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Marching musicians, guard win top honors

By Melinda Mawdsley

The Palisade High School Marching Band didn’t need any smoke and mirrors to trick judges into naming it the best marching band of all Saturday. Well, maybe it needed the mirrors. The combination of Palisade’s parade score, drum ...

Fire crews try to keep Colo. fire away from homes

By The AP

DENVER — Firefighters are focusing on keeping a 450-acre wildfire away from homes in the central Colorado mountains. Crews were digging containment lines at the fire 5 miles northwest of Fraser today, a day after it was reported. The ...

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Authorities seek brothers in assaults; 2 in hospital

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction Police officers were seeking two brothers in connection with the assault of a woman and the assault of two men with a pickup truck early Sunday. Two victims were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries, with ...

Country music star Murphey on slate for Knife and Fork Club

By Staff

The Bookcliff Knife and Fork Club will hear from a country-music legend, a former White House chef and a report on “The Mystery of Afghanistan” this season. Michael Martin Murphey will start the 2010–2011 season of the club ...

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Window dressing for high school memories

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

One downtown display window is being used for more than just window shopping — it’s providing a way for people to share memories of homecomings past. Vintage West, formerly known as the Blue River Trading Co. at 441 Main St., has ...

Achievement gap in Mesa County is narrowing for some, but still there

By Emily Shockley

From the time he started work in a restaurant at age 12, Mathew Zamora knew he had to graduate high school. His co-workers told similar stories of dropping out when drugs or alcohol or life got in the way. Grades were never much of a topic in ...

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Their stories: ‘I never doubted I’d make it through’

By Rachel Sauer

Debbie Cole had breast cancer seven years ago, or maybe eight. She can’t remember, exactly. Oh, she could dig out the box of medical records and rifle through it, but ... why? She’s Debbie, not Cancer. She found the lump, she had ...

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Their stories: ‘I’m getting ready to move on’

By Rachel Sauer

“My name is Megan Kemmis, I’m 25, I’ve been married three years and I have a 2-year-old son…” (“Ooh, thank you, honey. Do you want a ball? How’s that?”) “...and I’m stage four ...

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Their stories: ‘You’ve got to laugh’

By Rachel Sauer

Somewhere in the post-mastectomy fog, lying in a hospital bed and having a meandering chat with her two best friends, Kate Holmes realized the conversation had turned to religion. Keep in mind, one of the friends had lost her mother to cancer ...

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Their stories: ‘It’s hard being the sick person’

By Rachel Sauer

Well, here comes a tall drink of water. She doesn’t walk so much as glide, adding a pinch of boom-chicka-boom to keep it interesting. You want to look at her chest? Go ahead. She’s got nothing to hide, none of this “eyes up ...

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