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GOP hopefuls for U.S. Senate scurry to qualify

By Charles Ashby

At least for now, there are five candidates on the ballot for the Colorado Republican Party primary on June 28, but that could change in the next week or so. That’s because two, and possibly three, may be in jeopardy of having any votes ...


Medicaid, roads
 still contentious
 as session ends

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Legislature never will be able to address serious funding issues for such big-ticket items as transportation and education until it fixes how it handles Medicaid programs for the poor, Rep. Dan Thurlow told Grand Valley business ...


Unequal 
health costs 
at center of 
new inquiry

By Charles Ashby

When Republican and Democratic commissioners from Garfield and Summit counties came to three local state lawmakers before the start of this year’s legislative session about the rising cost of health care, the three knew they had a ...


Fruita votes 
to pay fees 
for drainage

By Amy Hamilton

Fruita is the first municipality in Mesa County to agree to pay new fees charged by the Grand Valley Drainage District after councilors voted unanimously Tuesday night to part with nearly $13,000. Councilors voted 6-0 during their meeting to ...


County: BLM changes would break federal law

By Gary Harmon

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing breaking landmark federal environmental law with its new planning proposal, the Mesa County Commission said in a letter to the agency. The commission on Monday approved the seven-page letter to the ...


Council considering halt to open burning in residential areas

By Amy Hamilton

An idea smoldering among Grand Junction City Council members may lead to a future ban on residential burning. Most councilors said during a workshop Monday they were interested in snuffing out the practice of residents burning yard waste ...


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Legislators bemoan death of major issues during 2016 session

By Charles Ashby

It’s being called the do-nothing legislative session. Presidential primaries? No. Hospital provider fee? Not today. Bonds to pay for roads and bridges? Don’t think so. Addressing the construction defects/affordable housing ...


Tipton joins battle to end abuse of opioids

By Gary Harmon

A bipartisan bevy of bills intended to blunt an epidemic of opioid abuse has the backing of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton voted for 18 bills last week that were aimed at reducing the misuse of the prescription painkillers codeine, ...


EPA adopts 1st rule on oil, gas methane

By Dennis Webb

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule targeting methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas operations, the first-ever federal rule specifically seeking to regulate methane in the industry. The rule’s ...


Energy industry sues over grouse plans

By Dennis Webb

Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council ...


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