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Tipton: President’s spending plan adds to burden on taxpayers

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The U.S. Department of the Interior will get $11.5 billion under President Obama’s budget request to Congress. “We are helping to build a comprehensive domestic energy economy, creating American jobs and driving innovation,” ...


Delta school chief sacked after good reviews

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Former Delta School District 50 Superintendent Mike McMillan will receive a little more than $130,000 as a condition of his recent resignation. Tuesday was McMillan’s last day as head of the district. He submitted a resignation letter ...


Bill may bring video gambling to region

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Don Coram’s bill to bring horse racing to the Western Slope may not actually result in that. Instead, the Montrose Republican introduced a bill into the Legislature last week to allow anyone who holds a horse-track ...


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Driver killed in bizarre accident on business loop

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A Grand Junction-area man was killed early Sunday when he was run over by his own vehicle after he apparently leaned out to spit tobacco juice, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The 34-year-old man was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier ...


Bradford’s husband suffers heart attack

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Laura Bradford’s husband, Linton Mathews, had a massive heart attack Sunday. As a result, the embattled Collbran Republican said she will be absent from the Colorado Legislature until her husband is well enough to leave an area ...


10th Circuit sinks lawsuit in gun raid

By Paul Shockley

A ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals may be the final word in a nearly 5-year-old feud over a gun raid involving the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. The Court of Appeals on Feb. 2 upheld a ruling issued in March 2011 by a ...


Natural-gas plan for state vehicles

By Dennis Webb

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration is evaluating possibilities to increase use of compressed natural gas in state vehicles. In November, Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an agreement designed to boost the use of ...


This Week in the Legislature, Feb. 13, 2012

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House Speaker Frank McNulty plans to form a special committee examining changes to a legislative-privilege clause in the Colorado Constitution after the traffic stop controversy with Rep. Laura Bradford. ■ Today: The House Agriculture, ...


Relief for dry Grand Valley may come Tuesday

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The rain that began falling in the lower elevations Sunday evening could provide a hint of what’s to come early this week for a bone-dry Grand Valley. A second storm system will roll into western Colorado tonight, following the one that ...


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New owner of old train depot open to ideas for its future use

By Amy Hamilton

The buyer of Grand Junction’s historic train depot doesn’t have any specific plans for the building, but she’s open to ideas. Valerie Pearson of Texas purchased the more-than-century-old building in October. “It ...


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