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For Maine reverend, it's church island-style Congregation Sams bonds shanrg com cfKwwder, common way of fife page 4A Don't miss Japanese red flowering quince Get some early spring flowers in the garden with fiowenng quince See page 123 Swinging in the wind Mesa State earns a dual meet tennis victory over CSU-Pueblo in some brisk conditions See page 3B WESTERN COLORADOS CHRONICLE OF RECORD SINCE 1893 Copyright 2005 The Daily Sentinel Ail rights reserved April 9, 2005 Grand Junction, Colorado 112, No. 141 34 pages, 50 cents newsstand 9 sto Crowd calls for popes sainthood College wants rights to roads for expansion By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS College asks city to vacate streets Mesa State seeks growth on campus Orchard Ave. Mesa State Ceffege Cimpis TATICAN CITY The avenue lead-V ing to St Peters Square was crammed with pilgrims as far as the eye could see, yet the cool morning air was silent as the homily began. Suddenly, a cry rose up and spread quickly through the hundreds of thousands of faithful: Santo! Santo! Santo! Even before John Paul II was carried to his grave Friday, mourners appealed to the church to canonize their first global pope. The call echoed throughout the unprecedented gathering of the mighty and the meek. Some carried banners reading Santo Subito Immediate Sainthood. Im here not only to pray for him, but also to pray tp 4 him, because IfcqUeye he'? Jri Therese Ivers, 24, of Ventura, high Around the world, tens of millions followed the funeral rites in their homes, in overflowing churches and on giant television screens set up in fields, sports stadiums and town squares. They wept, sang and applauded the self-proclaimed pilgrim pope who spread his message erf peace, restraint and tolerance to all comers of the planet 'ft -4 By MIKE WIGGINS The Daily Sentinel Mesa State College will ask the city of Grand Junction next week to turn over several streets and alleys to the college as part of its plans to expand the campus. College officials will appear before the Grand Junction Planning Commission on Tuesday to ask the board to vacate portions of College Place, Elm Avenue, Mesa Avenue and Bunting Avenue. The college also wants to vacate three alleys between "North and Elm avenues from south to north and College Place and Houston Avenue from east to west. This is part of the first step of that expansion plan, Mesa State spokeswoman Betsy McNair said Friday. Part of that is to take these streets and combine them into a large plat of land. The college will use the va- ..1 North Ave. ROBERT GARCUThe Daily Sentinel i. 1 rt "4 if- cated rights-of-way to create more parking on the campus by next fall and plan for the future expansion of buildings and ball fields and construction of another dormitory and more classrooms. See ROADS, page 12A THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CROWDS PACK ST. PETERS SQUARE at the Vatican on Friday during the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II. Royalty, political power brokers and multitudes of the faithful paid their last respects to the pope at the See SAINTHOOD, page 12A funeral, one of the largest Western religious gatherings of modem times. GJ Republican finalist for top Mesa State job Local Catholic church celebrates life of pope By MARUA B.VADER The Daily Sentinel By SAUY SPAULDING The Daily Sentinel State Rep. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, is a finalist for a top administrative position at Mesa State College. Penry is one of four finalists for director of development at Mesa State, a job that pays between $75,000 and $85,000 annually He currently earns a $30,000 salary, around $12,000 in per-diem expenses and travel expenses in his position as a state representative. Penry said he was asked to apply for the college position. Ive had some conversations about other jobs on campus, dating back to even before I started running, Penry said. This one seemed like something I was in- J0SH Has a when not terested in. Working at a state job while making laws is not unusual, Penry said. There are legislators who are in administration andor teaching positions in the Legislature, Penry said. I have a lot to offer in that time Im not in session. If he is hired, Penry would be the second lawmaker on the Mesa State payroll. Sen. Ron Teck, R-Grand Junction, is an acting assistant budget officer, as listed in Mesa Statestelephone directory Mesa State President Tim Fos- See PENRY, page 12A PENRY lot to offer" in session Bulala eulogized the popes devotion to the sanctity of life, his broad outlook in a traditionally Eurocentric organization and his defense of traditional faith. Bulala called Pope John Paul II an intellectual, pragmatist, scholar, artist, accomplished linguist and poet. The congregation joined in a special meditation based on the poetry of the pope, singing The Thresholds of God and remembering the pope for his life on Earth. As a memory of the pope, the See CHURCH, page 12A "embers and guests of Immaculate Heart of Mary -Catholic Church gathered around an altar filled with lilies and spring banners during a Friday morning memorial service. They came to remember Pope John Paul II, and the Easter remnants provided a fitting setting to a message of redemption and life after death. Today we join with our broth-GRETEL DAUGHERTYihe Daily Sentinel ers and sisters around the world in A MOURNER PRAYS DURING Fridays funeral Mass for iaid Faer Pope John Paul II at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at and 2616 roads. the kingdom of heaven. Mesa State request to invest funds dies fourth time on Senate floor treasury to the time of about $400 million would harm the states cash flow, he said. Those funds are used as bor-rowable resources for the state, Coffman said. But Foster doesnt buy Coffmans forecast, and the bills sponsor, Sen. Ron Teck, R-Grand See DIES, page 12A granted the University of Colorado authority to tailor its investment strategy to meet its needs. State Treasurer Mike Coffman doesnt support handing Mesa State the same oversight. It would ultimately establish a precedent that all of higher education would leave the state in the same manner, Coffman said. The exodus of colleges and universities funds from the state bill was resurrected three times, supporters said theyre not ready to call it a day. The bill died, Mesa State College President Tim Foster said. The concept lives. The concept of the state cutting a college loose to invest its money as it sees fit is what gives lawmakers pause. This is just the camels nose under the tent, said Sen. Dave Owen, R-Greeley. Thats legislative lingo for lawmakers fear that other colleges and universities in Colorado would line up for a crack at -making higher returns on their investments if Mesa State got the go-ahead. The state treasurer oversees the investment strategy of all but one of Colorados public colleges and universities. The Legislature By DANIE HARRE1S0N The Daily Sentinel Lawmakers clashed again Friday over the merits of giving Mesa State College control of its financial future. A proposal to allow Mesa State to manage its assets in hopes of yielding more cash to counter cuts to higher education died on the Senate floor. A day after the TIM FOSTER l1 ON THE WEB: HOWTO REACH US: Main number: 242-5050 To subscribe, delivery problems and subscription billing: 242-1919 or (800) 332-5833 Todays Forecast Reader guide Rain High: 53, Low: 34 Complete forecast on 2A

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