Western Colorado

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Avalanche danger high on Grand Mesa

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Residents planning a backcountry outing on Grand Mesa or elsewhere in the higher elevations of western Colorado this holiday weekend should pack with them some extra caution. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center on Wednesday extended an ...

Hayden lawmaker White to lead Colorado Tourism Office

By Charles Ashby

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper named a Western Slope lawmaker to head the Colorado Tourism Office in the next administration. Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, has earned a reputation as a champion of tourism, spending much of his four years on the ...

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The Salvation Army helps 760 families during first day of holiday distribution

By Amy Hamilton

“I need a doll that really cries,” one volunteer said, scanning a pile of donated dolls any girl would adore, then locating one that bawls when her soft belly is pushed. “Oh, Dora. Doras are hard to find,” another ...

State awards funds for bus transfer center

By Charles Ashby

Grand Valley Transit was among the first groups in the state Tuesday to win a grant for various transit projects from the Colorado Transportation Commission. The money Grand Valley Transit will receive, $800,000 for a new transfer center, ...

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Problems continue to plague $110 million Riverside Parkway

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The city of Grand Junction continues to run into problems with ground settling and cracks developing in a section of Riverside Parkway, a little more than two years after the $110 million bypass was completed. For the second time in eight ...

Powderhorn Ski Resort preps for Thursday opening

By Dave Buchanan

Powderhorn Ski Resort announced Tuesday it tentatively will open for the 2010–11 ski season at 9 a.m. Thursday. “As of right now we’re prepared to open Thursday morning,” said Sarah Allen, communications director for ...

Investigator: St. Mary’s fire started intentionally

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A fire Monday night at St. Mary’s Hospital that burned a patient and a hospital employee was started intentionally, a Grand Junction Fire Department investigator said Tuesday. Investigator Joe Cordova said the fire was started with a ...

Report shows effect of recession on payrolls in county

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Mesa County payrolls took a $200 million hit in 2009 when the bottom dropped out of the Western Slope and national economies, figures from the federal government suggest. Total compensation in Mesa County dropped from $3.3 billion in 2008 to ...

Count shows 5 million live in Colorado

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Colorado grew fast compared to the rest of the nation, but not fast enough to merit another seat in Congress. Just over 5 million people called Colorado home on April 1, when the census was taken. That’s enough to account for about 7.7 ...

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Jail escapee receives 105-year sentence

By Amy Hamilton

Even without habitual felony charges, a Mesa County man convicted by a jury of 24 felony counts was sentenced by a judge Monday to 105 years in prison. Shane Johnson, 42, who previously escaped Mesa County Jail by shimmying down the ...

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