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Contractors back city roads Measure 2B

By Amy Hamilton

Against a backdrop of an asphalt truck and two dump trucks, local contractors on Monday came out to support an upcoming municipal ballot measure that frees up funds for road construction in Grand Junction. Referred Measure 2B asks Grand ...


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West Slope officials ask lawmakers to fund multiple modes of transportation in bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sixty-four local elected leaders, including several from the Grand Valley, sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders in the Colorado Legislature last week asking them to be sure to include multimodal projects in any ...


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Opponents debate city’s future

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction event center on the April ballot got a thumbs-down from a city councilor seeking re-election, and a still-considering-it response from his challenger during a debate on Friday. Councilor Marty Chazen is seeking a second ...


Employee retirement bills defeated

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two bills designed to alter the state’s public employee retirement system by Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton were sent to their deaths last week, and at least one more is on its way to the same place where they ...


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Governor hires Intel official as broadband guru

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado has its first-ever broadband guru. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday hired Intel vice president Anthony Neal-Graves to be executive director of the new Colorado Broadband Office. Hickenlooper announced plans to create ...


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Bennet seeks Thompson Divide peace

By Dennis Webb

A newly proposed measure by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet would increase the amount of compensation that two companies receive for recently canceled leases in the Thompson Divide area southwest of Glenwood Springs. The measure is aimed at ...


Bill headed to governor will allow ballot selfies

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Voters who show someone else, either through a photograph or in person, their completed ballot before sending it off no longer would be breaking the law under a bill headed to the governor’s office. The measure, HB1014, ...


Local health insurer becomes subsidiary of national company

By Charles Ashby

It’s official — Rocky Mountain Health Plans now is a part of UnitedHealthcare. The sale of the scrappy Grand Junction-based Rocky to the behemoth national health insurer will allow Mesa County residents to continue to be covered ...


Board to ask county voters for public-safety tax increase

By Gary Harmon

Voters in Mesa County will be asked in November to increase the county’s 2 percent sales tax to raise money for the sheriff’s office and for prosecutors. County commissioners are united in their intent to place a measure on the ...


Faced with leaner budgets, county heads looking for savings

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County department heads are searching for ways to hold down spending by 5 percent as the county tries to minimize its costs for the rest of 2017. At the same time, there is little wiggle room in the budget for the sheriff’s office, ...


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