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A Dudley Bluffs twinpod flower is visited by an ant. The federally threatened Dudley Bluffs bladderpod and twinpod wildflowers are the subject of a lawsuit against the federal government by the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Photo special to the Sentinel/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rio Blanco plant project to face legal challenge

An oil and gas trade group and some northwestern Colorado governments are legally challenging the federal government’s actions in connection with an effort to help two rare plants through transplanting and reseeding.
The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association has sued over the Colorado State University research project involving the Dudley Bluffs bladderpod and Dudley Bluffs twinpod, two wild mustards listed as federally threatened pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and found only on oil shale outcrops in the county.

Mesa man may avoid prison in plea deal

For the second time in as many months, a plea agreement was formalized in a Mesa County courtroom that could resolve a seven-year-old child sex assault case against a former police officer. But it’s unclear if the latest deal will pass muster with the judge.

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