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Udall lauds Senate passage of bill for ski areas’ off season

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., on Wednesday cheered the Senate’s passage the prior evening of legislation clarifying the ability of ski areas to offer more year-round uses on federal lands. “I’ve been fighting for five years ...


Judge halts uranium leasing, reverses DOE finding on environment

By Dennis Webb

A federal judge on Tuesday suspended a 42-square-mile federal uranium-leasing program in Mesa, Montrose and San Miguel counties, ruling that it failed to undergo legally required environmental reviews and can’t go forward until it ...


Adults cleared after two child-abduction claims; 2 other claims made up

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose Police Department has closed its investigation into three suspected attempted child abductions, according to a department news release. The first report on Sept. 29 involved a 12-year-old boy and a man driving a ...


Fire rekindles, does further damage to home in Rifle

By Dennis Webb

A Rifle Fire Protection District official says firefighters feel badly about a home fire that rekindled and expanded into the living quarters after it appeared to be out. But fire marshal Kevin Whelan said firefighters had taken numerous ...


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Fruita man guilty in slaying

By Paul Shockley

A jury needed just a few hours of deliberation to return guilty verdicts in the trial of a Fruita man accused of fatally shooting his roommate. Wayne Gert, 38, was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder, menacing, and two counts of ...


Drive to recall Montrose commissioner stalls

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A recall effort against Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis has fallen short, Montrose Clerk and Recorder Fran Long said Wednesday. To place Ellis on the ballot for a special recall election, the group Recall Montrose ...


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Hospital outsources dispatch services for CareFlight

By Paul Shockley

When CareFlight flew at St. Mary’s Hospital, pilots spanning nearly four decades relied on radio contact with people on the ground in Grand Junction. That changes today for the better, hospital officials said. “Like any homegrown ...


CMU will consider private-public model

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Colorado Mesa University trustees on Wednesday approved exploration of an idea that would make the school a public-private hybrid. With a recent University of Denver study indicating the state’s contribution to Colorado Mesa could drop ...


Shell shifting attention to deep oil shale

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GOLDEN — Shell Oil Co. has shifted its attention from its freezewall testing on federal oil shale lands in northwest Colorado and is concentrating on deeper areas of the deposit. Shell officials described their freezewall test in the ...


Estonian oil firm could employ 2,000 in a decade, director says

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GOLDEN — In little more than a decade, an Estonian company could be employing as many as 2,000 people in northeastern Utah, pulling 50,000 barrels of petroleum a day from rock. “It’s not fiction, it’s real,” ...


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