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Insect score card reflects winners, losers

By Matthew Berger

The drought conditions that have swept through Colorado and the wider region are affecting the animal kingdom in various ways. For longer-lived large animals the exact extent of those effects might not be clear, but for many insects the ...

Mesa, Rio Blanco to join GarCo push for drilling on Roan

By Dennis Webb

Rio Blanco and Mesa counties are poised to join Garfield County in backing the existing Bureau of Management plan for drilling on top of the Roan Plateau near Rifle. The counties are adding their support after a recent court ruling that the ...


Wet, cool weather to be intermittent

By Staff

Enjoy the rain while it lasts. Grand Junction received 0.04 inch of rain earlier in the day Sunday before accumulating another quarter of an inch starting about 5 p.m. More precipitation may be on the way today, according to Dennis ...

Armchair experts on state budget get their chance

By Staff

Those who don’t like how the Colorado Legislature allocates taxpayer money have a new tool to use to get their message across. It’s called Backseat Budgeter, and its coming to Grand Junction this week. That’s a new ...

Hot cars a danger for children

By Staff

Mesa County hasn’t had a child die as a result of being left in a hot car in at least two decades. But Mesa County Health Department officials don’t want to a take a chance on breaking that streak. The health department wants to ...

Homeless shelter nixes moving plan, fires its director

By Amy Hamilton

Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley is taking a step back on securing a new building for its homeless clients. The nonprofit agency had been under contract on the former Grand Valley Power building, 2727 Grand Ave. It had expected to move ...

Science Monday, July 16, 2012

By Matthew Berger

Lilies blooming too early for hummingbirds seeking nectar Glacier lilies, whose yellow flowers can be seen in mountain meadows throughout western North America in the early spring, are now appearing even earlier in the spring. The ...


Drought prompts Western Slope fire departments to boost equipment, training

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Fire was clearly in the forecast months ago as a dry winter left thousands of acres of pinyon-juniper forest in western Colorado as susceptible to ignition as an open gasoline can. “We’re dreading it, believe me,” said James ...

History of fires a teacher for Garfield County

By Dennis Webb

A fire department can never truly have enough resources when a major wildfire strikes. But thanks to Garfield County’s history of damaging and sometimes deadly wildfires, and other factors including a healthy tax base from oil and gas ...


Volunteer firefighters find niche as community servants

By Rachel Sauer

A fire does not care who’s fighting it. It’s going to burn regardless. So, volunteer firefighter, paid firefighter — the important thing is fighting the fire. And it’s a similar sentiment among victims, those who had ...

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