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Feds deliver setback to mine expansion

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service reversed a previous decision that would help allow the West Elk coal mine near Somerset to expand into a roadless area. While conservationists are praising the action by the agency’s Rocky Mountain Region office, ...

Bill would give businesses input in proposals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — One day after a similar bill died in the Senate, a House committee Tuesday approved a measure that would give businesses a greater voice in the fiscal impact of business-related bills that go before the Colorado ...

Issue of wilderness access could threaten Bear Ranch land swap legislation

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A proposed land swap that would consolidate billionaire William Koch’s Bear Ranch is being recrafted. “We’ve heard from the community, and we’re going back and making changes,” said Brad Goldstein, director of ...


St. Joseph Catholic Church ponders history, future

By Amy Hamilton

Plans to create a campus with a new parish hall, classrooms, an administration building and a 24-hour adoration chapel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Grand Junction are being formed, according to church officials. But uncertainty ...

Udall likes energy focus in budget

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U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., hailed President Obama’s budgetary emphasis on renewable energy Tuesday, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., noted the submission is but “a first step in the budget process.” Obama submitted a ...

Senator: Ease rules to aid mine cleanups

By Matthew Berger

Sen. Mark Udall continued a 10-year effort to make it easier for “good Samaritans” to intervene to protect waterways from the pollution draining from the abandoned hard-rock mines that dot the West. He cited Government ...


Voter rights violated by way ballots counted, lawsuit claims

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The way many Colorado counties record information as ballots are received violates voters’ rights to secret ballots, a critic of the system said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver. Marilyn Marks of Aspen, through a nonprofit ...

Golf, pool discounts reinstated for city workers

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city employees again will be able to golf and swim at the city’s facilities at deep discounts. During budget cuts in the past few years, those employee discount programs were pared back. However, Grand Junction City ...

Make My Day bill for business passes House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Several Democrats joined 29 Republicans in the Colorado House on Monday in extending the state’s Make My Day law to businesses. The measure, which now heads to the Senate, is designed to allow business owners to use ...

Health clinic OK’d for school employees

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After a sometimes heated discussion Monday evening, District 51 School Board members voted four to one to approve a proposal by Community Hospital to run a health clinic for people insured by the district. The proposal would allow District 51 ...

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