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School district to debut new gifted concept

By Emily Shockley

A few District 51 elementary schools are set to pilot a system next fall that specializes learning for advanced students through so-called cluster grouping. The educational concept recommends placing a handful of gifted and talented students ...


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Tennessee firm wins $137,000 contract to market area to new employers

By Greg Ruland

A Nashville, Tennessee, consulting firm won a $137,000 contract from the Grand Junction City Council last week to spend the next six months devising an economic development marketing plan intended to attract new employers to Mesa County. A ...


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McLaughlin, 21, allegedly broke 3-month-old son’s arm

By Mike Wiggins

A Fruita man has been arrested after he allegedly admitted to losing his temper and breaking his 3-month-old son’s arm. Zachary Lee McLaughlin, 21, told a Mesa County sheriff’s investigator a number of different stories about how ...


Gas field meeting by task force broke law, Scott claims

By Dennis Webb

State Rep. Ray Scott says a recent tour of Garfield County oil and gas facilities by members of a new state task force violated Colorado’s open meetings law. Others are also questioning the state’s handling of the tour, which ...


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Trail named for local geology teacher opens

By Charles Ashby

Family and friends of a well-known Fruita Monument High School teacher and avid hiker gathered at a dedication ceremony Saturday to mark the completion of something they had started years ago. Now anyone who frequents McInnis Canyons National ...


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War of negative words

By Charles Ashby

The Republican candidate for Senate District 5 is promoting white supremacy. The Democratic candidate for that same Colorado legislative office wants to abort female babies. The GOP candidate, Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes, also hates Little ...


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Denver DA won’t pursue King matter

By Charles Ashby

The Denver District Attorney’s Office will not file charges against state Sen. Steve King because there is insufficient evidence to prove he violated state disclosure laws, officials in that office said. Chief Deputy District Attorney ...


Traffic Alert, Oct. 19, 2014

By Staff

Road construction and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: ■ H Road Bridge Deck Replacement East of 27 Road: H Road is closed between 27 Road and 27 1/4 Road. Detour route is in place utilizing Crossroads Boulevard. ...


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Palisade eyes Cameo site for sport shooting

By Kathleen Goddeyne

Palisade town officials are taking aim to purchase property for a sports shooting complex in Mesa County. Palisade trustees unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week, confirming the town is ...


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County candidates debate monument status, energy

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County Commissioner candidates Scott McInnis and Mark Williams spent much of a 30-minute debate Friday afternoon at a Redlands Rotary Club meeting pointing out their differences. Williams, an attorney and the Democratic candidate for the ...


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