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BLM: Gas leases would not harm North Fork Valley

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Leasing 22 parcels of land for natural gas drilling would have no significant impact on the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River, the Bureau of Land Management tentatively found. Public comment is now being sought on the environmental ...


Council approves architectural fees for Avalon work

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council approved a laundry list of items Wednesday night during their meeting. Most significant was the board’s approval to spend $110,476 for architectural service designs toward renovation of the city-owned ...


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County trustee Brown reluctant to move office

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Mesa County Public Trustee Paul Brown had one question when pressed by Mesa County commissioners Wednesday to move his office into a county-owned building. “I understand where you’re coming from,” Brown said of the cost ...


Court lets personhood backers gather signatures

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Supreme Court has cleared the way for backers of a personhood amendment to gather signatures to get the measure onto this fall’s ballot. In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled Wednesday that the proposed ballot ...


Statewide flag rite will honor Air Force officer

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Flags on Colorado state buildings are to be lowered to half staff Monday in honor of U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Hall, whose parents, Dennis and Kliffa, live in Grand Junction. Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered from sunrise to ...


New law to boost counties’ income

By Charles Ashby

A law that prevented the state’s county treasurers from investing in securities with credit ratings less than AAA is no more. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia signed the measure Wednesday. Gov. John Hickenlooper was in Houston. The Legislature gave ...


House OKs Tipton bill expanding hydropower

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A measure that would authorize development of small hydropower generators on existing canals and pipelines is set to go to the U.S.  Senate after winning approval in the House on Wednesday. The vote of 265 to 154, with votes from 28 ...


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‘Long journey’ ends with discovery of Paige Birgfeld’s body

By Paul Shockley

LATEST STORIES: Father tries to cope after remains located Birgfeld’s ‘cheffer’ friends share pain of loss Connie Flukey remembered the campfire pit at the top of the hill. Her husband, Kent, said he personally trekked at ...


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Obama supporter sets caucus tone

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Downtown Grand Junction Democrats were fired up for President Obama and some local races Tuesday night as they kicked off the 2012 campaign with precinct caucuses. Nearly 20 Democrats in precincts 39 and 45 gathered at East Middle School with ...


D51 moves to cut drug expulsions with counseling

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School District 51 will attempt to deflate a recent increase in drug-related expulsions by introducing a drug-counseling pilot program later this month. Students are suspended for five days the first time they are caught using or carrying ...


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