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House district debate draws three candidates

By Charles Ashby

The three candidates for House District 61 met face to face to face at the Club 20 debates Saturday. The only race to have three major contenders — a Republican, a Democrat and an unaffiliated incumbent — crowded the stage at Two ...

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Area farmers help feed home-grown students

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Last week, schools across the state celebrated Colorado Proud School Meal Day, which was proclaimed by Gov. Bill Ritter to promote local foods in school-lunch programs and educated students about making healthy eating choices, all in an effort ...

Senate District 7 debate a heated one

By Charles Ashby

The two candidates for Senate District 7 had at each other during the Club 20 debates Saturday. Rep. Steve King accused his Democratic challenger of being a tax-and-spend liberal, while Claudette Konola questioned the Grand Junction ...

Summer season brings growth in numbers at national monument

By Paul Shockley

Evergreen resident Jo Ann Watts has made countless treks through Rocky Mountain National Park and other Front Range gems. But on a sun-drenched, cool Saturday, Watts, 66, took in her second tour of Colorado National Monument in as many years, ...

Bennet critical of Obama over Guantanamo

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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., criticized the Obama administration Saturday, saying it apparently had no plan for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists when the president first promised it would be shut down. President ...

Weekly Planner: Sept. 12-18

By Staff

Sunday, Sept. 12 Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge, Montrose Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave., Montrose, 2 p.m., program on “The Vasa Story,” presented by lodge president Thor Groswold, take a dish for the old fashion ...

Fried chicken heats up judges at Pork and Hops

By Paul Shockley

Word to the wise for anyone looking to impress Tennessee resident and barbecue guru Arlie Bragg: Don’t fry chicken in a barbecue contest. Bragg, who organized this year’s Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge on Saturday in Lincoln ...

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Debate wide-ranging, lively for governor hopefuls

By Charles Ashby

Although supporters for Democrat John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes got rowdy at times, both candidates agreed they had a lively debate Saturday at the Club 20 Fall Meeting at Two Rivers Conference Center. From immigration to jobs to ...

Coroner: Use of helmet would have saved rider

By Paul Shockley

A helmet would have saved the life of a motorcyclist who died in a traffic accident near Mesa Mall on Friday, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said. Ellis Marvin Jensen, 47, of Riverdale, Utah, suffered multiple injuries in what was ...

Study: Parks a huge economic boon to state

By Dave Buchanan

Visitors to Colorado State Parks in 2008-09 spent about $396 million statewide with businesses located within 50 miles of a park, according to a recent study released by Colorado State Parks. The James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, which ...

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