firms, jobs

By Amy Hamilton

Before the recession, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership’s duty of recruiting new businesses was relatively easy. With the area bolstered by the oil and gas boom, businesses clamored to get a foothold in the rapidly growing Grand ...

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Central grad tapped for brigadier general

By Charles Ashby

No matter how high in rank Air Force Col. David Been gets, his Grand Junction mother still won’t salute him. That may have to change, though, when the U.S. Senate confirms this year’s list of Air Force colonels nominated by ...

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Network of charities comes through to form safety net for Toys for Tots

By Charles Ashby

Toys for Tots is back on the job. After the popular Marine Corps program was suspended last year when its longtime coordinator was no longer authorized to run the program in the Grand Valley, two area residents stepped up to do the job. When ...

Crimes-against-kids cases a major concern in budget negotiations

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The Mesa County Commission will thrash out the nearly $148 million budget for 2012 during a public hearing Monday. Commissioners for the last several weeks have dealt with a series of budget-related issues, such as deciding the level at which ...

120911 James Fletcher

State Patrol apologizes to Palisade man after court dismisses charges

By Paul Shockley

On Sundays, James Fletcher of Palisade regularly may have passed Don Moseman in the hallways of Canyon View Vineyard Church in Grand Junction. On a Saturday in June, Fletcher believes he illegally was arrested by Moseman. Fletcher said he ...

Home sales leap 33% in county

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Mesa County home sales jumped 33 percent in the first 11 months of 2011 compared with the first 11 months of 2010, according to a Bray Real Estate report released this week. January through November, 2,085 homes were sold in the county, which ...

School funding method illegal, judge says

By Charles Ashby

A Denver District Court judge dropped a bombshell ruling late Friday, saying the way the state funds public schools is not thorough and uniform as called for in the Colorado Constitution. The ruling, which is more than 180 pages long, ...

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