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Club 20 backs state-sponsored health exchange

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Colorado should forge its own health-insurance exchange, rather than allow the federal government to create it, Club 20 said Friday. The Western Slope advocacy organization supported a home-grown approach during its policy meeting Friday in ...

Census data show rise in local home vacancy

By Staff

The number of vacant homes in western Colorado rose over the past decade, according to the 2010 Census, but the vacancy rate in most of the region was smaller than it was statewide. The rise reflected, as well, a national trend that showed ...

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Event resonates with GJ man who marched with Chavez

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When Grand Junction resident Geno Salaz marched with labor-rights activist Cesar Chavez, the former farm worker didn’t march for his rights alone. “It wasn’t just a march for Chicanos. It was a march for everybody,” ...

Bill would remove limits on damages in suits from DUIs

By Charles Ashby

People who sue drunken drivers for the accidents they cause could get unlimited non-economic damages under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Friday. Democratic supporters said removing the state’s cap on ...

Guv in GJ Saturday for 3 events

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Gov. John Hickenlooper will make three appearances in Grand Junction on Saturday, including his first keynote speech to Western Slope advocacy organization Club 20. Hickenlooper, in his first year as governor, will cut the ribbon for the ...

Chain to buy longtime Grand Junction lumberyard

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Seventy-four years of providing lumber on the Western Slope has ended for Harbert Lumber, according to a postcard it mailed this week to loyal customers. The card, signed by Harbert Lumber owner Gordon Harbert, confirms the Grand Junction, ...

Hickenlooper backs ‘fracking,’ with caveat

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday defended the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development in Colorado but renewed his call for companies to disclose the substances in the fluids used in the ...

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Voter turnout for city election may surpass record set in 2001

By Amy Hamilton

Voter turnout for Grand Junction’s municipal election is steadily nearing a record set a decade ago. As of Thursday, 41.2 percent, or 10,092 registered voters, had cast ballots, according to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s ...

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Man accused in baby’s death is ex-con

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton man jailed in the Oxycodone overdose death of his infant daughter will be prosecuted as a habitual criminal, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge Thursday. Manuel Angel Rivera, 30, 3233 White Ave., Unit 4, faces a ...

Merger of wildlife, parks passes Senate panel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A plan to merge the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation had little trouble clearing a Senate committee Thursday. The measure, proposed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, is designed to ...

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