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Lawmakers miss redistricting deadline

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Legislature’s attempt to draw new congressional districts went down in flames in a Senate committee Tuesday, sending the measure to the courts as a result. The instant the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs ...


Oxbow moves toward opening second mine

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Oxbow Mining LLC is looking at opening another mine on much-mined Oak Mesa in Delta County. Oxbow applied for permits to drill in the area to determine the amount of coal remaining on Oak Mesa. Oxbow is considering where to mine next after ...


Payday-loan measure alive as amendment to rules bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A failed measure that would have reversed tighter controls on fees that payday lenders can charge found new life Tuesday in an unexpected way. On the second to the last day of the 2011 session, Republicans who control the ...


Scott proposal on reform of oil, gas panel among bills expired at Capitol

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It will be too late for some ideas when the 2011 Legislature adjourns today. Several bills died Tuesday because lawmakers failed to debate them on the floor or even assign them to a committee for a hearing. Among them was the ...


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Special Olympians hold nothing back

By Rachel Sauer

When it happened before, not very far into Daylon McCaskill’s 50-yard dash, the tumble was tremendous enough to leave a scar on the side of his face. His palms were hamburger, his knees a bloody mess, but he scrambled up and raced for ...


Clifton students make big gains in CSAP scores

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A turnaround plan at Clifton Elementary is helping boost test scores at the school. The first Colorado Student Assessment Program data to be released for 2011, third-grade reading scores, revealed 74 percent of third-graders at Clifton ...


Chinese visitors blossom on valley tourism scene

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Debbie Kovalik and Barbara Bowman are veterans of the international-travel trade-show circuit, having stuffed their suitcases with brochures and guides every year for the last 20 years in an attempt to draw tourists from around the world to ...


Judge: Parties should settle hospital dispute

By William Woody

MONTROSE — As legal fees on both sides mount, Montrose District Judge Jeff Herron asked the Montrose County Commission and Montrose Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees to settle their dispute outside of court before he makes his ...


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Orchard Mesa neighbors say Bobby Bash concerns not heard

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Living in the shadow of the Mesa County Fairgrounds grandstand for the past 20 years, Scott Foster has learned to adjust to the noise, traffic and dust from the county fair, which predated his arrival in the Grand Valley. He’s learned to ...


Garfield County settles 2006 inmate-abuse lawsuit

By Dennis Webb

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department has settled a 5-year-old lawsuit in which the American Civil Liberties Union had accused it of inmate abuses including inappropriate use of force. The Sheriff’s Department in a news ...


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