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Gardens get a little help from a friend

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The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, which has struggled financially for several years, is receiving some assistance from a fellow nonprofit organization and could enter into a long-term operational partnership with that agency. The ...


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Shelter outgrows its building

By Amy Hamilton

Every night and morning, guests replay a familiar game to jockey for space at the Homeward Bound homeless shelter. Because there aren’t enough bunks to house everyone, mattresses and bedding are pulled out for people to spread out on ...


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Home-food business bills find favor in first hearings

By Charles Ashby

Committees in the Colorado House and Senate on Thursday simultaneously heard two bills introduced by local lawmakers designed to help Coloradans create their own home-food businesses. While the House Economic & Business Development ...


District 50 refinances bonds

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Plateau Valley School District 50 plans to pay off a series of 2004 bonds as soon as 2018 following a refinancing of the bonds this week. Plateau Valley’s School Board voted Jan. 18 to allow the district to refinance the bonds, which ...


Feds, police arrest suspect in four Arizona robberies

By Paul Shockley

A man suspected of robbing four banks in Arizona during recent weeks was arrested Wednesday at a Horizon Drive hotel. John Wilson, 33, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Super 8 Hotel, 728 Horizon Drive, ...


Tipton vulnerable in House race, Democratic poll claims

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is one of several Republicans vulnerable in this year’s elections, a Democratic-paid poll showed Wednesday. The poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, which was paid for by the left-leaning House Majority PAC, ...


Bill would alter way counties vote for boards

By Charles Ashby

Most of Colorado’s counties would be able to hold commissioner elections by district rather than countywide under a bill that won approval in a House committee Wednesday. Current law requires commissioners in less-populated counties to ...


Silt names properties ‘blighted’

By Dennis Webb

SILT — For years, Silt’s board of trustees envisioned a better downtown, one with more sidewalks and trees, fewer vacant storefronts, and more than anything, a grocery store — Silt’s own grocery store. “I hate ...


Both sides of oil shale presented

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Fourteen Grand Valley high school students saw dueling visions of the future of oil shale Tuesday night at Colorado Mesa University. Oil shale, one expert said, is emerging from the “too-hard-to-do file.” There’s a reason ...


Bishop backs lower tuition for immigrants

By Charles Ashby

Tillie Bishop reserves the right to change his mind, and that’s exactly what he has done. The former state lawmaker and current member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents now believes the children of illegal immigrants should ...


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