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GJ attorney Grattan to become county judge

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction attorney who has specialized in business law will be sworn in this month as a Mesa County judge. Michael Grattan III, a finalist for two other places on the bench, was selected by Gov. John Hickenlooper to replace Gretchen ...

Deadline nears for council contenders

By Staff

Thinking about running for Grand Junction City Council? The clock is ticking for candidates to submit the necessary paperwork. Four city council seats are up for grabs in the April municipal election. Candidates have a 5 p.m. Jan. 23 ...

Interior: BLM will mull reform to coal royalties

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration said Wednesday that the Bureau of Land Management will study federal coal program reforms that could include anything from raising royalty rates to ending new leasing due to climate-change concerns. The prospects for ...

Crisanta Duran

2017 Legislature opens

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s first Latina speaker of the Colorado House said during Wednesday’s opening day of the Legislature that she’s not going to put up with any kind of hate or fear-mongering. Denver Democrat Crisanta ...

BLM revises oil shale royalty rates

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday released new oil shale regulations establishing that royalty rates set in 2008 are now a minimum rate, with the discretion of the Interior secretary to set higher rates on a lease-by-lease basis. The ...


Governor: Roads, broadband need funding source

By Charles Ashby

The state can’t afford to wait any longer when it comes to the state’s infrastructure, particularly when it comes to broadband deployment and improving the state’s roads, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday. In highlighting ...

Firm lets 
Rio Blanco 
keep cash 

By Dennis Webb

Conservation districts in Rio Blanco County are welcoming financial gestures including a $135,000 concession from the energy company Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and a $125,000 contribution from the county as they continue to work through ...

New Colorado lawmakers poised to take seats

By Charles Ashby

Southwest Colorado got two new lawmakers over the weekend — one new lawmaker and a familiar one. That happened when the central committee for Senate District 6 chose Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, to replace Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango, ...

Fight brewing over rule that could ease sale of federal lands

By Charles Ashby

Nearly lost in all the public comments over the U.S. House’s near passage of a rule gutting the Congressional Ethics Office earlier this week was another rule dealing with the sale of public lands. While some Democrats and environmental ...

Coalition to Congress: Don’t repeal Obamacare unless you can replace it

By Charles Ashby

Several groups from across the state, including five from the region, have joined a diverse coalition calling on Congress to develop a responsible plan to replace the federal Affordable Care Act. The Colorado Health Policy Coalition, which is ...

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