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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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City official cited; alcohol a factor in 2006 arrest

By Paul Shockley

A summons issued Saturday to a Grand Junction city official on suspicion of drunken driving wasn’t his first alcohol-related encounter with local law enforcement. Jay Valentine, 45, had been booked into the Mesa County Jail in March ...


Airport soil tested around damaged runway

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Soil core samples taken Wednesday from areas at the Montrose Regional Airport are expected to bare answers next week regarding public safety and the cost of repairing a damaged runway. Last month, a city-hired contractor used ...


Montrose council member objects to inquiry by two others on board

By William Woody

MONTROSE — During the first live television broadcast Tuesday night of a Montrose City Council meeting,  Thomas Smits accused fellow council members Carol McDermott and Gail Marvel of unethical behavior. He said the two conducted a ...


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