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Backers of breakaway state unfazed by rejection of voters

By Charles Ashby

It doesn’t matter that six of 11 Colorado counties voted Tuesday against going ahead with discussions on creating a 51st state — the group backing the idea still plans to move ahead. But what the group, 51stState.org, will do ...

Election boss: Ballot boxes get her vote

By Charles Ashby

At first, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office was a little concerned about the idea of using 24-hour ballot boxes for the first time in Tuesday’s elections. While such boxes have long been in use elsewhere in the state, ...

School-funding measure goes down in ball of flames

By Charles Ashby

An effort to raise nearly $1 billion for public schools by increasing the state’s income tax rate came up well short of what it needed to pass during Tuesday’s election. Amendment 66, which supporters had hoped would help fix ...

High time to tax pot, voters say

By Charles Ashby

Purchasers of retail marijuana will pay a higher tax than medical marijuana buyers thanks to voter approval of Proposition AA on Tuesday. The measure, which will allow the Colorado Legislature to impose up to 15 percent in excise taxes and 10 ...

More Republicans than Dems have cast their ballots

By Charles Ashby

It’s too late to mail in those mail-in ballots, but it’s not too late to vote. With the elections coming Tuesday, voters in the region need to find drop-off boxes if they want their votes to count, county clerks in the region ...


Ballot reflects more pronounced 
rural vs. urban divide in Colorado

By Charles Ashby

Representation without, well, representation. That, at least, is the rallying cry of some folks in northeastern Colorado who are backing an effort to create a 51st state. Several of the people behind the effort say they are pushing it ...


McInnis says he’s ready to serve again

By Charles Ashby

Former congressman Scott McInnis officially launched his bid for Mesa County commissioner on Saturday. Speaking to a crowd of nearly 200 in front of the Pufferbelly Station Restaurant, 337 S. First St., McInnis said he was ready to serve in ...

Tipton in hot seat at chamber event

By Charles Ashby

From the federal Affordable Care Act to the recent government shutdown, a handful of area business people had a few choice words for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday. The 3rd Congressional District Republican was at the Grand Junction Area ...


Gun at airport was a mistake, councilor says

By Charles Ashby

Montrose City Councilwoman Kathy Ellis had a handgun in her purse Tuesday when she went through security at the Montrose County Regional Airport, and may face felony charges as a result, Ellis and law enforcement officials said. Ellis, who ...


Bennet: Dysfunction can’t be excuse for not passing immigration reform

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite the nation’s “embarrassing and dysfunctional” government, Congress needs to approve immigration reform, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet told a gathering of journalists from North and South America on ...

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