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Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

GRAND JUNCTION — For Paul Pitton, the turning point came the night a mob of irate parents disrupted a Mesa Valley School District 51 board meeting and sent Pitton and his colleagues fleeing through a back door, under police escort.   The 42-year veteran educator later resigned from the school board, rattled by the latest […]

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Weld County trial begins for man accused in 1984 cold case killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press  A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate on trial in the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl wasn’t even remotely considered a suspect to law enforcement until his obsession with the crime and incessant visits to talk with police about it provided clues that turned him into the suspect, […]

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Greeley is growing so fast, it’s starting to run out of water

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press GREELEY — “Go West, young man,” Horace Greeley famously urged. The problem for the northern Colorado town that bears the 19th-century newspaper editor’s name: Too many people have heeded his advice. By the tens of thousands newcomers have been streaming into Greeley — so much so that the city […]

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How Colorado counts kids eligible for subsidized lunch is a recipe for school budget disaster

As the pandemic closed schools and businesses and put livelihoods on the line last year, Colorado state lawmakers predicted many more students would fall into poverty — about 51,000 more. But the state counted about 3,000 fewer students living in poverty — also known as at-risk students — than the number tallied during the 2019-20 […]

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JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley shuts down so workers can get COVID-19 vaccine shots

GREELEY— A Colorado meatpacking plant that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak last year suspended operations Friday so that workers could receive COVID-19 vaccines on-site. Workers at the JBS USA-owned plant received their shots in a temporary clinic set up in a hallway, The Greeley Tribune reported. More employees will be vaccinated Saturday in a partnership […]

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UNC program prepares students with intellectual, developmental disabilities for competitive jobs

GREELEY — Corey Pierce was strolling through McKee Hall one day in the fall of 2019 when he came across a group of students standing polished in suits and dresses, almost as if they were on their way to prom. The students, however, had donned their formal attire for mock job interviews. For Pierce, director […]

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Workers at Greeley meatpacking plant where 500 were sickened by coronavirus will be vaccinated

By Josh Funk, The Associated Press Meatpacking workers across the country have started receiving coronavirus vaccines and thousands more will have a chance to get their shots this week, offering some peace of mind in an industry that was ravaged by COVID-19 a year ago. “There’s a level of relief to know they are finally […]