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    Silt ripe for pot sales

    SILT — A town that has opened its doors to retail marijuana sales has for a second time slammed them shut on a proposal to grow the product. After unanimously rejecting a growing and...

  • Bill to give small banks regulatory relief

    Well-run, small banks would be spared annual federal bank examinations under a measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton’s measure, the Small Bank Exam Cycle Reform Act, or...

  • Ballot returns come in at trickle

    Off-year municipal elections nearly always trail other elections in terms of how many people actually take the time to cast their ballots, but this year’s current election is tracking...

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    Students use their time off to build greenhouse for credit

    Sixteen-year-old Tyler Crosby doesn’t mind spending a week of spring break in a classroom; not if he has a hammer or a nail gun in his hand. The Central High School junior wants to...

  • Death notices, March 27, 2015

    ■ George E. Fortune, 87, Grand Junction, died March 24, 2015, at HopeWest Care Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel. He is survived by...

  • Plants near oil shale sites cited in lawsuit

    Environmental groups sued a federal agency Thursday, demanding it reconsider endangered-species status for two plants known to grow on oil shale formations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

  • Bill requiring snow tires, chains clears Senate panel

    DENVER — All motorists traveling Interstate 70 over the mountains would be required to have adequate tires or chains under a bill that won approval in a Senate committee on...

  • Getting It Right, March 27, 2015

    A story on page 1A Thursday should have said that there is an $11.5 billion — not an $11.5 million — backlog of delayed work in the nation’s National Park Service. ...

  • Blotter, March 27, 2015

    Alleged assailant choked A 19-year-old man faces charges of beating his girlfriend, an alleged assault that was interrupted by a passer-by who interceded in the scuffle and...

  • Protests for web

    Protest not exactly pro-test

    Palisade High School librarian Ronda Scroggins is usually a quiet person. But after having to lock the library doors to all but test-taking students for most of February and March and turn...


    Conservation group puzzled over board’s balking at easements

    The head of the Mesa Land Trust on Wednesday tried to rebut Mesa County officials’ concerns about the local proliferation of conservation easements, contending the nonprofit group...

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    First phase of Las Colonias Park begins

    Though workers have been busy in the area for the past few weeks, a symbolic groundbreaking Wednesday in the south downtown section of the city officially opened the first phase of...


  • Officials: Siege by gunmen in Somali hotel enters 2nd day

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials in Somalia say gunmen who stormed a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people are exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later.

  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.

  • Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all

    ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

  • Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.

  • Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say the officer who was seriously wounded in a shootout is a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and was honored at the White House in May as a Top Cop Award winner.

  • University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

  • Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

    DETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

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