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John Hickenlooper, and why he is who he is

By Charles Ashby

Giddy up. Those are the final two words in Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recently released book, “The Opposite of Woe.” Those two words also explain the title, which more completely also includes the words, “My ...


Bill may return millions in royalties to NW Colo.

By Gary Harmon

A provision introduced into a defense authorization bill would send back millions of dollars to four northwest Colorado counties, money that has eluded them for years. The provision introduced by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and ...

District 51 board satisfied with Pitton’s intentions

By Katie Langford

District 51 school board member Paul Pitton has sufficiently proven that he intends to move into the director district he represents, board members said at their business meeting Tuesday. After discussion and talking to the board’s ...

Colorado roadless rule slowed down

By Gary Harmon

Completion of environmental review of the coal-mining exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule, due this spring, has been pushed back to the fall, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., who said he is pressing for an explanation. The Office of ...


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 ...

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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