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D51 gets energy award

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Xcel Energy presented School District 51 with a large novelty check for $661,807 at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting. The energy company reimbursed the district six figures for saving energy in 2011 through various efficiency ...


Meeker school repair remains on hold

By Dennis Webb

The Meeker School District continues to await information it needs before it can authorize repairs to its trouble-stricken elementary school. “We have not given the go-ahead for repairs to begin yet,” Superintendent Susan Goettel ...


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Junior Achievement to begin area programs

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Junior Achievement programming is slated to begin this semester in local schools. The national education program places volunteers in classrooms to teach ready-made lessons on finances, business and economics to kindergarten through ...


Company will try horizontal drilling for gas in proposal for De Beque area

By Dennis Webb

A drilling proposal near De Beque represents yet another effort by energy companies to explore for oil and gas in local geological formations that have been relatively untested up until now. Black Hills Plateau Production LLC, a subsidiary of ...


Judge denies bid by state trooper to suppress evidence in fatal shooting

By Paul Shockley

Poor performance by a lawyer isn’t a good enough reason to throw out statements made by a Colorado State Patrol trooper during a criminal investigation, a judge said in a recent ruling. In an order issued Jan. 12, District Judge Richard ...


Regulators may revisit drilling setbacks from homes, now as close as 150 feet

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff may reopen discussions about how close to homes drilling rigs should be allowed to operate. Commission Director Dave Neslin told the commission Monday it may be worth starting a dialogue with ...


Fracking water use minimal, energy industry report says

By Dennis Webb

Hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas consumed less than one-tenth of a percent of the water used in Colorado in 2010, a new report shows. That amount could increase by about 4,800 acre-feet in 2015 from about 13,900 acre-feet in 2010, but that ...


License plate delays this week

By Staff

Mesa County motorists needing to renew license plates will find themselves with limited choices this week. The main office for the Mesa County Clerk’s Office in Mesa Mall is moving to the new Central Services building at 200 S. Spruce ...


Wildfire meetings scheduled

By Staff

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, in collaboration with local fire protection districts and state and federal land management agencies, will conduct two meetings about development of a countywide community wildfire protection plan. ...


GJ City Council will take bids on parcel lease

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members likely will open a bidding process for farming on acreage near Matchett Park, with the contract for the current lease nearly up. Council members gave the nod to seek new lessees for the 113-acre parcel off ...


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