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Private-property group to work on sage-grouse, drilling issue

By Dennis Webb

Over objections from several local residents, Garfield County commissioners Monday agreed to pay up to $20,000 for the advice of a private-property advocacy group as it works with the federal government on management of greater sage-grouse ...

Mesa County pleads case for Roan gas

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The Mesa County Commission called on the U.S. Department of Interior to move forward on a plan for drilling natural gas on the Roan Plateau. The Mesa County letter was written to support a similar letter from the Garfield County Commission ...

Some BLM offices ease fire limits

By Dennis Webb

After recent rain, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and the Uncompahgre and Gunnison field offices of the Bureau of Land Management will return to Stage 1 restrictions Wednesday. Campfires will be allowed in permanent ...

Blue Mesa releases reduced

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Weekend rains allowed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to begin storing water in Blue Mesa Reservoir. Officials are required to release enough water from the Aspinall Unit on the Gunnison River so there is 900 cubic feet per second in the ...


Woman beaten in armed robbery

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A man entered a woman’s vehicle Monday afternoon outside Barnes Electric, 2811 Riverside Parkway, and assaulted her before fleeing the scene in what is being investigated as an armed robbery, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s ...

Property values total $2.028 billion in Mesa County

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Mesa County’s assessed valuation slipped less than 1 percent below last year as a result of the slowing economy and drill rigs moving on to more lucrative locations, Assessor Barbara Brewer said. The county’s assessment came in at ...


Insect score card reflects winners, losers

By Matthew Berger

The drought conditions that have swept through Colorado and the wider region are affecting the animal kingdom in various ways. For longer-lived large animals the exact extent of those effects might not be clear, but for many insects the ...

Mesa, Rio Blanco to join GarCo push for drilling on Roan

By Dennis Webb

Rio Blanco and Mesa counties are poised to join Garfield County in backing the existing Bureau of Management plan for drilling on top of the Roan Plateau near Rifle. The counties are adding their support after a recent court ruling that the ...


Wet, cool weather to be intermittent

By Staff

Enjoy the rain while it lasts. Grand Junction received 0.04 inch of rain earlier in the day Sunday before accumulating another quarter of an inch starting about 5 p.m. More precipitation may be on the way today, according to Dennis ...

Armchair experts on state budget get their chance

By Staff

Those who don’t like how the Colorado Legislature allocates taxpayer money have a new tool to use to get their message across. It’s called Backseat Budgeter, and its coming to Grand Junction this week. That’s a new ...

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