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Civil unions one of seven issues before lawmakers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Civil unions won’t be the only topic of discussion Monday when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session. Among the seven topics set by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is a bill reconsidering Sen. ...

Rental vacancy rate at 10.4 percent in first quarter

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Grand Junction’s rental vacancy rate increased from 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 10.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Colorado Division of Housing. That jump may be deceiving, according to Division ...

Unaffiliated Leane submits petition

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Pledging to be a representative for “everyone” and not just those affiliated with a political party, unaffiliated Mesa County commissioner candidate John Leane on Thursday turned in a petition to secure his spot on the November ...

Rock climbing rejected near hatchery

By Dave Buchanan

Citing major concerns about possible diversion of federal funds as well as a general desire to retain an area for its original wildlife purposes, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission rejected a citizens petition Thursday to allow rock ...


Experience and degree combo may help CMU grads in job market

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Colorado Mesa University will graduate 1,342 students Saturday and send them out into the working world. Hopefully. A recent analysis conducted by The Associated Press found a bachelor’s degree guaranteed a position in a ...

Status change for monument divides panel

By The Daily Sentinel

A committee charged with recommending to federal legislators whether to seek national park status for Colorado National Monument is splintered on the issue, and the committee’s co-chairman indicated Thursday some members want to postpone ...

Laramie, Delta plan joint venture

By Dennis Webb

Laramie Energy II and Delta Petroleum are pursuing a joint venture to pool their resources in the Piceance Basin under a bankruptcy reorganization plan to be proposed by Delta. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge this week approved Delta’s ...

Guv calls special session for civil union vote

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado legislators should have approved a civil unions law, said Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, and he’s going to make them come back to the Capitol to do it. On the last day of the 2012 session, and a day after ...


Phoenix couple held after arrests near Rifle; man is suspect in slaying

By Dennis Webb

A murder suspect arrested near Rifle was wanted in connection with what a Phoenix police officer says was an act of “pure evil” in that city two days earlier. The Colorado State Patrol arrested Phoenix residents Allen Robinson, ...

Man pleads not guilty in July crime spree that involved slaying at Taco Bell, robberies, burglary

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton man on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to 16 charges in connection with a crime spree in July that included the shooting death of 31-year-old Jorge Alberto Carrasco. Lester Miranda-Davis, 19, is scheduled for a three-week trial ...

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