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New website provides voluntary data on well-specific fracturing

By Dennis Webb

Several energy companies operating in northwest Colorado agreed to publicly disclose on a new website information regarding the components of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in specific wells. The site, http://www.fracfocus.org, is scheduled ...


Western showdown: Name flap erupts

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Renaming Mesa State College anything with “western” in the title would be akin to identity theft, according to one member of Western State College’s board of trustees. Trustees at the Gunnison-based college adopted a ...


County official fired, escorted out by deputies

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A longtime Mesa County supervisor was fired this week, continuing a shake-up within the management levels of the county. Mark Reitz, director of purchasing and risk management and a 19-year county employee, was terminated Wednesday and ...


Principal’s ouster riles Glenwood

By Dennis Webb

Hundreds of Glenwood Springs residents are up in arms and talk of recalling Roaring Fork School District board members is in the air after the board Wednesday night decided not to renew the contract of a popular grade-school ...


Few federal services assured unless Congress breaks logjam

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The U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail next week, even if the rest of the federal government shuts down, and it most likely will deliver Social Security checks. Beyond that, it’s unclear which federal employees will be on the job ...


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Museum revs up for grand opening

By Melinda Mawdsley

Tammy Allen wanted to bring intrigue and controversy to Grand Junction. The local car collector and museum owner said she accomplished her mission with the $132,000 purchase of the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Navy ambulance that allegedly carried ...


Regulators: Drilling permit numbers misleading

By Dennis Webb

Oil and gas drilling permits in Colorado continue to show a sharp decline, but state regulators say different measures give a more upbeat indication of industry activity in the state. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved ...


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Couple turn their grief into help for other families

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Three years ago, Stacy and Chris Hite never imagined they’d soon be burying their grandson. Now they find healing in helping others who are thrust into the same situation. The Hites founded Gabriel’s Wish last month to honor ...


Collbran robotics teams compete in Denver

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Two Mesa County high schools will compete today and Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Colorado Regional Competition in Denver. The Collbran Job Corps’ robotics team has won the competition three times since the team’s rookie season ...


Proof of voters’ citizenship bill advances

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House gave preliminary approval to a bill Thursday to give Secretary of State Scott Gessler the authority to do what he says he’s already done — check to see if noncitizens have registered to vote. Gessler told ...


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