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Grand jury to take on case of medicinal pot growing

By Paul Shockley

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Thursday that two of his deputies are presenting evidence to a Mesa County grand jury in the investigation of a local, large-scale, marijuana-grow operation. Hautzinger didn’t identify the grand ...

Area athletes attending CU say conference move not unexpected

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Football might be getting most of the attention in the University of Colorado’s move to the Pacific-10 Conference, but every athletic team will be affected. The move won’t happen for two years, when Holly Odneal, a Palisade High ...


Brits OK extradition of suspect in murder

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The United Kingdom secretary of state on Thursday ordered the extradition of a British man accused of killing his wife in western Colorado in 1997, although the suspect can still appeal his transfer to the U.S. to face trial. The Garfield ...

Norton opposes wilderness plans

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U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton said she opposes legislation that would establish more than 40 new wilderness areas in western Colorado, contending they were dictated from Denver and Washington D.C. The wilderness areas proposed by Reps. ...

Fire destroys home near New Castle

By Staff

A fire destroyed a home near New Castle on Thursday afternoon, but firefighters managed to contain a resultant wildfire that threatened nearby homes. The exact cause of the fire at 982 County Road 245 remains under investigation, according to ...

New school opening in Plateau Valley

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Molina Baptist Church Pastor Kyle VanArsdol worried about the responsibility of home-schooling. Then his wife’s relatives in Texas told him about a school there that combines home-schooling and private Christian ...

Senator: Reining in earmarks would boost image of Congress

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A measure that would require audits of congressional earmarks and ban those that benefit private companies would improve the image of Congress, according to Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Bennet’s Clean Up Earmarks Act of 2010 would offer ...

Basalt dodges floods despite full reservoir

By Staff

Authorities voiced relief after the Basalt area escaped serious flooding Thursday despite the fact an upstream reservoir had reached capacity. Although Ruedi Reservoir filled, it failed to do more than splash a bit over the spillway, rather ...

Garfield RE-2 names new superintendent

By Staff

Susan Birdsey has been named superintendent of Garfield School District RE-2. Birdsey has been the district’s assistant superintendent since 2008 and has been with the district since 2005. Birdsey was the only finalist for the ...

Wildlife, pets both benefit from bills signed into law Wednesday

By Charles Ashby

Wildlife will be safer on some state highways, and pets soon will benefit from some license plates under two bills Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law Wednesday. The first measure requires the Colorado Department of Transportation to identify up ...

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