Western Colorado

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Silt ripe for pot sales

By Dennis Webb

SILT — A town that has opened its doors to retail marijuana sales has for a second time slammed them shut on a proposal to grow the product. After unanimously rejecting a growing and manufacturing site in January because of concerns ...


Plants near oil shale sites cited in lawsuit

By Gary Harmon

Environmental groups sued a federal agency Thursday, demanding it reconsider endangered-species status for two plants known to grow on oil shale formations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year opted against listing two penstamon ...


Protests for web

Protest not exactly pro-test

By Emily Shockley

Palisade High School librarian Ronda Scroggins is usually a quiet person. But after having to lock the library doors to all but test-taking students for most of February and March and turn away students who needed the library’s 72 ...


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Conservation group puzzled over board’s balking at easements

By Mike Wiggins

The head of the Mesa Land Trust on Wednesday tried to rebut Mesa County officials’ concerns about the local proliferation of conservation easements, contending the nonprofit group carefully considers each opportunity to preserve ...


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First phase of Las Colonias Park begins

By Duffy Hayes

Though workers have been busy in the area for the past few weeks, a symbolic groundbreaking Wednesday in the south downtown section of the city officially opened the first phase of development of Las Colonias Park, which promises to bring ...


House panel alters, passes felony DUI bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Concerned that the measure may not pass because of its high cost, lawmakers in a House committee Wednesday altered a popular felony DUI bill to help ensure it becomes law. As it was originally drafted, HB1043 would have made it ...


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GJ man arrested on six charges of raping woman

By Staff

A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a 28-year-old Grand Junction man wanted on suspicion of six counts of felony sexual assault, for allegedly raping a woman while his girlfriend reportedly watched. Andrew Christopher Salazar ...


Gardner budget add would protect state water

By Gary Harmon

An amendment to the 2016 federal budget bill would recognize the supremacy of state water law, said the measure’s author, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Gardner’s amendment, offered on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, would ...


Bill would require fiscal impact info 
on citizen initiatives

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Some people said a bill in the Colorado Legislature to require fiscal impact statements on proposed citizens’ initiatives, before people sign petitions to put them on the ballot, was an attempt to squelch direct ...


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Colorado’s parks need some TLC

By Gary Harmon

Colorado National Monument could use nearly $14 million to complete needed maintenance, most of it — nearly $8 million — in work on Rim Rock Drive. The monument also needs about $2.3 million worth of work on the trails that ...


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