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Director chosen for new division of Parks, Wildlife

By Charles Ashby

A Pueblo native and longtime U.S. Forest Service worker will head the newly merged Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Rick Cables, who is ending a 35-year career with the Forest Service, was named Monday as executive director of the new ...


Property tax deadline Wednesday

By Staff

The deadline to pay the second and final installment of Colorado property taxes is Wednesday. Property owners can check the status of their tax bills at treasurer.mesacounty.us, click on the “property taxes” button and then on ...


City OKs contract for 911 center equipment

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The Grand Junction City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to spend $270,000 with a Colorado company to design and install new furniture and equipment in the new 911 dispatch center. The city will enter into a contract with ...


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Critics say unit leasing slows gas exploration

By Dennis Webb

When Salt Lake City resident John Jones started seeing considerable natural gas development occur in the Collbran area, it gave him reason for hope. A 58-year-old truck driver who has two children with serious health problems, Jones has ...


Regional oil, gas leasing proposed

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed leasing 1,136 acres in November for oil and gas development in the Plateau Valley. However, it is putting off a decision on whether to offer some 13,000 other acres in Mesa and Garfield counties so ...


Solar installation fees capped

By Charles Ashby

The cost just went down for Grand Valley residents and others in the state who are thinking about installing solar panels. That happened Friday when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill to cap fees that local and state governments can charge ...


Identity theft jumps in GJ; how to stop it

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Reports of identity theft in Grand Junction run significantly higher than the rate for Colorado overall, which ranks 11th nationwide in identity-theft reporting. Grand Junction police logged 170 identity-theft reports in the past 12 months, a ...


First of bait-car cases prosecuted quickly

By Paul Shockley

The first in a series of auto theft cases stemming from police use of bait cars ended with a guilty plea in 38 days. “It’s kind of hard to explain what you’re doing in a stolen car that doesn’t belong to you,” ...


State refunds available for overpaid fees

By Charles Ashby

Businesses that have overpaid the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office but have not yet claimed their money now need to turn to the Colorado Treasurer’s Office. Secretary of State Scott Gessler is to turn over about $485,000 in ...


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Area residents of Filipino descent mark victory with ally U.S. over Spain

By Charles Ashby

Americans have to wait another month, but for Grand Valley residents of Filipino descent, Sunday was Independence Day. That’s the day in 1898 when Filipino and American forces booted Spain from the South Pacific islands after nearly 300 ...


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