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Section of Rim Rock Drive closed

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Colorado National Monument temporarily closed Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook Sunday night. The road closed at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in anticipation of winter storm activity. The road will be reopened within 24 hours ...

This week in the Legislature, Feb. 20, 2012

By Staff

The Colorado House and Senate are nearing their own self-imposed deadlines for the first bills introduced into the session to be passed out of the chamber where they started. ■ Today: The House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural ...


4 jailed in heroin stakeout

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Four people were arrested over the weekend as a result of Western Colorado Drug Task Force surveillance efforts that targeted a basement apartment west of Colorado Mesa University. The arrests began Friday night, when 23-year-old Keaton Earl ...


‘WTF’ sticker shock in Fruita

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Steve and Denise Hight thought they had hit on something quirky — and little more — when they stamped a simple double-entendre in black letters on a white background. They quietly circulated 500 stickers, reading “WTF” ...

Colorado Mesa University to keep pedaling for cycling race over monument

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Colorado Mesa University is still hoping to persuade Colorado National Monument officials that it can conduct a bicycling race on the monument with minimal effect on other visitors. The interim superintendent of the monument last month ruled ...

Movie theater’s success attracts GarCo funding

By Dennis Webb

A new movie theater is reeling in economic benefits for the city of Rifle, and a group that helped bring it to town has received additional funding to continue working on economic development in the region. Brenden Theatre opened its Rifle ...

Simpson tickets available

By Staff

A few remaining tickets to a luncheon speech Monday by former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., at Colorado Mesa University will be available after 8 a.m. Monday. Simpson, who served two terms in the Senate, was one of two co-chairmen of the ...

Coal train derails in De Beque canyon

By Paul Shockley

A 104-car Union Pacific train was parked Saturday night in De Beque Canyon after derailing. The train, loaded wth coal from West Elk Mine in Arco and bound for Kentucky, was halted at 5:50 p.m. when one of its cars went off the rails, Union ...

Man shoots self while searching for prowler

By Paul Shockley

A Fruitvale man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself with a semi-automatic handgun while looking for a possible prowler around his home early Monday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies were called around ...

Paonia makes magazine as top 20 ‘fantasy town’

By Paul Shockley

If you love the view and vino, Paonia may be your fantasy. That’s according to the editors of Sunset magazine. Paonia was ranked by the magazine among the world’s top 20 “fantasy towns,” for prospective movers ...

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