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Enos-Martinez will run again, Rice won’t

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District 51 school board member Diann Rice has decided not to seek re-election this November. Rice said Tuesday at a board meeting she is about to close on a home in Loveland and she plans to move there to be near her children and ...

Hickenlooper seeks disclosure of fracking fluid

By Dennis Webb

Colorado would join some other nearby states in requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing under a proposal Gov. John Hickenlooper announced during an industry conference Tuesday. The announcement came the same day ...

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District 51 considers employee clinic

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School District 51 is considering proposals for an employee medical clinic similar to the one opened Nov. 1 by Mesa County. The district received clinic proposals Friday from local organizations Community Hospital, Primary Care Partners and ...

Protester: Pot foes spreading false info

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A representative of the owners of the only medical marijuana dispensary operating in Mesa County argued Tuesday that petitions seeking to ban such businesses in Palisade should be declared insufficient because medical marijuana opponents ...

Agency finds fault with citizen testing of air pollution near oil, gas drilling

By Dennis Webb

A state agency is casting doubts on recent community-based air testing that reportedly found toxic chemicals near natural gas drilling in Colorado and New Mexico, including hydrogen sulfide at a Garfield County home. “There are some ...

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Six-year slide in Mesa County felonies

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County is on pace for a sixth consecutive yearly decline in felony criminal prosecutions. Most law enforcement officials say it’s difficult to pinpoint reasons why. “Whatever’s happening nationally, it’s my ...


2 booked in region bank heists

By Paul Shockley

Two men confessed to robbing three western Colorado banks of more than a combined $20,000 during a two-month spree stretching from Rifle to Montrose, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandon Dewayne Smith, 33, 606 Darlene Court, and Troy ...

Junction rainfall four times greater than July of last year

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The early arrival of the monsoon in western Colorado soaked Grand Junction with the fourth-wettest July on record, and forecasters say the moist summer weather pattern should continue this month. The city received a total of 1.71 inches of ...

County sells 12 parcels of land to building materials contractor

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Mesa County commissioners approved a contract Monday to sell a chunk of land in south downtown Grand Junction to Whitewater Building Materials Corp., a precursor to moving Public Works Department offices and equipment to a new location near ...

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Local Red Cross to cut 4 positions

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The American Red Cross’ Western Colorado office will eliminate four positions as part of a nationwide effort to slim the disaster relief agency’s costs. Eric Myers, who officially became executive director of the Western Colorado ...

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