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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 ...

Garfield County connected to sex-offender registry website

By Staff

Garfield County residents now will be able to check online for sex offenders in their area. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department recently signed an agreement with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to be added to the ...

Parents surveyed on what leads to teen pregnancy

By Staff

A lack of parental involvement is the greatest contributing factor to teen pregnancy in Mesa County, according to parents who responded to an online survey recently conducted by the Mesa County Health Department. The survey, to which 126 ...


District debuts online school

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About 120 students attended the first day of school Wednesday at School District 51 without leaving home. Students of Grande River Virtual Academy, District 51’s first online school for kindergarten through 12th-grade students, use ...

Fruita panel will weigh lifting of tax limits again

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The Fruita City Council has appointed a citizens committee to study the effects of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights on the city and recommend whether to ask voters to approve a revenue-retention measure next year. Since voters in 1992 ...

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