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County jobless rate eases in March

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The March unemployment rate in Mesa County dipped below 11 percent after two months at 11.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 10.7 percent in March, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. A ...

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Blurred lines: Parties split on redrawing congressional boundaries

By Charles Ashby

When it first started out, the bipartisan legislative panel to redraw congressional districts was known around the Colorado Capitol as the “Kumbaya Committee” because lawmakers on it seemed to be getting along. But after Democrats ...

Convenience beer bill dies after support erodes

By Charles Ashby

Realizing that she lost whatever support she once had on her measure to allow convenience stores to sell full-strength beer, Sen. Betty Boyd killed her own bill Tuesday. The Lakewood Democrat said support quickly eroded after she introduced ...

Xcel tiered rate plan debated in House

By Charles Ashby

Xcel Energy’s tiered rate has caused consumers to pay higher utility bills than they should, Rep. Ray Scott told the Colorado House on Tuesday. Not so, said Rep. Max Tyler, D-Golden. The utility’s summertime rates are designed to ...

Poll: Most homeless are not transients

By Amy Hamilton

Homelessness in the Grand Valley continues to pose challenges, according to a study conducted by the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless. A survey released Tuesday reports statistics on homeless people who were interviewed by volunteers ...

Athletic fee waivers stay; cap introduced

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School District 51 will continue to waive fees next year for athletes who are homeless or in foster care, even as the district plans to increase athletic fees by $20 for middle school students and $40 for high school students. Athletic fees ...

District 51 must slash $5 million from budget

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School District 51 will eliminate at least 42 positions next year, de-fund two schools and downsize or possibly eliminate summer education as part of a budget-cutting plan for 2011–12. Superintendent Steve Schultz sent an email to all ...

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Officer’s suicide note proclaimed innocence

By Dennis Webb

A Carbondale police officer who killed himself while on duty said in a suicide letter that he had expected to be arrested the next day in connection with a sexual offense and was worried he would go to prison for a crime he didn’t ...

No dogs at some events downtown, council says

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members added more teeth to an ordinance Monday night that would ban dogs and any other pets at some downtown Grand Junction events, such as farmers markets. According to director Heidi Hoffman Ham of the Downtown ...

Ridgway Dam might generate electricity

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Ridgway Dam’s authorization anticipated that it would generate electricity, and more than two decades after it was completed, a water district is considering doing just that. Tri-County Water Conservancy District in Montrose is hoping ...

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