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Fruita museum reels in prehistoric ‘toothy terror’

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A giant predator of the seas, unearthed this week from the mud in which it lay for 75 million years, could be on display as soon as the spring at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. Volunteers and staff members from the Museum of Western Colorado ...


Craftsman’s work decorates roundabout

By Melinda Mawdsley

Tim Patty doesn’t consider himself an artist. In fact, when someone tries to use the words “you’re” and “artist” together, Patty all but interrupts the sentence. Still, it seems Patty must possess some ...


Lightning sparks fires around Western Slope

By Melinda Mawdsley

Lightning appreared to be the cause of a growing number of wildfires spotted during a busy weekend for both the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. According to a release from the ...

Pipeline to carry gas-field byproduct

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a local pipeline proposal that would improve transportation of natural gas liquids from production sites in Utah and Wyoming. The 95-mile, 16-inch-diameter Western Expansion Project ...

Do-it-yourselfer passes along tips for home restoration

By Melinda Mawdsley

Supporting the notion that people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, home improvement novice Ron Tanner bought an uninhabitable dump of a place in Baltimore in February 2000, restored it from the basement up, then wrote a book about it ...

Science Monday, July 23, 2012

By Matthew Berger

Climate similar to past; fires’ severity increases Today’s hot, dry climate alone is not enough to cause the massive megafires seen in the southwestern U.S. over the past decade, according to researchers. Similar climates have ...

Vandals test School District 51’s budget; damage at $7,000

By Paul Shockley

School District 51 is assessing damage from its worst stretch of summertime vandalism in recent memory, with damage so far estimated at about $7,000 in multiple incidents at separate schools, according to the district’s top safety ...

West ripe with environmental stories

By Matthew Berger

In retrospect, of course hiring a full-time environmental reporter would cause environmental catastrophes to ensue. Drought, wildfire, record high temperatures and all the attendant impacts on agriculture, forests, rivers, wildlife — we ...


Steers, young tears and paychecks at fair

By Paul Shockley

Earl was more than a 1,300-pound paycheck for 18-year-old Kelsey Kyle. He’s been Kyle’s life. For the past nine months, the Palisade High School graduate usually woke before sunrise to feed her champion steer. She’d ...

Water eyed for gas wells on the Roan

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Water officials and energy companies are working on an arrangement to use an old oil shale water right for natural gas and agriculture use on the Roan Plateau. The Colorado River Water Conservation District and the Bluestone Water Conservancy ...

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