Western Colorado

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Water official: Address 
Western Slope concerns

By Dennis Webb

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the ...


Tipton gets earful about regulations

By Gary Harmon

An expanding web of regulations means a less certain business environment, which is holding back the nation’s economic recovery, several business representatives said Tuesday during a tour of a Grand Junction manufacturer. The gamut ...

GarCo debates 
who will inspect 
eateries, festivals

By Dennis Webb

The state is working on a contract with the Mesa County Health Department to have it do restaurant food safety licensing and inspections in western Garfield County. That’s prompting Garfield commissioners to consider having their county ...

$1 million fine levied in deaths at Ouray County silver mine

By Emily Shockley

The former operators of a Ouray County silver ore mine are facing a fine of more than $1 million following the completion of a federal investigation into the death of two workers at the mine last November. The U.S. Department of Labor’s ...


Internet cafés might be flirting with illegal gambling

By Greg Ruland

Grand Junction Internet sweepstakes cafes could be forced to close if local law enforcement determines they actually operate as houses of gambling. Law enforcement officials declined to comment on whether an investigation of the businesses is ...


Drug arrests, referral action down at CMU

By Emily Shockley

There were fewer drug-related arrests in 2013 than in 2012 on Colorado Mesa University’s main campus, according to an annual crime and campus security report released this fall. The same report shows an uptick in arrests for suspected ...


Woman festered in filth; her son is sent to prison

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Valley man must serve five years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for neglecting his mother so severely that her life was in danger. Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Monday sentenced Keith Rohracker, 57, to a ...


Junction man takes plea deal, insists he is innocent in fatality

By Kathleen Goddeyne

A Grand Junction man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for killing his friend in a drunken driving accident, even while he maintained his innocence. Jason Shriver, 39, pleaded guilty in August to a single count of vehicular homicide ...

Udall: Restrict travel over Ebola

By Gary Harmon

Udall: Restrict travel over Ebola Federal officials should prevent people being monitored for symptoms of Ebola from boarding domestic airlines, said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. The Transportation Security Administration and Centers for ...

GarCo gains clarity on frack tax refunds

By Dennis Webb

Though the end result is still hard to swallow, Garfield County officials have gotten some answers as to how tax-receiving entities in the county could have ended up on the hook for $5.7 million in rebates of sales taxes related to a ruling on ...

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