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Waitress, single mom who went back to college now directs Workforce Center

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Sue Tuffin was a single mother working as a waitress for 90 cents an hour when she decided she needed more. She had worked in a finance office while putting her then-husband through college and earned a certificate as a teenager from a ...


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Told to ‘dream big,’ Hospice leader did

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Christy Whitney calls herself a reluctant leader. She never imagined she would rise to president and chief executive officer of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado when she became a hospice volunteer in 1979 in Durango. It ...


Landscaping code now more flexible

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A recent series of changes to Mesa County’s land-development code will provide more landscaping options for new development in the county, a welcome change for builders who have long complained that the county’s standards were too ...


Paonia coal mine has links with energy-starved China

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International interest in Colorado coal is a welcome economic signal, but it doesn’t mean clean coal from the northwest will soon be sent across the Pacific Ocean, the head of the mining association said. State officials are pinning ...


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Neal promotes social studies for state tests

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Colorado Board of Education member Marcia Neal hopes Colorado legislators won’t dismiss the addition of social studies to state standardized testing as too expensive. The price tag of having five subject areas to test each year ...


Montrose council changes meeting day

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MONTROSE — Beginning Jan. 4, regular meetings of the Montrose City Council will take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The move from Mondays to Tuesdays is the only change to the schedule. Council work sessions will ...


White’s wife, McConnell to vie for Senate District 8

By Charles Ashby

Two people so far are vying to replace state Sen. Al White in Senate District 8, and one of them is his wife. White, a Hayden Republican, is resigning from the Colorado Senate effective Saturday to join Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper’s ...


Railroad club creates track-side memories for holiday show

By Rachel Sauer

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway never ran through western Colorado, but because it’s Christmastime, let’s pretend it did. Let’s say this silver bullet of a train, with its Warbonnet-style engine, wound between the ...


Internet providers frown on new FCC rules

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New rules approved last week by the Federal Communications Commission regarding Internet customers’ access to content are not needed and might not last, service providers said. The new rules, referred to as “net neutrality,” ...


Friends of Montrose library smile at book donations

By William Woody

MONTROSE — For years, the Friends of the Library organization has sold used books by the ton and used the proceeds to pay for reading programs that help keep the public involved with the Montrose Regional Library. The volunteer group ...


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