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County rips Jewell for Denver lease event

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission blistered Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two Bureau of Land Management officials for their handling of a “media event” last week announcing the cancellation of mineral leases ...


Decisions on Roan, Thompson due today

By Dennis Webb

Top federal officials will join Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver today to announce what the oil and gas industry expects, and conservationists and others hope, will be the cancellation of 25 leases in the Thompson Divide area ...


Agency finalizes methane waste rule

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized a Bureau of Land Management rule to limit methane waste related to oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands, but it faces an immediate legal challenge and the potential for ...


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Unlikely election win shuffles federal policy outlook

By Dennis Webb

The poll-defying victory of Donald Trump in last week’s presidential election has abruptly reshaped the political landscape when it comes to energy development in Colorado and the West. Oil and gas and coal-mining interests and ...


Turnout outpaces 2008, 2012 elections

By Charles Ashby

More Coloradans voted in Tuesday’s election, the first to use all mail-in ballots in a presidential year, than in the past two presidential elections. According to data maintained by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, ...


Montrose GOP wins 2 commission seats

By Katie Langford

Republicans swept the District 1 and District 3 seats on the Montrose County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority. Keith Caddy won the District 1 seat with 73 percent of the vote, or 10,972 votes. Roger Rash won ...


Voters OK Gateway fire tax, De Beque mosquito district

By Erin McIntyre

Voters in rural areas of Mesa County approved requests to increase property taxes for a fire-protection district and decided to create a mosquito-control district, but may not have given the go-ahead to fund the district they created. Gateway ...


Montrose voters OK mill levy hike for middle school

By Katie Langford

Montrose County voters approved a $21.3 million referendum to replace Columbine Middle School by an unofficial 8 percent margin on Tuesday. As of 10 p.m., the measure was passing 54 percent to 46 percent, with 7,865 votes for the 2.48 ...


Parachute voters reject ban on retail pot

By Dennis Webb

Parachute residents have put to rest any questions about whether they support the town trustees’ decision to let the retail marijuana industry into town. Voters overwhelmingly decided to reject a citizen initiative to prohibit retail ...


Martin again on GarCo commission

By Dennis Webb

Twenty-year Garfield County Commissioner John Martin has been elected to serve yet another four-year term after voters weren’t swayed by a campaign in which Democrats accused him of criminal wrongdoing. Martin, a Republican, was leading ...


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