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Bennet seeks Thompson Divide peace

By Dennis Webb

A newly proposed measure by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet would increase the amount of compensation that two companies receive for recently canceled leases in the Thompson Divide area southwest of Glenwood Springs. The measure is aimed at ...

Bill headed to governor will allow ballot selfies

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Voters who show someone else, either through a photograph or in person, their completed ballot before sending it off no longer would be breaking the law under a bill headed to the governor’s office. The measure, HB1014, ...

Local health insurer becomes subsidiary of national company

By Charles Ashby

It’s official — Rocky Mountain Health Plans now is a part of UnitedHealthcare. The sale of the scrappy Grand Junction-based Rocky to the behemoth national health insurer will allow Mesa County residents to continue to be covered ...

Board to ask county voters for public-safety tax increase

By Gary Harmon

Voters in Mesa County will be asked in November to increase the county’s 2 percent sales tax to raise money for the sheriff’s office and for prosecutors. County commissioners are united in their intent to place a measure on the ...

Faced with leaner budgets, county heads looking for savings

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County department heads are searching for ways to hold down spending by 5 percent as the county tries to minimize its costs for the rest of 2017. At the same time, there is little wiggle room in the budget for the sheriff’s office, ...

Digital records measure advances

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite concerns about personal information being accidentally released to anyone who asks, a bill to modernize the Colorado Open Records Act to be more in step with the digital world cleared a Senate committee on ...

Council to end telecom contract

By Amy Hamilton

An idea to create a public-private partnership with telecommunications firm SiFi/Nokia to create a fiber broadband network in Grand Junction died in its tracks Wednesday night. The Grand Junction City Council voted 5-2 to step away from a ...

Procurement code for state gets an update

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill designed to modernize Colorado’s procurement code will be helpful to private businesses that submit bids for state contracts, the sponsors of the measure said Tuesday. The sweeping 103-page bill, introduced in part ...

Bill would make it a felony to tamper with oil, gas equipment

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It didn’t matter that Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg tightened his measure to go after only the more egregious tamperings with oil and gas equipment. Senate Democrats still didn’t like the bill Tuesday. A day after the ...


TABOR-tweak bill clears committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Coloradans would get to vote on how they want state lawmakers to calculate the revenue cap mandated by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights under a bill that won approval in a House committee Monday. While supporters like the ...

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