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Udall, Hatch propose panel on duplicate federal programs

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A Senate committee to reduce government waste could slash billions of dollars from the federal budget, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said, citing a federal report. Udall and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, proposed the committee, saying it would offer ...


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Plea deal sought for Arizona escapee

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Attorneys anticipate reaching a plea deal within two weeks in the case of a man accused of shooting at a Rifle police car after escaping from an Arizona prison. A judge Tuesday decided not to release the car to the ...


Judge mulls challenge by trooper to charges in Redlands shooting

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley said Tuesday he needs more time to consider a motion challenging an indictment against a Colorado State Patrol trooper in a fatal shooting last year. A motion challenging an indictment against State Patrol ...


Senate panel advances bill assigning liability if police dogs intentionally hurt

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Oldo, the Grand Junction police dog that was hurt in the line of duty last year, could have gotten his medical bills paid by the man who injured him, had a bill approved by a Senate panel Tuesday been law. Under a measure that ...


Jam attorney: Documents returned by bash planner

By Paul Shockley

An attorney for Bobby Willis has returned at least some of the documents at the center of a lawsuit with Country Jam. Joe Coleman, the Grand Junction attorney who represents Country Jam, said a package with “several hundred” ...


Guv plans 2-agency combo to save cash

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Colorado Department of Natural Resources agencies will become one under a plan unveiled by Gov. John Hickenlooper and legislators Tuesday. The plan to merge the Division of Wildlife with the Division of Parks and Outdoor ...


Elections chief uncovers 106 noncitizen voters

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At least 106 people who were not U.S. citizens when they registered to vote remain on Colorado’s voter rolls, state elections officials said. That number could exceed 11,000, the state’s top election official said. Exactly who ...


Don’t worry; you’re happy in Colorado, study says

By Paul Shockley

Are we happy yet? If you call yourself a Coloradan, chances are that’s the case, according to recent findings of the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. Colorado ranked fifth nationally for average well-being as measured in six ...


County budget cutting claims 6-figure victim

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Less than three months into a year featuring a 9 percent leaner budget and 30 fewer employees than it started with in 2010, Mesa County is embarking on another round of spending cuts to counter reduced revenue streams. The reductions began ...


Garfield sheriff says use of force in jail reduced

By Dennis Webb

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department has reduced its use of force in its jail and may be near settlement of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its treatment of inmates. But Sheriff Lou Vallario said reforms ...


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