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Vets’ hookah lounge set to reopen

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Army sergeants Jared Kassaw and Matthew Blum spent many evenings relaxing with their comrades over a hookah while serving two tours of duty in the Middle East. They say many soldiers currently serving overseas enjoy the area’s cultural ...

Bill raises bar for passage of ballot measures

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill into the Legislature that would make it harder to change the Colorado Constitution. The move, they said, is necessary to discourage ballot measures that most voters do not ...

Club 20 wants the state, not feds, in charge of health-care exchange

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The state of Colorado, not the federal government, should be in charge of health-insurance exchanges, a Club 20 committee said Wednesday. The health care committee, which led the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization to support ...

Roadwork by mall to resume

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Construction is scheduled to resume Monday on U.S. Highway 6&50 between 24 and 24 3/4 roads by Mesa Mall. The $11 million project funded by FASTER vehicle-registration dollars began in mid-July and went on hiatus just before Thanksgiving. ...

Hung jury stops trial in Rangely hatchet slaying

By Dennis Webb

A lone juror in a trial lasting more than a month Meeker prevented conviction of a man in the hatchet slaying of his father in Rangely. Others who weighed the defendant’s fate alternately described the circumstance of a holdout juror ...

Bill to let college workers opt out of state system advances

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would allow current Mesa State College employees the ability to opt out of the state personnel system won preliminary approval Wednesday in the Colorado House. The bill’s lack of such a choice for future ...

District 51 surpasses state graduation rate

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School District 51’s graduation rate surpassed the state’s for the first time in district history last year, when 74 percent of students who started as ninth-graders in fall 2006 graduated from a local high school in spring ...

Legal notices to remain in newspapers after bills die

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two similar measures that would have ended the requirement that counties publish public notices in community newspapers died in different committees Wednesday. After about a half hour of testimony, Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand ...

Flights to expand for sheriff’s chopper

By Paul Shockley

Federal authorities signed off on a request for expanded use of a pilotless helicopter by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. The Draganflyer X6, an unmanned aerial system that has been tested by the department on a limited basis for ...

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Police investigating deaths of two men

By Paul Shockley

Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death of a man whose body was found along a residential sidewalk Wednesday morning in downtown Grand Junction, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. A woman walking to work around 6 ...

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