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Oil field giants call off merger

By Dennis Webb

The proposed merger of two leading oil field service providers has been canceled, less than a month after a Department of Justice suit challenging it based on anti-competition concerns. Halliburton and Baker Hughes say they have terminated ...


Drainage district vote on Tuesday

By Gary Harmon

About 10,000 voters in the western end of the Grand Valley Drainage District on Tuesday will have the first chance to weigh in on the district’s $3 per month stormwater fee. The two candidates for the open seat on the drainage board ...


Regional Center bill to be heard this week

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Area residents will have one more chance to weigh in on the immediate future of the Grand Junction Regional Center this week. That’s because the House Appropriations Committee is to take testimony on SB178, a measure that ...


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Legislature approves resolution supporting Jordan Cove project

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature added its voice Friday in support of a proposal to build a natural gas export facility in Jordan Cove, Oregon. Under Senate Joint Resolution 39, the Legislature said the proposed project would be a boon ...


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House gives initial nod to provider fee enterprise

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Transportation and education would see more funding, and raided severance taxes would be repaid, if the Colorado Legislature approves a bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a state-run ...


Work on Clean Power Plan to continue

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state will continue to work on a plan to reduce carbon emissions despite a U.S. Supreme Court stay on the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Under a bill that a Colorado House ...


County to sue over drainage fees

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, joined by Mesa County, is to seek an injunction halting the Grand Valley Drainage District from collecting stormwater fees. The suit is to be filed as soon as possible, Diane Schwenke, president ...


Panel kills Scott’s groundwater appeals bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to prevent new evidence from being presented in groundwater rights appeals got caught in a legislative maelstrom Tuesday from which it can’t return. After more than two hours of public testimony, most of which was ...


Keyser 86 signatures shy of qualifying for GOP primary ballot

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Jon Keyser, a Republican candidate hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his re-election bid, failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the June primary. Keyser, who was once seen as the Republican ...


Ninth-grade testing won’t be optional

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would have given school districts the option of having an assessment test for ninth-grade students died on the floor of the Colorado Senate on Monday. Supporters of the measure, SB5, said since the federal ...


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