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Agency eyes fix of wells near Silt over methane concerns

By Dennis Webb

State regulators are considering requiring retroactive top-to-bottom cementing of about 30 natural gas wells south of Silt because of concerns about possible methane contamination of domestic groundwater. The approach is something the ...


Loophole may close on ‘pretend’ farmers

By Charles Ashby

Only farmers and ranchers who live on property they are using for bona fide agricultural purposes would have the land their homes sit on get a property tax break under a bill that’s working its way through the Colorado Legislature. The ...


Oil, gas tax hikes threaten royalties, too

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — President Barack Obama’s proposal to revoke tax breaks for the oil and gas industry would hurt mineral owners too, says Neil Ray, president of the Rockies chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. Ray, ...


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Honor by atheists, freethinkers not a conflict for pastor

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Koinonia Church Pastor Michael Burr acknowledged it sounded like an “oxymoron” for a Christian preacher to receive a Person of the Year award from Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers. But Burr said it’s what he has in ...


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Idea to turn off some streetlamps not so bright after all

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction city officials thought they had a bright idea about how to save money: turn off some of the city’s approximately 5,000 streetlights. The provider and servicer of the city’s streetlights, however, said it’s not ...


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Group on lookout for pot use by youth

By Amy Hamilton

A local group working to prevent marijuana use by children has a recommendation for parents who suspect their children are using pot: Don’t dismiss the thought or minimize it. “We want to educate kids and parents. That’s ...


Honors earned at History Day contest

By Staff

Middle school and high school students competed Saturday in a regional Colorado History Day contest at Mesa State College. The competition involved students presenting papers, exhibits, websites and skits about historical figures and events. ...


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Happy feet dance their way to fame

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The girls on the Spirit Express dance team reacted like anyone would after hearing the announcement they had won the national championship: They jumped up and down. Only they were really coordinated about it. “Actually I was ...


Expect a dumping—liquid or frozen—early this week

By Rachel Sauer

Pity the poor crocuses, their bright, hopeful little faces emerging just this week from the dingy clutter of winter gardens. Is there anything friendlier than those brilliant bursts of purple and orange and yellow, the cheeriest harbingers of ...


Bennet hails deal to end U.S.-Mexico trucking flap

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., welcomed the announcement that the United States and Mexico found a way to resolve a dispute about trucking between the countries. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, though, said he will fight any such agreement ...


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