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Half of District 51 schools are at or over capacity

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Voters who were certain school crowding in District 51 would right itself without 2008’s school bond measure were partially right. The prediction that enrollment would decrease at over-capacity schools as local unemployment increased ...

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Tiny Jurassic croc skull similar to Asian reptiles

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A tiny crocodile-like creature that died in the late Jurassic Period and whose skull was found in Delta County has been shown under a powerful new microscope to be significantly different from crocs of a similar age found in Mesa County. If ...

Grand Junction schools’ test scores to be used in global study

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Grand Mesa Middle School and West Middle School eighth-graders will be among students at 50 Colorado schools to participate in an international math and science assessment this year. Students in 51 countries will take the Trends in ...


New secretary of state plans to moonlight

By Charles Ashby

The secretary of state’s job doesn’t pay enough, and the Republican recently elected to that post wants to do some moonlighting to earn more, Scott Gessler confirmed Friday. Gessler, who defeated Grand Junction resident Bernie ...

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Habitual criminal pleads not guilty in escape

By Paul Shockley

A former Clifton man pleaded not guilty Friday to an escape charge, just under four months after his extradition from Mexico in the wake of his escape from the Mesa County Jail. Shane Edward Johnson, who turned 43 on Friday, entered his not ...

Bark beetles wreck 400,000 acres of forest in 2010

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The bark beetle claimed about 400,000 new acres of forests across northern and central Colorado last year, bringing to 4 million acres the lands affected by the bug, the U.S. Forest Service said. The spruce beetle, meanwhile, dramatically ...


GOP chairman seeks changes to nominations

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Colorado Republicans’ votes for president in the 2012 caucuses should count for something real in the national convention, state GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams said Friday. Wadhams advocated a plan by which Colorado’s delegates to the ...

Governor to keep Hotsenpiller as DA for 7th Judicial District

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Gov. John Hickenlooper named Dan W. Hotsenpiller as district attorney for the 7th Judicial District on Friday. He’s the same man Chief District Judge Steven Patrick tapped as interim district attorney after he barred former district ...

Fruita now boasts Mesa County’s ‘flagship’ library

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When the Mesa County Public Library District tried and failed twice back in the mid-2000s to push through tax increases to build a new central library, some opponents charged that library administrators needed to focus on the outlying ...

City: Audit coming on Pinon Grill

By Paul Shockley

Alleged discrepancies in the finances of a food vendor, under contract with the city of Grand Junction for the past 14 years, will be the focus of an audit, Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich told the City Council on Thursday ...

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