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Regional forester warns of tense fire season

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The lower North Fork fire in the mountains southwest of Denver, which has claimed at least three lives, could be the harbinger of a long summer of burning, the new forester for the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. Forest Service ...


West’s voters in poll oppose fracking ban, Club 20 told

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Active voters in the energy-producing states of the West like hydraulic fracturing, while environmental concerns barely show up when asked about the issues that matter to them, the president of an industry group told Club 20 on ...


Budget study panelist says Amendment 23, TABOR dangerous

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Amendment 23, which promised to bump up funding of public education in Colorado, needs to go, as does much of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a panel of Coloradans studying state issues concluded. “Colorado has about 12 years to ...


They said it at Club 20

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■ “I believe voters do not have an appreciation of the hole we are in” for state funding of K-12 education — Mike Melanson, senior partner of OnSight Public Affairs, on Colorado’s budget woes ■ “I ...


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Wright is solid choice as Republican nominee in House District 54

By Charles Ashby

The 45 delegates at the Republican House District 54 Assembly needed little convincing Saturday that Jared Wright was their man for the job as representative to the Colorado House. The Fruita police officer easily defeated Palisade vineyard ...


New twist for drivers

By Amy Hamilton

After a decade of dealing with roundabouts, some Grand Valley residents still are put out by the circular road configuration. But roundabouts are so early 2000. The latest road design, a diverging-diamond interchange, also first popularized ...


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Orphans choir from Uganda makes music

By Rachel Sauer

The rhythms, the costumes, the instruments, the dance steps come from far away, but the music is much closer. When the 10 young members of the Ugandan Orphans Choir step on stage, the music wells from inside them — from their hearts, ...


Group: Suicide numbers too high

By Amy Hamilton

In the wake of a five-year spike in the number of suicides in Mesa County, residents, prevention groups and officials from Mesa County decided something must be done. In 2011, 44 people committed suicide in the county, a number that was 44 ...


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Crowd at expo hooked on fly fishing

By Amy Hamilton

The 1992 movie “A River Runs Through It” helped popularize the sport of fly fishing, according to Gifford Maytham, a fly-fishing guide and professional with the Scott Fly Rod Co. And two decades later, despite the recession, more ...


Horse rescue operations active in western Colorado

By Bob Silbernagel

Steadfast Steeds, featured in the main article on this page, focuses on providing homes and promoting adoption for mustangs that have been removed from their range. It is not a rescue facility for abused or abandoned domestic horses. But there ...


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