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9/11 touched some in a personal way

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The tragic events of 9/11 affected all Americans, including people in the Grand Valley, some of whom were traveling or had loved ones on airplanes. Some were living in New York City and Washington, D.C. Several knew someone who died. Here ...

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Public schools, CMU, working 9/11 into studies

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Few students have to be taught something tragic happened on Sept. 11, 2011. They either remember the day or have heard about it their whole lives. Still, lessons related to that day have worked their way into various classes at Colorado Mesa ...

Penry: A ‘surreal, unthinkable scene’

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For Josh Penry, then a staffer for U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., the boldest, most disturbing image of Sept. 11, 2001, was the look on the face of a co-worker. Liz Howell was a colleague on the staff of the House Resources Committee, and ...

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Long Island native remembers uncle on 9/11

By Melinda Mawdsley

Ten years have passed since terrorists killed Abby Simpson’s uncle. For the Long Island native, the events of 9/11 reshaped her family and changed the New York City skyline of her childhood. The date of Sept. 11 has been a difficult ...

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Sept. 10 Horse Racing

By William Woody

Photographs from Saturday’s Black Canyon Horse Racing Association racing at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.  ...

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Trade Center debris serves as reminder in downtown

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

On the southwest corner of Seventh and Main streets resides local sculptor Pat Olson’s memorial to 9/11, a piece that addresses the tragedy in various ways and includes an element Olson couldn’t create on his own: a steel beam from ...


Sen. Campbell went to 7-11 for news

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One of the 100 most powerful people in the nation that morning, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., suddenly became just another American trying to get a grip on a new reality as the morning progressed on Sept. 11, 2001. Told by a security ...


Law enforcement leaders recall concern, uncertainty on tragic day

By Paul Shockley

John Camper was the day’s watch commander at the Lakewood Police Department on Sept. 11, 2001. In Santa Fe, N.M., then-Lt. Stan Hilkey was at the New Mexico State Police Academy in a training class that was interrupted that day when the ...

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Expressions of appreciation for firefighters continue

By Staff

The duties of firefighters and paramedics were no different or less important prior to the morning that forever changed this country than they are today. Some days, they’re plucking a wayward dog out of a tree. Others, they’re ...

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Fruita girl understands why not everyone happy on her birthday

By Melinda Mawdsley

Sweet and innocent, with freckles and a row of braces, Mariah Hanson just wants to have a fun birthday, but she knows not everyone is happy, particularly this year. Her mother has told her why. On this day 10 years ago, not only was Mariah ...

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