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County to finish 33 Road project, with reservations

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The Mesa County Commission on Monday signed off on completing an eight-year road project in Clifton, but not before two of its three members reiterated their disdain for spending more capital money on that end of the valley. The board voted ...


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Family Health West picks CEO

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Family Health West is welcoming Mark J. Francis as the hospital’s new chief executive officer as current President and CEO Dennis Ficklin prepares to retire. Ficklin will remain the Fruita hospital’s president until his retirement ...


No oil, gas wells in your backyard? Don’t expect tax dollars, bill says

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Local governments that restrict or delay oil and gas development in their jurisdictions would lose severance tax dollars for doing so under a bill heard in a House committee Monday. The measure, House Bill 1356, is the latest ...


Bowie coal mine tentatively approved for big expansion

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The Bureau of Land Management gave a tentative nod to the proposed expansion of the Bowie No. 2 mine in the North Fork Valley. In a decision released Monday, the bureau found the expansion of the mine by about 500 acres to enable miners to ...


For now, steak, and savoring life on the outside for freed Dewey

By Paul Shockley

How do you start rebuilding a life after 16 lost years? For starters, in the case of 51-year-old Robert Dwain Dewey, you eat well. “He said he wanted a filet mignon steak, first thing,” Donna Weston, 71, Dewey’s mother, ...


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Innocence lost, regained

By Paul Shockley

Robert Dewey dreamed of riding. Interviewed in January by investigators behind the walls of Colorado’s Limon Correctional Facility, the 51-year-old Dewey said he chose “the easy way” to live in prison over the course of ...


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New suspect in 1994 Palisade slaying lived near scene of killing

By Paul Shockley

He lived down the street. Investigators in recent months learned 39-year-old Douglas Thames Jr. in 1994 rented an apartment on the opposite side of the street “two to three buildings down” from where 19-year-old Jacie Taylor was ...


Constitutional cleanup proposed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado voters may get a chance to remove measures from the Colorado Constitution this fall rather than put something in it. But even if voters don’t approve a proposed referendum on this year’s ballot that won ...


Values Rally first of three political events this week

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The United States has only a few years to get its financial house in order, speakers told about 90 people Monday at a Lincoln Park rally. “We have two, three years to turn this thing around,” said Genevieve Woods, vice president ...


Water experts to discuss area drought, low rivers

By Staff

With the Colorado River seemingly running on empty this year, several water observers, managers and users will discuss Wednesday the implications of the drought. The State of the Rivers public meeting will ask “How low will they ...


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