Western Colorado

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Colorado begins switch from coal to natural gas

By Charles Ashby

Though Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill Monday, it will be at least two years before western Colorado drillers see a benefit from the measure to convert coal-fired power plants to natural gas. That’s because Xcel Energy now has to go ...

Superintendent, district recognizes senior scholars

By Staff

School District 51 and Superintendent Steven D. Schultz honored graduating high school seniors who have achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA or better over the course of their four years in high school at a luncheon Monday at Two Rivers Convention ...

Uranium payments may rise

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A program that has paid out nearly $1.5 billion to uranium-industry employees would be expanded significantly under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill would enlarge the number of people who would be eligible for compensation ...

House panel OKs school funding measure

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The Colorado House Education Committee on Monday approved a resolution designed to inflate education funding by giving legislators control over increasing taxes to pay for schools. The 8-4 vote moved the measure to the House floor. House ...

Colorado House narrowly passes payday loan bill

By Charles Ashby

Payday lenders who don’t want to see their interest rates dramatically cut will turn their attention to the Colorado Senate. That’s because the House narrowly approved a measure Monday to cap their annual rates at 45 percent. ...

State speeds wildlife review for drilling

By Dennis Webb

State regulators say they have reduced their turnaround times for oil and gas permit applications subject to review by wildlife officials. The reviews were a major source of industry concern when they were required under a Colorado Oil and ...

High schools earn high praise, honors at music festival

By Melinda Mawdsley

Judging by the results of the weekend’s Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival, there isn’t one School District 51 high school that stands above the others. Each competing school earned a top honor. Central High ...

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Police use Taser on Fruita man who fled

By Melinda Mawdsley

A 28-year-old Fruita man was arrested Sunday after a traffic stop took a turn for the worse. He allegedly fled the scene and eventually was shot with a Taser gun. Travis Lee Lucero, 1022 E. Laura Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving ...

More apartments for city’s homeless depend on grant

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The vacant patch of land on the southwest corner of Pitkin Avenue and Third Street may become the site of 24, one-bedroom apartments for the homeless if grant funding comes through for Grand Valley Catholic Outreach. The apartments, which ...

School zones to be safer in Fruita

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Students should have a safer environment walking or biking to school in Fruita next fall, thanks to a recent grant. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Colorado Safe Routes to School program awarded the city $63,500, and city ...

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