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8th publisher exits Free Press

By Staff

The eighth in a rapid succession of publishers for the Grand Junction Free Press has left the weekly paper after four months. Kim Burner was selected publisher and general manager in August, according to the Free Press. The paper is owned by ...


County OKs slimmer, $130 million budget

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Mesa County will start 2011 with a $130 million budget, down 8.4 percent and nearly 44 jobs smaller than the one with which it began 2010. The Mesa County Commission unanimously approved the 2011 spending plan on Monday after noting it is the ...


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Wolverine threatened but won’t be protected, agency says

By Dennis Webb

Climate change could undo a hundred years of recovery by the wolverine in the Lower 48 states, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review concluding the animal warrants but is precluded from receiving protection under the Endangered ...


State computers at risk of cyber attack

By Charles Ashby

WikiLeaks and Mesa County aren’t the only ones releasing sensitive information these days. A state audit issued Monday shows the governor’s Office of Cyber Security isn’t properly overseeing the security of the state’s ...


Healthy lunch act in; Frito pie, nachos out at District 51 schools

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Most of the school lunch changes requested in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 already have been made in School District 51. The signing of the bill Monday by President Barack Obama simply means more federal money to help fund those ...


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Montrose food bank tries to meet need

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Oneda Doyal watches from an office window as people enter and leave, pushing shopping carts full of donated food — three days’ worth to be exact. As the executive director of the Sharing Ministries food bank, 121 ...


Private meetings between trustees possibly illegal

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A series of private meetings between Montrose Memorial Hospital trustees prior to approving a new hospital lease this fall may have violated open-meeting laws, according to an attorney for the Colorado Press Association. Two ...


PUC vote pits coal vs. natural gas industries

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The Colorado coal mining industry plans to fight a government-ordered change from coal-fired to natural gas-fired electricity on the Front Range. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is to take a final vote Wednesday on carrying out House ...


DA staff caught in county data breach

By Paul Shockley

Information associated with staff of the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office was among records exposed online in Mesa County’s massive data breach, prosecutors said Sunday. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said names, dates of ...


Meis tried to sway cop about ticket

By Paul Shockley

Stopped for speeding by a Grand Junction Police Department officer, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis raised his elected position with the officer, but insisted he wasn’t trying to influence the officer’s handling of the ...


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