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Garfield banker: Real estate biz bouncing back

By Dennis Webb

NEW CASTLE — It may not feel like it to homeowners, but Garfield and Pitkin counties’ real estate market is in the beginnings of a comeback, a local bank official said. “We have already seen a reversal. We are off the bottom ...

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State plans to add beds, not close Rifle prison

By Dennis Webb

Amid concern that the Rifle Correctional Center again might be targeted for closure for budget reasons, the Colorado Department of Corrections says plans are not just to keep it open, but to add some beds. Local officials recently became ...

Bill would reduce school spending cuts

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate panel approved a measure Wednesday to reduce the $250 million cut to school spending proposed for 2011-2012. How much less of a budget cut it would be isn’t known. Senate Bill 1 proposes to transfer to education ...

District 51 Vision school OK’d for 3 more years

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The Colorado Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to expand the life of a local home-schooling program by at least another three years. The board had to approve 15 waivers that were needed to open the Mesa Valley Vision Home and ...

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Laughter a handy tool for high-stress job

By Paul Shockley

Andee Nessler has been telling cops what to do for the past four years. And having a laugh or two doing it. Nessler, a dispatcher with the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center, is also among the best at what she does, so say her ...

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Man gets work release in shooting

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Delta County resident Paul Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days work release, 60 hours of public service and two years of probation as a result of a Nov. 23 assault of his Escalante Canyon Road neighbor John ...

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Feds: Parks, monuments managed equally

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Fears that the National Park Service would manage a national park differently than it would a national monument aren’t borne out in federal law. Others outside the National Park Service, however, might view parks differently than ...

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Deal kills spending on wild lands

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A provision of the budget deal reached Friday would prohibit funding of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s order calling for an inventory of wild lands in the West. The provision is part of the agreement reached by House Republicans, ...

Flight schools to join college in programs

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Western Colorado Community College is set to offer two new programs this fall for would-be pilots. If the programs receive final approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the community college will offer a technical ...

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Palisade turnaround earns Diers award from peers around state

By Amy Hamilton

Improved graduation rates, more advanced class offerings and higher-achieving students at Palisade High School haven’t gone unnoticed. Six years ago, Principal Matthew Diers laid out plans to improve student scores, although it meant ...

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