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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 ...


Garfield studies not part of EPA fracturing probe

By Dennis Webb

A draft Environmental Protection Agency plan for looking into concerns about hydraulic fracturing’s possible impacts on drinking water doesn’t include any of several Garfield County sites that have been proposed for case ...


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Big snow day in valley

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It didn’t quite compare to the “snowpocalypse” inundating the Eastern and Midwestern United States with flurries, but Grand Junction got more snow Tuesday than it received during the entire month of January. Two inches of ...


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GJ business owner takes Club 20 helm

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Bonnie Petersen, a Western Slope native whose background includes owning her own business and representing Qwest Communications, is the new head of Club 20. Petersen, 57, whose family history in western Colorado reaches back to before the ...


DA delays decision on whether to charge woman with abduction of kin

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County prosecutor on Tuesday said he needs more time to decide if a 72-year-old woman will face criminal charges in the alleged abduction of her great-grandson. Rosa Mae Welker, of Grand Junction, appeared free on bond and was ...


Audit revealed $2,600 owed, grill owner says

By Amy Hamilton

An audit of Pinon Grill revealed the restaurant owed the city $2,600 over six years, according to the restaurant’s owner, Steve Hoefer. The prospect that the restaurant at the Tiara Rado Golf Course would face an audit was brought up ...


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