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Health law: Is it a cure or a curse?

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The contours of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 have grown clearer over the two years since it was signed by President Barack Obama. In some regards, the law has played out much as it was portrayed. The law actually ...


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79 degrees breaks record

By Melinda Mawdsley

It was another day for the record books. For the second time in three days, a record high temperature was recorded at the Grand Junction Regional Airport with the mercury topping out at 79 degrees Sunday, according to the National Weather ...


Energy proposal to promote new, traditional sources

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Governor’s Energy Office would focus on more than just renewable energy under a bill lawmakers will consider this week. The measure, HB1315, does more than change the name to the Colorado Office of Energy Development, ...


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The roadless rule debate: assessing impacts and picking sides

By Matthew Berger

The intricacies of the fight over the roadless rules, both the federal rule and Colorado-specific proposal, are notoriously complicated, but some impacts can be discerned, and local groups and industries have had no problem choosing ...


Pugliese swamps District 3 field for Mesa County Commission at convention

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Rose Pugliese, who wore fiery red to the Mesa County Republican Party convention Saturday, burned her two opponents in the race to represent the party in the Mesa County Commission District 3 election. Pugliese captured 58.4 percent of the ...


Funds approved for volunteers to help with wild horse efforts

By Staff

The Bureau of Land Management approved nearly $100,000 to support volunteer-based wild horse rangeland improvement programs in western Colorado. That’s about one-third of the nearly $300,000 to be allocated for such projects in three ...


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Fork in the roadless: Will Colorado use federal or state-specific rules?

By Matthew Berger

About 12 miles east of Paonia, Minnesota Creek Road ends at Beaver Reservoir in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest. A mile farther is the edge of the Sunset Roadless Area, one of many battlegrounds throughout western ...


Police: Doctors wouldn’t sign off on assault case

By Paul Shockley

Court records involving a woman who reported an assault indicate doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital refused to review the case because they didn’t want to be called to court. The reported refusal, outlined in a Grand Junction Police ...


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Barista champ shares knowledge at cuppings event

By Rachel Sauer

Anyone who’s ever gagged on a cup of day-old swill, the kind that could strip paint from a cargo container, knows that not all coffee is brewed equal. But beyond “this is bad” and “this is good,” coffee’s ...


Girl Scout ideals etch life lessons on generations

By Rachel Sauer

For most of her time in Girl Scouts, Ruth Trowbridge was the only member of her troop in tiny Granada, Colo. A lady in town who’d also been a Girl Scout offered to help her, but Trowbridge still earned all of her badges solo. But she ...


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