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Athletic fee waivers stay; cap introduced

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School District 51 will continue to waive fees next year for athletes who are homeless or in foster care, even as the district plans to increase athletic fees by $20 for middle school students and $40 for high school students. Athletic fees ...


District 51 must slash $5 million from budget

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School District 51 will eliminate at least 42 positions next year, de-fund two schools and downsize or possibly eliminate summer education as part of a budget-cutting plan for 2011–12. Superintendent Steve Schultz sent an email to all ...


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Officer’s suicide note proclaimed innocence

By Dennis Webb

A Carbondale police officer who killed himself while on duty said in a suicide letter that he had expected to be arrested the next day in connection with a sexual offense and was worried he would go to prison for a crime he didn’t ...


No dogs at some events downtown, council says

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members added more teeth to an ordinance Monday night that would ban dogs and any other pets at some downtown Grand Junction events, such as farmers markets. According to director Heidi Hoffman Ham of the Downtown ...


Ridgway Dam might generate electricity

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Ridgway Dam’s authorization anticipated that it would generate electricity, and more than two decades after it was completed, a water district is considering doing just that. Tri-County Water Conservancy District in Montrose is hoping ...


Bill would suspend some business tax

By Charles Ashby

Colorado businesses that purchase new equipment over the next two years would never have to pay business personal property tax on those articles under a bill approved by the Colorado House on Monday. But whether that measure will lead to an ...


More rock work planned in canyon

By Dennis Webb

Interstate 70 motorists should prepare for traffic stops in Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday and Thursday for rockfall work, and single-lane, two-way traffic and limited rest area access in parts of the canyon through June for a resurfacing ...


Study: Energy policy can be either boon or bane

By Dennis Webb

Proper tax and other policies can help both states and local governments maximize the benefits of fossil-fuel development while minimizing the challenges posed by its volatility, a new report concludes. The report, released by the ...


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County may reconfigure its districts for commissioners

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Orchard Mesa would fall under one Mesa County commissioner district and some Pear Park and Fruitvale residents would shift into a different district under a series of commissioner district boundary changes currently under ...


Bullying prevention will focus on bystanders next school year

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District 51 is hoping to get more reports of bullying from its students next year. That’s not because the district expects more students to taunt each other, but because it will spend the year encouraging students to report bullying ...


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