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City Council adopts $140.5 million 2017 budget

By Amy Hamilton

Think 2015 when you think about Grand Junction’s 2017 budget. The Grand Junction City Council on Wednesday night unanimously adopted a total budget of $140.5 million for the new year, a conservative number that aligns with the 2015 ...


Audit: Workers may be liable for vehicle ‘perk’

By Charles Ashby

Some Colorado employees whose jobs allow them to use a state-owned vehicle to take home may have violated federal tax laws, according to the Colorado Auditor’s Office. An audit presented to state lawmakers Monday found that the state ...


Easement reviews too slow, audit says

By Charles Ashby

State reviews of conservation easement applications are taking longer than anticipated, leading to increased costs for some landowners, a state audit has found. The Colorado Division of Real Estate, which reviews and approves tax credit ...


Aging czar needed for ‘silver tsunami,’ state report says

By Charles Ashby

Colorado government has a “czar” for water, energy and many other critical issues, but not one for aging. Such a person is needed to help coordinate all state programs that deal with the elderly if Colorado is to be prepared for ...


Pending county budget may dip into reserves

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday will consider a 2017 budget that could dig about $2.5 million into cash reserves while boosting spending for law enforcement. The $58 million spending plan will take the county’s fund balance — ...


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Scott to lead energy panel

By Charles Ashby

Republicans who have the majority in the Colorado Senate want to be prepared when the new administration coming into the White House brings a more fossil fuel friendly attitude to the nation. What that attitude will look like is not yet ...


Economic development chief has background in broadband

By Charles Ashby

The state office that coordinates economic development efforts has a new head that understands what it means to have a good high-speed broadband infrastructure. Gov. John Hickenlooper named a new director of the Colorado Office of Economic ...


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Failed Senate candidate turns political adviser

By Charles Ashby

While failed Republican candidate Darryl Glenn ran a relatively quiet campaign for U.S. Senate this year compared to other races, he isn’t being quiet about his new venture: political consultant. Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner ...


Check charity efficiency before giving

By Charles Ashby

With the holiday season upon us, Secretary of State Wayne Williams wants to remind Coloradans to be careful to whom they give money. Most charities are required to register with the state information like the organization’s leadership, ...


County rips Jewell for Denver lease event

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission blistered Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two Bureau of Land Management officials for their handling of a “media event” last week announcing the cancellation of mineral leases ...


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