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Coalition pushes for immigration reform

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Congress needs to act quickly on ways to treat illegal immigrants in the country and regulate continued immigration, a coalition of religious organizations said Wednesday. Hispanics from Mesa County as well as others representing agricultural ...


King seeks stiffer penalty for lewdness

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Masturbating in public should be more than just a petty offense, Rep. Steve King said Wednesday. That’s why the Grand Junction Republican introduced a bill into the Colorado Legislature to make the law clear when a person ...


Water board moves to improve 2 streamflows

By Dave Buchanan

Two important streams near Crested Butte will have better water flows in late summer thanks to a recent instream, water-right purchase by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The board acquired 5.45 cubic feet per second of water in the ...


Meis blames drilling slowdown on giving authority to legislators

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Western Slope counties that asked Denver to intercede when they had difficulty with some drillers are now suffering because of it, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis said. The end result of seeking legislative support, Meis said Wednesday ...


Venerable Telluride eatery destroyed in fire

By Paul Shockley

A 33-year-old Telluride bakery and deli was described by officials Wednesday as a total loss following a late night fire that remains under investigation. Baked in Telluride, 127 South Fir St., which bills itself online as the town’s ...


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Hickenlooper criticizes political, lobbying background of McInnis

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Twelve years in Congress and time working as a lobbyist perhaps isn’t the best experience to be Colorado’s next governor, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said Wednesday. Addressing the 112th National Western Mining ...


Plea delayed for woman charged in ‘Buddy’ theft

By Paul Shockley

A Delta judge Wednesday gave attorneys five weeks to work out a plea agreement in the case of a Fruita woman accused of stealing a dog that authorities believe later was killed by the woman’s brother. Melissa Lockhart, 32, was ordered ...


Convenience store owners close in on full-strength beer

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to allow convenience stores to sell full-strength beer cleared a House committee late Wednesday. House Bill 1186 is designed to help convenience stores get back some of the market they lost when the state allowed Sunday ...


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Questions linger with dead body

By Melinda Mawdsley

Authorities had little explanation Wednesday night as to the connection between hazardous materials and a body found inside a vehicle on Prospector’s Point, overlooking the Fifth Street bridge and the Colorado River. Members of the ...


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Ex-county employee sentenced for welfare fraud

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A former Mesa County Department of Human Services employee whose husband earned more than $104,000 in a year has been sentenced to 10 years on probation for stealing more than $18,000 in welfare benefits. Under the terms of a sentence handed ...


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