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Report: Colorado River provides huge economic boost

By Matthew Berger

The Colorado River would be the 19th-largest employer in the United States if it were a business, according to a new report. But cutbacks could be imminent if actions are not taken to ensure enough water remains in the river, its authors ...


BLM frack disclosure proposal similar to Colorado’s regulation

By Dennis Webb

Following the lead of Colorado and some other states, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Friday unveiled a proposal to require public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells on public and Indian lands. In ...


Senior services could receive boost from plan

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Seniors who need help with meals or other services could see a new funding source for those programs under a bill approved in a Senate committee Friday. As part of a bill to reinstate dental care services to the elderly, an ...


Woman avoids prison in welfare fraud

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A Grand Junction woman has been sentenced to 12 years on probation for defrauding the Mesa County Department of Human Services of more than $41,000 in welfare benefits. Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison also disqualified 29-year-old ...


Chicken Mike for president

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

In another cheep bid for attention, the city of Fruita has announced that Mike the Headless Chicken is running as a write-in candidate in the November presidential election. Mike, the world-famous mascot of Fruita, kicked off his campaign ...


I-70 roadwork finishing early

By Staff

A contractor has completed an Interstate 70 road reconstruction project in Glenwood Canyon 10 days ahead of schedule, bringing an end to a detour that restricted travel to a lane in each direction. Interstate Highway Construction, Inc., ...


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Newspaper honored for pioneer grit

By Rachel Sauer

It can’t have been easy, guiding a mule train over Stony Pass, the animals carrying parts of an antique printing press. John Curry did it, though, assembling the pieces once he reached a busy mining town called Silverton. On July 10, ...


Naked men roaming Garfield trails

By Dennis Webb

Recreationists who may have been hoping to see wildlife in the woods around Carbondale have been getting an eyeful of something else instead. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office has taken multiple reports of naked men being spotted on ...


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Trooper says he wants his job back

By Paul Shockley

Cleared of criminal wrongdoing but facing a federal lawsuit relating to a fatal shooting under administrative review by the Colorado State Patrol, Trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer said Thursday he wants his job back. “That’s ...


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Lawyers argued Dewey jury misdeeds

By Paul Shockley

In an appeal that was ultimately rejected, Robert Dewey’s post-conviction lawyers argued his 1996 trial was tainted by jury misconduct, among other issues, including the fact that the jury foreman was personally acquainted with or knew ...


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