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Parties disagree on need for bill to streamline regulations

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans in the Colorado Senate say a bill to require state agencies to review their rules and regulations every three years is designed to help make government more efficient. Senate Democrats, however, questioned Tuesday ...

Scott bill aims to make bidding on state projects easier for contractors

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — With virtually no debate, the Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Monday designed to make it easier for private companies to get state contracts. Senate Bill 211, introduced by Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, ...


Governor announcement drives viral post

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — April may be Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but that didn’t stop former Colorado Treasurer Cary Kennedy from announcing her gubernatorial bid on social media Monday from behind the wheel of a car. That announcement ...


Lawmakers regroup on health care, Tipton says

By Gary Harmon

Two bills have passed the U.S. House in a piecemeal approach to solving the nation’s health care insurance issues, while congressional Republicans in Washington are “in a regrouping phase,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., ...


Bill adds ‘perceived’ race, sexual orientation to state harassment law

By Charles Ashby

A bill to fill a hole in the state’s harassment statutes cleared a Senate committee Wednesday. Under current law, it is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine to harass someone based on race, ...

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 ...

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