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House budget deal restores exemptions on ag products

By Charles Ashby

As part of a budget deal with the Senate, the Colorado House approved a measure on a voice vote Friday to restore a sales tax exemption on agricultural products. The deal calls for restoring the exemption along with a slew of other moves, ...


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Pianists strike creative chord

By Melinda Mawdsley

The nerves were worth it all. Grand Junction’s Kaycee Detmers, 13, performed four songs Friday before a panel of three pianists during the Festival for Creative Pianists, and she admitted she was jittery once she went on the Mesa State ...


Anti-tax crusader Bruce suspected of evading taxes

By Charles Ashby

Douglas Bruce, Colorado’s best-known anti-tax crusader, was indicted Friday by a state grand jury on suspicion of tax fraud and attempting to influence a public servant. Bruce, the author of the tax- and spend-limiting constitutional ...


No shutdown, Congress says in 11th hour

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Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama reached an agreement Friday night that kept the federal government in business while including cuts of $39 billion from current spending. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the ...


Four points outlined at health-insurance exchange meeting

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Dozens of residents quizzed state officials Thursday about the possibility of a statewide health-insurance exchange as a “Colorado solution” to federal health care reform. Joan Henneberry, director of the Health ...


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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