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Xcel, solar installers agree to rebate phaseout

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Xcel Energy Inc. and solar-power installers have reached an agreement that would keep a popular rebate program alive, at least for now. The agreement, which the two sides are asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to ...

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Record day, but rain on the way

By Staff

Well, it was nice while it lasted. The high temperature Wednesday of 74 degrees matched the record set in 1908, but it’s wise to remember that a record low (17 degrees on March 16, 1902) might be lurking around the corner. It’s ...

Bradford pulls bill on crimes against women in pregnancy

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Laura Bradford decided late Wednesday not to let a House committee hear her bill that would add crimes against pregnant women to the state’s criminal codes. Bradford, a Collbran Republican, said people on both sides ...

Congressional effort renewed for open records on fracking

By Dennis Webb

A revived attempt to increase disclosure and regulation pertaining to hydraulic fracturing is intended to bring about responsible natural gas development, its backers say. Sponsors of newly reintroduced U.S. House and Senate bills say natural ...

Monument closes area to keep hikers from nest of golden eagle

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Lower Monument Canyon Trail remains open in Colorado National Monument, but off-trail exploring and climbing near a golden eagle’s nest is off-limits for at least the next few weeks and possibly several months. The nest, discovered ...

Japanese disaster victims need cash, not supplies, Red Cross says

By Rachel Sauer

The first photos from Japan were unbelievable — the bucking ground, the inexorable water, the billowing smoke. The ones that followed were, unfortunately, believable and awful, the scope of the tragedy etched in the faces of those who ...

Montrose couple ‘good people,’ neighbors say

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Kama Sanburg and Scott Clarke were described as “good people” and avid outdoors types who were intensely involved in 4-H Club and other community activities. “I knew her as a wonderful mother,” Joey ...

Thieves steal signs calling for marijuana shop ban

By Paul Shockley

With ballots for next month’s municipal election showing up in mailboxes, signs urging support for a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries are reportedly disappearing in Grand Junction. Linda Gregory, 71, went to the Grand Junction ...

Mesa State employee bill stopped in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed certain Mesa State College workers to opt out of the state’s personnel system. The measure, offered by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, and Sen. Steve ...

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Homicide suspect found dead

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose Police Department said it found a homicide suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in an apartment complex Wednesday night. Sunshine Peak Apartments manager Lodi Brriley said police confirmed ...

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