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Focus on gas lines raises question about dangers of rural farm taps

By Dennis Webb

When Rifle-area rancher Tom VonDette heard about the investigation looking into possible ties between a fatal home explosion in the Front Range town of Firestone and a nearby oil and gas well, he immediately wondered: Could the incident have ...


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Suspects in man’s slaying living in GJ

By Erin McIntyre

Two murder suspects arrested in the shooting death of their neighbor in Pagosa Springs are now living in Grand Junction, free on bond, as the investigation into the man’s death proceeds. Chad Nystrom, 45, and Charlotte Benally, 34, were ...


Law may help stagnant condo market

By Charles Ashby

Lawmakers are hopeful that a hard-fought compromise over construction defect litigation laws finally will resolve the long-debated issue once and for all. A resolution to that issue has for decades eluded all sides, from developers to ...


Rafters, floaters:Take precaution on run-off water

By Gary Harmon

Melting snowpack is pushing up flows in the Colorado and Gunnison rivers and the combined flows could encroach on Interstate 70 west of Fruita, officials said. The rising flows also prompted officials to urge people rafting or floating the ...


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2 soaking pools open at Ouray Hot Springs

By Staff

Two soaking pools at the renovated Ouray Hot Springs Pool open today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other new features of the historic hot springs pool like the lap pool, new slides and splash pad are slated for a late June opening, said Robby ...


Forests begin revising plan for 3.2 million acres

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests are beginning the three-year process of revising the forest plan for the nearly 3.2 million forested acres in western Colorado. “Essentially, this is the opportunity for the ...


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Fires at GJ home, Lands End Road keep crews busy

By Amy Hamilton

About five acres of private land that burned in steep terrain near Lands End Road on Thursday afternoon is contained. According to Spokeswoman Megan Terlecky of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is believed to be caused by ...


Nominees like idea of gas export via Oregon

By Dennis Webb

Two nominees to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday voiced general support for liquefied natural gas exports while also promising to listen to all sides when it comes to considering any specific project. Neil ...


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Caprock Academy graduates find strength in diversity

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Every graduating class has their own unique character and chemistry that sets them apart. Members of the 2017 graduating class from Caprock Academy will be remembered for their over-developed sense of humor and an uncanny ability to question ...


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Accomplice 
in bloody 
pot robbery
 found guilty

By Gary Harmon

It came down to text messages that “don’t paint the best picture for you,” Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley told defendant Jacob Hoard on Thursday. Those text messages to Charles and Trevaun Faison suggested that ...


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