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Drive to recall Montrose commissioner stalls

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A recall effort against Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis has fallen short, Montrose Clerk and Recorder Fran Long said Wednesday. To place Ellis on the ballot for a special recall election, the group Recall Montrose ...


101411 St Marys Careflight

Hospital outsources dispatch services for CareFlight

By Paul Shockley

When CareFlight flew at St. Mary’s Hospital, pilots spanning nearly four decades relied on radio contact with people on the ground in Grand Junction. That changes today for the better, hospital officials said. “Like any homegrown ...


CMU will consider private-public model

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Colorado Mesa University trustees on Wednesday approved exploration of an idea that would make the school a public-private hybrid. With a recent University of Denver study indicating the state’s contribution to Colorado Mesa could drop ...


Shell shifting attention to deep oil shale

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GOLDEN — Shell Oil Co. has shifted its attention from its freezewall testing on federal oil shale lands in northwest Colorado and is concentrating on deeper areas of the deposit. Shell officials described their freezewall test in the ...


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 ...


101811 Lt.Gov. Joe Garcia

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 ...


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