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Report calls for study of fracking water demand

By Matthew Berger

A new report calls for improved collection of and public access to data on how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas impacts the size of water supplies available to households in Colorado. Most of the debate over the impacts of ...


Tipton would vote for contempt if needed

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Thursday he was prepared to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, but said he hoped it wouldn’t be necessary. The House Judiciary committee voted 23–17 Wednesday ...


House bill aims to boost U.S energy production

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A measure praised by the energy industry and condemned by environmental organizations passed the U.S. House on Thursday, but backers said they have scant hope the Senate will take up the measure. H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, ...


Sightings of meteor reported

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A fireball that grounded firefighting aircraft Wednesday in eastern Colorado also was seen from the Western Slope. Reports about the direction of the fireball varied widely, with observations that the object was visible from Adobe Creek Golf ...


BLM sets up water tanks for wild horses near Rangely

By Matthew Berger

The drought sweeping the region has not spared Colorado’s wild horse populations. The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it had hauled in water for horses in a herd area south of Rangely and that they are supplementing natural ...


Truck mishap affects Comcast service in Roaring Fork Valley

By Dennis Webb

A truck striking overhead lines knocked out Comcast service in the Roaring Fork Valley and caused a one-acre wildfire in Carbondale on Thursday afternoon. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that the ...


State funds for student aid up slightly for CMU

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Colorado Mesa University will receive a 3 percent boost in state financial aid funding in 2012–13 but less money per student. The university is expected to experience a double digit percentage growth in enrollment again this fall after ...


Council adds to Avalon pot, OKs $3 million

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The Grand Junction City Council committed $3 million on Wednesday toward bringing the Avalon Theatre to modern entertainment and basic operating standards. The move sets the stage for an eventual $12 million to $14 million upgrade of the ...


Land ‘wheeler-dealer’ Jouflas dies

By Rachel Sauer

In a life of forward charging, of enormous effort and unending work, one of George Jouflas’ proudest accomplishments was selling ranch land for what became two world-class golf courses at Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club in Wolcott. Fairways ...


062112 drought spring review

Spring driest, 3rd warmest on record

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Grand Junction on Wednesday leaped from the frying pan into the fire, bidding farewell to a spring that was unprecedented in its lack of moisture and saying hello to a summer showing few indications that a break from the hot, dry spell is ...


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