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Three Western Slope residents appointed to state water panel

By Staff

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed three Western Slope residents to the Interbasin Compact Committee, which addresses statewide water issues. Altogether, the governor appoints six of the 27 members on the board. His Western Slope ...

Montrose County residential development fees waived

By Staff

The Montrose County Commission agreed Monday to suspend residential development fees for the remainder of the year, joining other local governments on the Western Slope in an effort to reduce the financial burden on residential ...


Death of infant girl investigated

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Sheriff’s investigators awaited a report from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office on the death of an infant Sunday in Clifton. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department responded at 7:30 a.m. to a report that a 1-year-old girl was ...

Agency eyes fix of wells near Silt over methane concerns

By Dennis Webb

State regulators are considering requiring retroactive top-to-bottom cementing of about 30 natural gas wells south of Silt because of concerns about possible methane contamination of domestic groundwater. The approach is something the ...

Loophole may close on ‘pretend’ farmers

By Charles Ashby

Only farmers and ranchers who live on property they are using for bona fide agricultural purposes would have the land their homes sit on get a property tax break under a bill that’s working its way through the Colorado Legislature. The ...

Oil, gas tax hikes threaten royalties, too

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — President Barack Obama’s proposal to revoke tax breaks for the oil and gas industry would hurt mineral owners too, says Neil Ray, president of the Rockies chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. Ray, ...


Honor by atheists, freethinkers not a conflict for pastor

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Koinonia Church Pastor Michael Burr acknowledged it sounded like an “oxymoron” for a Christian preacher to receive a Person of the Year award from Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers. But Burr said it’s what he has in ...

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Idea to turn off some streetlamps not so bright after all

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city officials thought they had a bright idea about how to save money: turn off some of the city’s approximately 5,000 streetlights. The provider and servicer of the city’s streetlights, however, said it’s not ...

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Group on lookout for pot use by youth

By Amy Hamilton

A local group working to prevent marijuana use by children has a recommendation for parents who suspect their children are using pot: Don’t dismiss the thought or minimize it. “We want to educate kids and parents. That’s ...

Honors earned at History Day contest

By Staff

Middle school and high school students competed Saturday in a regional Colorado History Day contest at Mesa State College. The competition involved students presenting papers, exhibits, websites and skits about historical figures and events. ...

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