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Attendance improving for chronically absent in District 51 schools

By Emily Shockley

A four-year state grant that created six new jobs in District 51 geared toward getting chronically absent students back into school will reach the end of its funding cycle next year. The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services, or EARSS, grant ...

County hires financial officer

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County’s newly hired chief financial officer’s first tasks will include going over the county’s 2016 budget prospects, estimating how much the county can afford to spend on salary and benefit increases next year and ...

Domestic case assistance available April 27

By Staff

Domestic Resource Day set Wednesday is the deadline to register for a free legal assistance class April 27 at the Mesa County Justice Center, 125 N. Spruce St. The daylong seminar is geared toward residents who are representing themselves ...


Costs soar in unusual murder case

By Paul Shockley

Facts alleged against Steven Scott Spiess aren’t particularly complicated at first glance. But authorities say just about everything else in Spiess’ situation is. Veteran Mesa County prosecutors have thrown around descriptors ...

Aspen asks how Ute plans use of its water

By Gary Harmon

Aspen and Pitkin County officials are raising questions about plans to send more water from Ruedi Reservoir down the Colorado River to benefit endangered fish. The water is owned by the Ute Water Conservancy District, which purchased 12,000 ...



By Greg Ruland

MONTROSE —The side that prevails in a protracted legal battle over Montrose County’s only hospital will expand its control of a county asset that generates nearly $200 million in gross revenue each year, but taxpayers and patients ...


Palisade abuzz for honeybee festival

By Greg Ruland

The sweetest annual event in Palisade buzzed with activity Saturday when hundreds of visitors swarmed the tiny town east of Grand Junction to shop for honey and learn about the secret lives of bees. The seventh-annual International Honeybee ...


Volunteers build trail in honor of beloved local

By Greg Ruland

Many of the more than 100 volunteers who worked for hours with picks and shovels Saturday to build a mile of the Time Machine trail and restore Three Sisters landscape never knew Tim Sewell. For those who did, sweat from building the trail, ...

Democrats, GOP praise state spending budget

By Charles Ashby

Despite arguments over some parts of the state’s $27 billion budget that the Colorado Legislature has been working on over the past two weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the political divide hailed the annual spending plan as one that ...

Traffic Alert, April 12, 2015

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: ■ F 1/4 Road Sewer Line Construction between 
24 1/2 Road and 25 Road: 
F 1/4 Road remains closed. Follow detours. ■ 2015 Sewer Line Replacement ...

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