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Ideas for dealing with mental health ‘holds’

By Charles Ashby

State officials are still trying to find ways to get mental health patients out of local jails and into the care they need. One of the largest stumbling blocks to that issue, however, is how to deal with so-called mental health ...


Tipton won’t
 reveal vote 
on ethics bill

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton won’t say exactly how he voted in a behind-closed-doors meeting Monday of House Republicans on a proposal to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, but his office says he does support having such an office. The ...

New year heralds new laws taking effect

By Charles Ashby

A handful of new laws goes into effect today, not all of which were approved by the Colorado Legislature. Some of the more meaty new laws came from the voters themselves, including but not limited to a mandatory increase in the state’s ...

Treasurer criticizes PERA chief’s raise

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton is upset with a recent pay increase for the head of the state’s largest public employee pension system. Stapleton, who also sits on the board of directors for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement ...

State revenue likely to exceed TABOR limits

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado is pulling in ample money, but doesn’t have enough to fund everything, state lawmakers said Tuesday. That’s because state revenue is expected to exceed caps set under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to ...

City, county to re-examine consolidating services

By Amy Hamilton

For several years, Mesa County and Grand Junction leaders have talked about combining or consolidating services in an attempt to save money. Some members of both entities decided to take another look at those ideas at a regular city and ...

Colorado electors appeal dismissal of lawsuit

By Charles Ashby

Two Colorado members of the Electoral College aren’t giving up. Even though former state Sen. Polly Baca and Colorado Springs resident Bob Nemanich saw their lawsuit tossed out of court Monday to allow them and the seven other Colorado ...

McArthur says he intends to run for re-election

By Mike Wiggins

Grand Junction City Councilor Duncan McArthur announced his bid for re-election on Monday, vowing to use a second full term to address the city’s chronic homeless problem, tackle drainage issues and make it as easy as possible for ...

County OKs $57.4 million 2017 budget

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County will begin 2017 with plans to spend as much as $57.4 million from its general fund, an amount that’s 1 percent less than the county planned for 2016 and one that sets the stage for what commissioners said would be a difficult ...

Fight over Jordan Cove pipeline not over yet, both sides say

By Gary Harmon

Federal regulators’ rejection of the Jordan Cove project will be challenged, supporters of the project said Monday. Opponents of the project, meanwhile, called on Oregon officials to halt work on the project in view of the federal ...

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