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More Republicans than Dems have cast their ballots

By Charles Ashby

It’s too late to mail in those mail-in ballots, but it’s not too late to vote. With the elections coming Tuesday, voters in the region need to find drop-off boxes if they want their votes to count, county clerks in the region ...


Ballot reflects more pronounced 
rural vs. urban divide in Colorado

By Charles Ashby

Representation without, well, representation. That, at least, is the rallying cry of some folks in northeastern Colorado who are backing an effort to create a 51st state. Several of the people behind the effort say they are pushing it ...


McInnis says he’s ready to serve again

By Charles Ashby

Former congressman Scott McInnis officially launched his bid for Mesa County commissioner on Saturday. Speaking to a crowd of nearly 200 in front of the Pufferbelly Station Restaurant, 337 S. First St., McInnis said he was ready to serve in ...

Tipton in hot seat at chamber event

By Charles Ashby

From the federal Affordable Care Act to the recent government shutdown, a handful of area business people had a few choice words for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday. The 3rd Congressional District Republican was at the Grand Junction Area ...


Gun at airport was a mistake, councilor says

By Charles Ashby

Montrose City Councilwoman Kathy Ellis had a handgun in her purse Tuesday when she went through security at the Montrose County Regional Airport, and may face felony charges as a result, Ellis and law enforcement officials said. Ellis, who ...


Bennet: Dysfunction can’t be excuse for not passing immigration reform

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite the nation’s “embarrassing and dysfunctional” government, Congress needs to approve immigration reform, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet told a gathering of journalists from North and South America on ...


Tipton: Senate, Obama must negotiate now

By Gary Harmon

The federal government shutdown over, it’s now up to the Senate and President Barack Obama to negotiate with House Republicans, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Conceding he was “a bit battered and bruised” by the 16-day ...

Hickenlooper leads fundraising for governor’s race

By Charles Ashby

The reason why political candidates announce their intentions to run for office more than a year before an election is because of money. They need as much time as they can get to collect it. And for some candidates in state races, ...


John Sluder: District E

By Staff

John Sluder Age: 61 Hometown: Pueblo Years in Grand Valley: 25 Past board/committee or education experience: I’ve worked in the private sector and served on many community boards, and for the past 15 years I’ve taught students ...


District E: Greg Mikolai

By Staff

Greg Mikolai Age: 52 Hometown: Wells, Minn. Years in Grand Valley: 20. Past board/committee or education experience: I have served on the District 51 School Board for four years, and as board president for the last two years. I presently ...

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