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‘It’s like the endless wave’

By Amy Hamilton

For 24 years, Ali Wade of Aspen listened wistfully to stories from her father of the legendary wave that sometimes forms on the Colorado River near De Beque. On Wednesday, she was about to experience the famed “Big Sur” as she ...


Two raging rivers prompt rare restrictions, possible $50 fines

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that swollen waters prompted a rare decision to restrict use of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers in Mesa County, with violators facing fines of $50. The order was the first of its kind ...


Teen gets 3 years in stolen marijuana case

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A teenager who pleaded guilty to being part of a violent crime spree led by a man trying to recover stolen medical marijuana received a three-year prison sentence Thursday. Arion Gross, 18, of New Castle previously ...


Mine closed after worker dies in fall

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Federal officials are investigating an accident at the West Elk Mine near Somerset, which was closed Thursday after a 53-year-old man died from a fall of about 8 feet. The unidentified victim was a contract construction worker, the Mine ...


Fruita pledges help for businesses with increased sewer bills

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Under a federal directive to build a $28 million sewer plant, Fruita city officials in recent months repeatedly expressed sympathy for business owners who will bear the brunt of the rate increase needed to pay for the plant. This week, city ...


CU chancellor: No competition with CMU

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As of this fall, both schools will have university status. But that doesn’t mean the University of Colorado and Colorado Mesa University will be in direct competition, CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano said Wednesday in Grand ...


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Parachute store robbed; suspect may be armed

By Melinda Mawdsley

The man who robbed a Parachute convenience store Wednesday remains at large after fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. At 3:53 p.m., police were dispatched to Tiendita El Paisano, 140 E. First St., on a report of an armed ...


Natural gas not fuel for boom

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Natural gas might be the newest fuel of the immediate future, but the future remains a ways off for the methane trapped below hundreds of feet of rock in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin. Standing between more rapid development of ...


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Hold judgment on his staff’s pay, Rep. Tipton says

By Charles Ashby

Wait until the end of the year before judging whether U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is paying his staff too much, the freshman congressman said Wednesday. Tipton was responding to criticism from Monday’s release of congressional staff ...


Man admits giving pot to daughters

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement calls for 12 years in prison for a man accused of regularly providing marijuana for his two daughters, ages 6 and 7. Jack Dalton Duke, 28, of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to a single count of distribution ...


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