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Estonian oil firm could employ 2,000 in a decade, director says

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GOLDEN — In little more than a decade, an Estonian company could be employing as many as 2,000 people in northeastern Utah, pulling 50,000 barrels of petroleum a day from rock. “It’s not fiction, it’s real,” ...


Guilty pleas to extortion, sex charges

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Preventing the possibility of life in prison, former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal extortion and unlawful sexual contact. Serra, 49, who was shackled and dressed in a ...


Oil shale boom would come with challenges, speakers say

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GOLDEN — Figuring out how to boil oil from rock is one thing. If that can be accomplished in northwestern Colorado, managing an oil shale boom would be something even more challenging, government officials told science and energy ...


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Lt. governor gathers ideas for literacy by 3rd grade

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Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited Rim Rock Elementary School Tuesday morning to glean ideas for a potential state early-childhood literacy policy. Garcia is touring Colorado this week with members of Literacy Matters Colorado, a group of business ...


DA: No charges for grave rocker

By Paul Shockley

A man who filmed himself dancing on a burial vault at a cemetery in order to win concert tickets will not face criminal charges, the Mesa County District Attorney’s office said Tuesday. Christopher Redd, 27, of Clifton, had been the ...


Companies set to test oil shale refining venture

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GOLDEN — In the race to produce commercially viable transportation fuel from oil shale, a venture in northwest Colorado appears to have an early contender. American Shale Oil, which is a partnership of a global telecommunications ...


River district to contribute $10,000 for appeal of oil shale water ruling

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado River Water Conservation District has agreed to help pay for an appeal of a ruling canceling some 140,000 acre feet of upper White River Basin conditional water rights intended largely for potential oil ...


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New park in Montrose recognizes native people

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Members of the Uncompahgre Ute Native American tribe and city staff on Tuesday celebrated Montrose’s newest city park, which has been dedicated to the people who inhabited the Uncompahgre Valley centuries ago. Taviwach ...


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Education Association endorses Enos-Martinez for school board

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Mesa Valley Education Association has endorsed District 51 school board member Cindy Enos-Martinez for District B. Enos-Martinez is running against local business owner Ann Tisue in the Nov. 1 election. Jim Smyth, president of the ...


Grant may help fund riverfront trail spur

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Mesa County will apply for a $200,000 grant from the state of Colorado that would help pay for the construction of a portion of an extension of the Colorado Riverfront Trail between Grand Junction and Fruita. County commissioners this week ...


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