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Taxpayers advocate: No subsidies for oil firms

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Oil companies should be cut off from tax breaks and subsidies, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-based organization said Thursday. Jill Lancelot, co-founder of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said that soaring oil-company profits combined with ...


Equine virus forces closure of fair facility

By Staff

Because of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak, the Montrose County Fairgrounds in Montrose will voluntarily close its facilities to all horses for two weeks as a preventive measure. The horses that are currently boarded at the ...


Garfield County group a step closer to finishing South Canyon trail

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County and a trails group have taken another step toward completion of a trail through South Canyon west of Glenwood Springs. The Lower Valley Trails Group (LoVa) and the county today will mark the completion of the second phase of ...


Grand Junction police to focus on city’s most accident-prone areas

By Staff

Grand Junction police officers are serious about reducing crashes in the city’s most accident-prone routes. New street signs heading into some of these areas warn motorists that officers will be watching drivers’ actions. The new ...


Snowpack portends flooding

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The Colorado River will swell to levels not seen for three years once temperatures rise and the mountains lose their late coverings of snow that have pushed the statewide snowpack to 167 percent of normal, officials said Thursday. Bike paths ...


Squatter in Mesa State’s new Internet domain?

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Mesa State College student Justin Kolenc saw a business opportunity when the Mesa State College Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the institution. On the day the trustees voted for the new name, Kolenc bought the domain names ...


Wells Fargo closes Grand Junction mortgage center

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Wells Fargo announced to employees Wednesday it will close its mortgage-application-processing center in Grand Junction. The closure will affect 55 local employees. The bank will attempt to find jobs in other Wells Fargo departments for ...


Fewer federal funds for special education

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Mesa County school districts lost $84,187 in federal special-education funding for 2011–12 compared to 2010-11. But the Colorado Department of Education has stepped in to fill that gap. Each year, Colorado school districts with special ...


Montrose home destroyed in barbecue grilling fire

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A grilling mishap triggered a house fire late Tuesday evening, and fire officials deemed the structure a complete loss. According to Dale Erickson of the Montrose Fire Department, there were no injuries during the incident at ...


Snider retrial set after two weeks of jury selection

By Dennis Webb

It took two weeks and three pools of prospective jurors, but a jury has been selected in the retrial of a man accused of killing his father in Rangely. Jim Bradford, clerk of court in Garfield County for the 9th Judicial District, said a ...


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