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Counties join forces to advance oil shale

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County officials from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, fed up with delays in development of oil shale, have joined forces to prod Congress into action. The officials, joined by a former head of the Bureau of Land Management, represent the counties ...


Plan advances to slash car-tag late fees

By Charles Ashby

Colorado motorists who register their vehicles after their plates have expired would see a reduction in the late fees they pay under a bill that won preliminary approval Wednesday in the Colorado House. Republicans who supported the measure ...


TABOR timeout, pot-shop issue on Fruita ballot

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Fruita voters will decide next week what their community will look like in the coming years. Two ballot questions ask residents whether they want to approve a revenue-retention measure and ban medical marijuana centers. Referred Issue A ...


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Fruita mayoral election: City government experience is her edge, Buck says

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Having served as a Fruita city employee and a City Council member, Lori Buck has crafted and implemented city policies — something to which no one else on the council can lay claim. She worked in the Community Development Department for ...


Industry urging feds to expedite drilling in North Fork Valley

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The continuing study of a new resource management plan shouldn’t stand in the way of leasing 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley, an industry organization said. The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association wrote to Interior ...


Group battles water rights for Utah nuke plant

By Matthew Berger

A proposal for Utah’s first nuclear power plant will face a legal challenge from environmental groups questioning the state review process that resulted in the proposed plant’s water rights. The facility would be located about ...


Holy Family students raise $10K for St. Jude’s children’s hospital

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For Holy Family Catholic School students, solving math problems added up to more than $10,000 in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the Grand Junction private school ...


Bill would alter landscape of Colorado’s drug policy

By Charles Ashby

Despite objections from district attorneys and law enforcement officials, a Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to lower sentences for drug-possession crimes and give drug abusers treatment instead. The idea behind SB163 is to prevent ...


Coal-lease decision on Elk Creek Mine upheld on appeal

By Dennis Webb

A U.S. Department of Interior board Wednesday upheld a Bureau of Land Management decision to lease 786 acres of federal coal for development in the Elk Creek Mine near Somerset. The BLM decided in June to hold a lease sale in response to an ...


Man takes plea deal in illegal lion hunts

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement reached Tuesday in Denver federal court says a local hunting guide agreed to testify against others who may be implicated in an alleged conspiracy to illegally hunt mountain lions in western Colorado and Utah for paying ...


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