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Budget cuts would nick School District 51 by $9.2 million

By Emily Shockley

The $375 million cut to K–12 education proposed Tuesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper would amount to a loss of $9.2 million next school year in School District 51. Add the million-dollar increase in the school district’s contribution ...

Two reactions to governor’s spending plan: less government or more revenue needed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The governor’s proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year was met with mixed reactions from state lawmakers Tuesday. While some herald the massive cuts to public education as sad but needed, others said it should be ...

Feds to review Bush-era oil shale rules

By Dennis Webb

Seeking to settle two lawsuits, the federal government agreed to reconsider decisions during the Bush administration establishing commercial oil shale rules and designating 2 million acres for possible development. Interior Secretary Ken ...

Country Jam sues to stop competing act

By Paul Shockley

The Wisconsin-based ownership of Country Jam is asking a federal judge to block a competing event planned for late June, saying the man behind Bobby’s Birthday Bash has violated a contractual agreement. In a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. ...

GarCo, Antero settle Silt Mesa issue

By Dennis Webb

A battle between Garfield County and Antero Resources over high-density natural gas development on Silt Mesa has been averted, at least for now. County commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to accept a settlement offer by Antero and drop the ...

Teen held in Fruita gun threats

By Paul Shockley

A Fruita teen was arrested on suspicion he aimed a shotgun at more than a dozen Fruita Monument High School students during an encounter at a gas station Tuesday. William E. Stephenson, 18, of 1752 L 1/2 Road, was booked into the Mesa County ...

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Hickenlooper budget hits schools

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to slash the state’s budget by about $570 million more than his predecessor had planned for 2011-2012. The bulk of Hickenlooper’s additional cuts would be borne by the state’s ...

Mesa County OKs energy master plan

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Mesa County commissioners Tuesday culminated four years’ worth of work that was alternately praised and panned by adopting a plan that will guide energy development. The board unanimously approved the Mineral and Energy Resources Master ...

Council candidates discuss public vs. private roles

By Amy Hamilton

About 30 Grand Junction residents Tuesday got a look at the candidates running for three open Grand Junction City Council seats. The forum, hosted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, had candidates answer mostly business-related ...

BLM to revamp oil shale rules, plans

By Dennis Webb

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today the federal government will reconsider decisions during the Bush administration establishing commercial oil shale rules and allocating 2 million acres for possible development. The announcement marks ...

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