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New teacher tenure law concerns union chief

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Gov. Bill Ritter will sign Senate Bill 191 into law today, altering how tenure and evaluations work in Colorado schools. Teachers will have to demonstrate effectiveness for three consecutive years before earning tenure, officially known as ...

Fruita police await autopsy of woman found dead in pond

By Staff

Fruita police are awaiting the results of an autopsy being done on a 59-year-old Fruita woman who was found dead Wednesday morning in a landscaping pond in her backyard. Fruita police received the call just after 8 a.m. about the woman who ...

Ruling delayed over rare flower in energy area

By Dennis Webb

A Colorado judge declined to rule Wednesday on whether a rare northwest Colorado wildflower should be reconsidered for Endangered Species Act protection. U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller had been expected to issue a decision, but ...

Businesses to receive insurer dividends

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Mesa County businesses insured by Pinnacol Assurance are getting $2.1 million back in the form of dividends from the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The checks are part of Pinnacol’s sixth ...

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Emergency medical personnel honored

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Standing 12 stories above the Grand Valley, on St. Mary’s Hospital’s CareFlight helipad Wednesday morning, Hannah Trackler recalled the day she helped save a life. Trackler, a 15-year-old sophomore at Grand Junction High School, ...


Crystal Dam release

By William Woody

The U.S. Reclamation Bureau releases water over the Crystal Dam to improve the natural habitat of the Gunnison river through the Black Canyon near Montrose Colo., May 18, 2010.  ...

Three-block section of downtown to be open to pedestrians Friday

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Main Street from First to Fourth Street will open to pedestrians beginning Friday evening. To celebrate the occasion, a block party will take place on the site of the first phase of the Downtown Uplift project from 5 to 9 p.m. Fencing and ...

GOP candidates get ready for a showdown

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With just days before Colorado Republicans take their first measure of them, candidates and their backers are gearing up for their first direct confrontations. The two Republicans vying for the nomination for the 3rd Congressional District, ...

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Blagg denied new trial over juror’s sight

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County’s chief judge Tuesday denied a motion for a new trial for convicted murderer Michael Blagg, saying Blagg’s attorneys failed to show how a juror’s acknowledged vision problems deprived him of a fair ...

Boomers nightclub closes, but will reopen

By Charles Ashby

Boomers Nightclub & Restaurant closed Tuesday, but local music lovers shouldn’t worry too much. The Main Street establishment known for its live bands is to be reopened within a few weeks by the Grand Junction man who started it ...

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