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Vote today on measure to speed approval for hydropower projects

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A vote is scheduled today on a measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., to ease the process of approval for small hydroelectric power generation units using existing water conduits. Using existing conduits that already have undergone ...

Palisade race draws competition

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Palisade Mayor Roger Granat will hang onto his seat without a challenge, but there will be plenty of competition for four other spots on the Town Board in next month’s election. Cody Butters, Anthony Cipperly, Robert Magill, Penny ...


Students get bird’s-eye view of Western Slope

By Matthew Berger

The clear, sunny weather in the Grand Valley Tuesday morning was not quite so idyllic from up above. Flying over the valley in a six-seat Cessna, we felt every little gust of wind shooting up from the canyon walls. But the view was ...


Budget talk pulls crowd of about 30

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Monday afternoon’s School District 51 community budget forum was the most sparsely attended forum in a series of four budget meetings hosted by the school district in the past month. About 30 people participated in the meeting, which ...

Hospital moves ahead with plans for new building

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After losing money in 2010, Community Hospital rebounded in 2011 to make a profit, enough that it is moving ahead on building its new campus. “We’ve done a nice job of adjusting for a new economy,” said Chris Thomas, ...

Mesa County applies for trail funds to link Junction to Loma

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Mesa County commissioners agreed Monday to apply for $4.5 million in matching funding from Great Outdoors Colorado to extend the Colorado Riverfront Trail from Grand Junction to Loma, but not before one commissioner protested and urged the ...

Avalon renovations may start in fall

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members are expected to approve $110,800 Wednesday toward an initial $481,000 cost for design plans to renovate the historic Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. More than a year ago, council members approved a plan headed ...

Democrats to gather in caucuses tonight

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Colorado Democrats will gather tonight in precinct caucuses, as their Republican neighbors did a month ago. Though with President Barack Obama as the unchallenged nominee, there is no fight, such as the one Democrats had last year, or as ...

GarCo drilling sluggish so far

By Dennis Webb

Early data for this year reflect the sluggish state of local drilling activity thanks to low natural gas prices. Through Feb. 22, drilling had started on 83 new wells in Garfield County, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ...

Investments in bonds approved by House

By Charles Ashby

A Senate committee killed two controversial gun bills Monday, and the Colorado House approved measures to help counties save money and budding entrepreneurs start home-based businesses. The day began when the House unanimously approved a ...

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