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Chazen loses
 to Wortmann;
 others keep 
council seats

By Amy Hamilton

Three of the four Grand Junction City Council members running for re-election handily kept their seats in Tuesday’s election. Rick Taggart and Phyllis Norris defeated their challengers, while Duncan McArthur was unopposed in his ...

Bill addresses candidate-petition forgeries

By Charles Ashby

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville wants to make sure no candidate has to worry about election scandals dealing with forged signatures on petitions to quality them for the ballot. Under a bill that won preliminary approval in the House on ...

School board takes next step on $126M bond measure

By Katie Langford

School District 51’s Board of Education agreed Tuesday to move forward with an approximately $126 million bond measure and $6.5 million mill levy override to fund projects highlighted by a new middle school and the addition of five days ...


County rejects $5 tag fee

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday rejected a proposed fee intended to discourage in-person license plate renewals, saying that charging people $5 to pay fees in person simply didn’t add up. Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said she ...


Event center is skunked

By Erin McIntyre

Grand Junction voters thwarted a measure to build a downtown event center and renovate Two Rivers Convention Center on Tuesday night, with nearly three-quarters of them rejecting a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to pay for the projects. Vote ...

Garfield joins opposition to setback bill

By Dennis Webb

Western Colorado activists pushing for legislation increasing minimum setbacks between oil and gas drilling and schools won’t get support for their cause from Garfield County. County commissioners on Monday agreed to oppose the bill, ...

City gets updates on river projects

By Amy Hamilton

You’re not going to want to take your eyes off Las Colonias Park, the Riverside area and its connection to the Lunch Loops area of Monument Road. Big ideas are in the works for the three segments that border the Colorado River. The ...

Lawmakers dispute insurance bill’s intent

By Charles Ashby

Republicans claimed the bill would prevent a third party from filing a lawsuit seeking double damages against an insurer without the policyholder’s consent. Democrats say it also prevents a policyholder from assigning an insurance claim ...

This Week in the Legislature, April 3, 2017

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Now that the Senate has completed its work on the state’s proposed $26.8 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, the House will take its turn this week poring over it. • Today: The House Finance Committee is ...


West Slope lawmakers bemoan raid on severance tax

By Charles Ashby

Few lawmakers are happy with what’s in the Legislature’s proposed $26.8 billion budget for the next year, particularly those on the Western Slope. While some say the budget is balanced as well as it can be, others criticize it for ...

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