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Dog survives desert ordeal

By Erin McIntyre

No one ever talks about dogs having nine lives. But a chocolate Lab named Bridger has clearly used up more than one life and has found a home, a happy ending to his survival story. All that is known for sure about Bridger is that he was ...

Two more bats test positive for rabies

By Amy Hamilton

Two more bats in the last three weeks have tested positive for rabies in Mesa County, public health officials announced Monday. Because rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms begin, Mesa County Public Health is urging residents stay safe ...


Snap! Cold, snow come and go

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Valley residents who enjoyed a balmy fall weekend in T-shirts and shorts found themselves reaching for winter coats and hats on Monday. A string of daytime high temperatures in the 70s and nighttime lows in the 40s took a dive at the ...

Methane ruling leaves industry in limbo while feds try to revise rule

By Dennis Webb

A court action has left oil and gas companies having to decide whether to prepare to meet a deadline to comply with a federal rule to limit methane emissions, even as the industry expects to see the rule revised or revoked and the government ...

CareFlight bids adieu to service plane

By Charles Ashby

St. Mary’s Medical Center said goodbye to its fixed-wing aircraft Monday. The hospital’s CareFlight aerial ambulance service sold its 1978 Beechcraft KingAir 200 airplane Monday because it was getting to be too old, spokeswoman ...


Spending cut still in place for the county

By Gary Harmon

A 2018 budget proposed by Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden would keep intact a 5 percent cut in approved 2017 spending for most county operations and claw back increases for additional deputy sheriffs and prosecutors. Whidden presented ...

Pot industry to hold political fundraiser for party in opposition

By Charles Ashby

All the progress that legalized marijuana has made in Colorado is nothing compared to what is about to happen on Wednesday. That’s when the marijuana industry will hold a political fundraiser for Republicans, many of whom opposed the ...


Wildflower ruling irks groups

By Dennis Webb

RELATED STORY: Despite litigation, research shows promise A local oil and gas trade group has until midmonth to decide whether to appeal after the federal government recently prevailed in a legal dust-up over two rare wild mustard plants on ...


Legislative contests coming into focus

By Charles Ashby

Legislative races still are more than a year away, but that hasn’t stopped some legislators from announcing plans for re-election. Locally, Sen. Ray Scott has not yet said what he will do. Last year, the Grand Junction Republican ...


Despite litigation, research shows promise

By Dennis Webb

RELATED STORY: Wildflower ruling irks groups A Colorado State University professor involved with experimental plantings of two rare Rio Blanco County plants on 12 research plots says the results to date are showing promise, despite the ...

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