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Bonuses for cash-saving employees shot down

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Mesa County commissioners this week rejected a proposal to reward county employees with a one-time cash bonus based on their ability to save the county money in the last two months of the year. A county employee compensation committee ...


Authorities searching for two hunters

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Search and rescue crews this morning were scheduled to resume the search for a Garfield County hunter who got lost in a remote mountainous area south of Silt. Officials from Mesa and Garfield counties spent a second day looking for Jim ...


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Split rig allows drillers to work in small spaces

By Dennis Webb

PARACHUTE—A year ago, placing a drilling rig in the narrow upper valley where Williams is operating one now in Wheeler Gulch north of Parachute would have required a costly and ugly excavation into a hillside. Today, a rig is finishing ...


Mischief mounts in Palisade over pot campaign signs

By Paul Shockley

Ruth Elkins said the upside is it will all be over in six days. Then, perhaps she won’t worry about the prospects for petty crime at her property in normally sleepy—but politically agitated for the moment—Palisade. Around ...


Proposition 103 foes fear money could be hijacked

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It would take the approval of the Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper to spend money raised by Proposition 103 on anything other than education if the ballot measure passes Tuesday. But opponents of the measure say they are concerned ...


State yanks license for firm selling oil securities

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado securities license of a Texas brokerage company has been revoked for illegally offering unregistered securities to oil and gas investors in the state, Colorado Banking and Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph said Wednesday. The ...


Returning war vets urged to be screened for rabies risk

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is asking veterans who returned home after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations connected to the war in the Middle East to check in with VA officials, after a soldier who had served in ...


Group explores traffic impact on monument

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Colorado National Monument will see traffic increases in the coming years that could require one-way travel or limiting buses, no matter whether the venue is promoted as a national park. That was the message Wednesday from a committee member ...


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Competing protests spring up

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They came, they waved signs, they cheered and booed when the “EnergyforAmerica.org” rally for domestic production fired up Tuesday in front of the old Mesa County Courthouse. And they snagged some pizza. “We have a federal ...


Driver ticketed in oil spill

By Paul Shockley

The driver of a semitrailer that crashed and dumped thousands of gallons of crude oil was cited Tuesday for a misdemeanor traffic offense, the Colorado State Patrol said. Randy Curtis, 26, of Dove Creek, was ticketed on suspicion of careless ...


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