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Commission hopefuls at odds over pot vote

By Charles Ashby

On gun rights and economic development, four candidates for two seats on the Mesa County Board of Commissioners agreed that the first needs to be protected, and the second developed. But on one issue, they were polar opposites: whether ...


Ag issues crop up in Gardner’s tour

By Charles Ashby

He may work inside the Beltway in Washington, D.C., but U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to lose touch with his agricultural base. And what better way to do that than to use his time off from Congress during its summer recess to tour ...


New Castle’s former mayor dies at age 63

By Dennis Webb

New Castle residents are mourning the death of longtime former mayor and current town council member Frank Breslin at the age of 63. Town administrator Tom Baker said in a news release that Breslin was found dead in his home Monday evening, ...

Group behind ballot measure raises $1 million

By Charles Ashby

The folks who are hoping to place a measure on this fall’s ballot to make it harder to alter the state’s Constitution want voters to know their effort is a serious one. That’s why the group, Raise The Bar–Protect Our ...

Polis donates $25K to group pushing oil, gas amendment

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

DENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance ...


Study: Single rating area won’t cut health-care costs for Western Slope

By Charles Ashby

If Colorado were to make the entire state a single geographical rating area when it comes to helping determine health care insurance premiums, as opposed to the current nine, it could reduce costs in rural parts of the state that have seen ...


Western Slope 
gaining priority 
in state judiciary

By Gary Harmon

An effort to expand the federal judicial system on the Western Slope has taken concrete steps in the last six years, said John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, who is stepping down next month. Walsh, whose appointment to the post was ...

Dems look to relegate fossil fuels to the past

By Charles Ashby

The proposed Democratic platform that the party will vote on during its convention in Philadelphia this week is chock full of things one might expect. Battling climate change. Raising the minimum wage. Equal pay for women and minorities. ...

Opioid epidemic runs deep and wide, Tipton hears

By Gary Harmon

There are more avenues to obtain prescription opioids in Grand Junction than trails in the Grand Valley desert, a federal lawmaker heard on Wednesday. “The supply is never in question,” Bev Lampley of Catholic Outreach told U.S. ...


‘All lives matter,’ repeats Glenn, Senate candidate at convention

By Charles Ashby

Darryl Glenn, Colorado’s GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, gave a reprise of his “All Lives Matter” speech at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on Monday. Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner and retired Air ...

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