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New law plows ahead to close agriculture property tax loophole

By Charles Ashby

County assessors are going to be busy this year trying to comply with a new law that went effect Jan. 1. The new law is designed to close at least part of a loophole in the state’s agricultural property tax laws. Farmers and ranchers ...

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Pair held in 5-day shooting spree

By Amy Hamilton

Two local 18-year-olds have been arrested in connection with a string of shootings at vehicles, homes and, police allege, at a man whom they didn’t know but fired at to watch him die. Details of the five-day terror spree starting ...

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Construction flickering; pro baseball may be big hit

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The boys of summer will take the field in Grand Junction in 2012, that much is certain. It’s also likely construction will begin on three libraries in western Colorado, projects that could lead the construction industry during an ...

Minimum hourly wage in state goes up 28 cents

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Colorado is one of eight states that will increase its minimum wage today. The state’s minimum wage shifted at the stroke of midnight from $7.36 an hour to $7.64 an hour. The minimum wage for employees who receive tips also went up 28 ...

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Advice for new year: Live each day to fullest

By Amy Hamilton

Most residents of The Commons couldn’t tear themselves away New Year’s Eve from the crooning of the Frank Sinatra impersonator, Randy Fosburgh, as they sang along and tapped their feet. “I want you to know I’ve danced ...

Local BLM officials determining impact of sage-grouse policy

By Dennis Webb

Bureau of Land Management officials at the local and state level are working to determine how to follow new national direction from the agency about protecting the greater sage grouse and its sagebrush habitat. The internal guidance the ...

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Third fire station opens on Montrose’s west end

By Amy Hamilton

The Montrose Fire Protection District begins the new year with a new fire station, its third, on the city’s west end. Staff at Station 3 at 62840 Spring Creek Road are projected to respond to more than 700 incidents per year and reduce ...


Bike-race rejection darkened final days for Anzelmo

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Dealing with the reaction to her rejection of a leg of a professional cycling race across Colorado National Monument was “the hardest set of experiences” of Joan Anzelmo’s 35-year National Park Service career. Anzelmo, who ...

Biz owners: Cut benefits to keep fund solvent

By Staff

A new poll suggests Colorado small business owners are mostly in favor of labor-union reforms and reducing unemployment benefits if the state’s unemployment fund nears bankruptcy. The Colorado chapter of the National Federation of ...

Energy-saving grant program to be extended

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A program that provides matching grants to help local small businesses make energy-saving improvements will be extended through the end of February. The Greenback$ program was scheduled to end at the close of 2011, but it received a two-month ...

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