Politics

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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 ...


Study: Obamacare repeal would end coverage for 29M

By Charles Ashby

Roughly 29 million Americans, including about 588,000 Coloradans, would lose health coverage if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and doesn’t replace it with something else, a study says. The Washington, D.C., based Center on ...


City Council adopts $140.5 million 2017 budget

By Amy Hamilton

Think 2015 when you think about Grand Junction’s 2017 budget. The Grand Junction City Council on Wednesday night unanimously adopted a total budget of $140.5 million for the new year, a conservative number that aligns with the 2015 ...


Audit: Workers may be liable for vehicle ‘perk’

By Charles Ashby

Some Colorado employees whose jobs allow them to use a state-owned vehicle to take home may have violated federal tax laws, according to the Colorado Auditor’s Office. An audit presented to state lawmakers Monday found that the state ...


Easement reviews too slow, audit says

By Charles Ashby

State reviews of conservation easement applications are taking longer than anticipated, leading to increased costs for some landowners, a state audit has found. The Colorado Division of Real Estate, which reviews and approves tax credit ...


Aging czar needed for ‘silver tsunami,’ state report says

By Charles Ashby

Colorado government has a “czar” for water, energy and many other critical issues, but not one for aging. Such a person is needed to help coordinate all state programs that deal with the elderly if Colorado is to be prepared for ...


Pending county budget may dip into reserves

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday will consider a 2017 budget that could dig about $2.5 million into cash reserves while boosting spending for law enforcement. The $58 million spending plan will take the county’s fund balance — ...


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