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Delta man gets 20 years in 2-year-old boy’s death

By Paul Shockley

A Delta man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the death of a toddler boy. Lukus Koch, 28, will serve an additional five years of parole under the terms handed down Monday by District Judge Charles Greenacre, according to ...

Victim forgives driver in DUI

By Paul Shockley

Kevin Bascue’s legs were shattered by a drunken driver, leading to 10 surgeries and more dates to come under the knife. But on Monday, Bascue told a judge mercy should be extended to the person who put him in that ...

Mountain College begins four-year studies program

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Mountain College opened a new chapter Monday as its first-ever four-year college students started their studies. As of Friday, 137 students were enrolled in the school’s new bachelor programs and also are taking 300-level, or ...

2011 Ouray Highgraders holidays

By William Woody

Dozens of miners from across the west compete in Ouray for the 2011 Highgrader’s Holidays. The two-day festival, held Saturday and Sunday, featured timed competition in various mining practices such as drilling and mucking.  ...

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Bears in the neighborhood

By Dennis Webb

As a department head at Colorado State University, biologist Ken Wilson doesn’t get out into the field as much as he might like. But he was able to participate some with the school in its role in a five-year bear study in the Aspen ...

Utah’s oil shale efforts could benefit schools

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Utah schoolchildren would be among the most fortunate beneficiaries if efforts to pull oil from shale ever pan out there. Several companies, many with headquarters outside the United States, are working to develop oil shale on lands ...

BLM seeks comment on land for police academy

By Melinda Mawdsley

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comment about a decision to transfer 80 acres to Colorado Mesa University for construction and operation of a Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy and the Mesa County Regional Public Safety ...

Shelter organizer driven by homeless experience as youth

By Rachel Sauer

Mike Bambino remembers what it was like to be 13 and have nowhere to go. “My dad was an alcoholic, my mom had died, our home life was a mess,” recalled Bambino, who owns Dare to Car-e Auto. “I wasn’t a bad kid. ...

Mesa County urges preparation for disasters

By Staff

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and Mesa County officials encourage residents to be able to be self-sustaining for at least three days should a major disaster strike. Mesa County commissioners will adopt a proclamation for ...

Tipton challenger assails Republicans over payroll tax

By Charles Ashby

The roles have been reversed when it comes to which party in Congress is willing to raise taxes. After months of saying no increased tax was a good idea, particularly during the current economic conditions, Republicans say they now are ...

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