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Off-road course gets green flag

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Aspiring off-road drivers will have a place to learn how to negotiate whoo-dos and oscillation bumps as early as next month in a course to be built in Unaweep Canyon. The Mesa County Commission on Monday unanimously approved a conditional-use ...


Street repair, bleacher safety priorities

By Amy Hamilton

Reinstating a chip-sealing program, adding more safety features to Stocker Stadium bleachers, and building an annex and parking structure for police vehicles top the list. At the bottom are paying for Horizon Drive improvements, developing ...


Uranium mining regulations stand

By Charles Ashby

A Denver District Court judge last week rejected a lawsuit challenging state regulations aimed at protecting groundwater supplies for a certain type of uranium mining. While the suit primarily impacts a controversial mine near Fort Collins ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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