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Norris re-elected Junction mayor

By Amy Hamilton

The third year’s a charm for Grand Junction’s new mayor. Phyllis Norris, who has served as mayor for the past two years, was elected again Wednesday night by a majority of Grand Junction City Council to act as the board’s ...

House OKs bill to expand civics lessons

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Martin Luther King said it best, Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, told the Colorado House on Wednesday. “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere and conscientious stupidity,” she quoted the 1960s ...

Senate tightens juvenile life-sentence bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A greatly altered bill dealing with life-without parole sentences for violent juvenile offenders cleared the Colorado Senate on Tuesday. The measure, which initially was seen by district attorneys as something that could lead ...

In unusual move, Jordan Cove resolution sent to committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it’s only a resolution that carries no force of law, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst has sent a measure meant to offer legislative support for an Oregon liquified natural gas export project to a committee ...

Legislators to consider ballot measure on transportation funding

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Republicans introduced a measure into the Colorado Legislature late Monday calling for a ballot proposal asking voters to continue the trans-bonds measure that voters approved in 1999. That measure, known then as Referendum ...


Fram officials fume 
after BLM returns 
oil, gas drilling plan

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will have to reconsider an oil and gas drilling plan in the Whitewater area. The Colorado state office of the agency on Tuesday sent the project back to the Grand Junction ...

Stormwater bill a tax, not a fee, lawsuit contends

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Mesa County are asking a court to halt the collection of a stormwater fee by the Grand Valley Drainage District. The chamber and county, which are splitting the cost of the suit, contend that ...

Proposed new law aims to dump old laws

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Each year, Colorado lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills that make new laws, but few of them actually eliminate unnecessary ones. That, at least, is the premise behind HB1077, said its sponsor, Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce ...

Dems’ bill would increase college tax credit for middle class

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Democratic lawmakers want to shift a tax credit for creating college savings accounts for their children away from the very wealthy to the middle class. Under their measure, which won preliminary approval in the Colorado ...

Fracking foes may turn to ballot battle

By Dennis Webb

Two state high court rulings Monday rejecting Longmont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development and Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on the process provided clarity as to the limits of local control over the ...

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