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Scott: No to Senate, but maybe
 to guv bid

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — State Sen. Ray Scott will not throw his hat into the ring for the GOP nomination for U.S. senator this year, but the Grand Junction Republican is considering a bid for Colorado governor in two years. Scott said he briefly ...

Coalition launches opposition 
to universal health-care proposal

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bipartisan coalition of business, civic and political types launched an effort Thursday to oppose a November ballot measure that would create a universal health care system in Colorado. The group, called Coloradans for ...


Bill would honor public lands

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The nation’s public lands exist for the benefit of everyone, and it seems appropriate that the state recognize that by celebrating a special day honoring public lands. That, at least, was the message from nearly two dozen ...

Democrats try to revive law for parental time off

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee approved a bill Wednesday to bring back a 2009 law that gave parents the right to get unpaid time off from their jobs to attend school events for their children. It’s fate, however, is uncertain because ...

Audit: Agency erred in immunization program

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hasn’t followed proper procurement procedures in awarding a sole-source contract for an immunization program to a nonprofit group that had three department workers ...

Drone use bill crashes in House committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to create no-fly zones for drones over prisons and airports went down in flames Tuesday at the direction of the state lawmaker who tried to pilot it through the Colorado Legislature. After much deliberation and witness ...

CMU students visit Capitol, meet legislators

By Katie Langford

Colorado Mesa University students traded their textbooks for a trip to the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday for the Voices of Rural Colorado Denver Legislative trip. Thirteen students from CMU’s political science club met with ...

Elected officials: Economic boost was 1-time thing

By Amy Hamilton

Contributions from Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction for economic development efforts materialized this year, but elected leaders say those funds will have to come from elsewhere in the coming years. “It can’t just be us ...

Legislators to mull tax break for military vets

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Military retirees would be exempt from paying state income taxes on their retirement checks under a bill a Senate committee will consider this week. The measure, SB1, is designed “to give something back” to military ...


Center of attention

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Junction Regional Center should be closed, but the services offered there shouldn’t end in the Grand Valley, a special state task force has determined. For the past 18 months, that 15-member task force has been examining the ...

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