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Initiative unites varied interests as hedge against boom/bust cycle

By Gary Harmon

It’s time to beat rhetorical swords into glossy promotional materials extolling the Grand Valley environment — natural and business — to help Mesa County out of its economic funk. That’s the upshot of the Grand Valley ...


By Dennis Webb

“Your Summer Office Awaits You,” proclaims a U.S. Forest Service seasonal-job-promotion photo showing a smiling young woman in the agency’s green uniform, standing in front of Hanging Lake, the popular attraction in Glenwood ...


Harsh words announce end of council bid

By Amy Hamilton

A relative newcomer to the Grand Valley, Kathyrn Bennett launched an unusually enthusiastic and aggressive campaign for a seat on the Grand Junction City Council. She announced her candidacy in early December, portraying herself as a fresh, ...

Bill would free businesses from some minor fines

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — While it’s unclear just how much impact it will have, a Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that is designed to force state agencies to go easy on small businesses that commit minor mistakes. The measure requires ...

Bill would give schools resources on pot use

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Schools that want to provide information to students about the dangers of underaged use of marijuana would have a place to go for source material under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday. SB25 calls on the ...

Religious liberty measure dies in committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado won’t become the newest state to adopt a so-called religious freedom law. That became clear Wednesday when the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee for the third time in as many years rejected ...

Bill would allow concealed-carry 
permits on Colo. school grounds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — School district workers would be able to carry concealed handguns on school grounds under a bill that won approval in a Senate committee on Tuesday. But that could only happen if the school district board approves a special ...

Bill to fund kindergarten clears Colorado House committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado has a law allowing the state’s 178 school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. The trouble is, the state only pays those districts the cost of half-day kindergarten, said state Rep. Jim Wilson. The Salida ...


Justman off board for river district

By Gary Harmon

Former Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca will represent Mesa County on the agency that is on the front line defending Western Slope water rights, replacing a current commissioner, John Justman. Justman cast the lone ballot Monday in ...

Tipton praises Trump for actions targeting Affordable Care Act

By Gary Harmon

President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to go slow on requirements in the Affordable Care Act won support from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Trump signed the executive order on Friday and he followed it up on Monday with executive ...

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