Bringing the law to bear

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A small bear weighing about 100 pounds is seen in August 2014 with a tranquilizing dart in his rear in the backyard of a home on East Carolina Street in Fruita. “They’ve lost their fear of us,” said Rep. Yeulin Willett, whose bill to find solutions to the human-bear interaction problem in Colorado becomes law on Wednesday. “We just can’t keep blaming the humans.”


Legislators mandate study on bruin, human interaction

Rep. Yeulin Willett can’t stop thinking about bears.
As an avid mountain bike rider and outdoorsman, the Grand Junction Republican is concerned that the furry creatures with big claws are spending too much time in areas inhabited by humans.
Or is it the other way around?

Medical plan lacks vigor, county told

Anything is better than what you have now. That was the conclusion reached by Segal Consulting, the Greenwood Village-based firm Mesa County hired in February to offer advice on the county’s in-house medical, dental, vision, life and long-term insurance plans.


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