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University of Western Colorado the most popular pick for new Western State name

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More than half of respondents to a recent online survey picked University of Western Colorado as their favorite replacement for the Western State College of Colorado name. The Gunnison college is considering a name change as early as this ...

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Valentine’s Day marks beginning for young couple

By Rachel Sauer

That it was Valentine’s Day is merely coincidence. It’s the day they met five years ago at Taco Bell on North Avenue. She was three days back to work after breaking her foot several months earlier. He started work that day. ...

Feds deliver setback to mine expansion

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service reversed a previous decision that would help allow the West Elk coal mine near Somerset to expand into a roadless area. While conservationists are praising the action by the agency’s Rocky Mountain Region office, ...

Bill would give businesses input in proposals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — One day after a similar bill died in the Senate, a House committee Tuesday approved a measure that would give businesses a greater voice in the fiscal impact of business-related bills that go before the Colorado ...

Issue of wilderness access could threaten Bear Ranch land swap legislation

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A proposed land swap that would consolidate billionaire William Koch’s Bear Ranch is being recrafted. “We’ve heard from the community, and we’re going back and making changes,” said Brad Goldstein, director of ...


St. Joseph Catholic Church ponders history, future

By Amy Hamilton

Plans to create a campus with a new parish hall, classrooms, an administration building and a 24-hour adoration chapel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Grand Junction are being formed, according to church officials. But uncertainty ...

Udall likes energy focus in budget

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U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., hailed President Obama’s budgetary emphasis on renewable energy Tuesday, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., noted the submission is but “a first step in the budget process.” Obama submitted a ...

Senator: Ease rules to aid mine cleanups

By Matthew Berger

Sen. Mark Udall continued a 10-year effort to make it easier for “good Samaritans” to intervene to protect waterways from the pollution draining from the abandoned hard-rock mines that dot the West. He cited Government ...


Voter rights violated by way ballots counted, lawsuit claims

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The way many Colorado counties record information as ballots are received violates voters’ rights to secret ballots, a critic of the system said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver. Marilyn Marks of Aspen, through a nonprofit ...

Golf, pool discounts reinstated for city workers

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city employees again will be able to golf and swim at the city’s facilities at deep discounts. During budget cuts in the past few years, those employee discount programs were pared back. However, Grand Junction City ...

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