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Health care fraud results in 4-year prison sentence

By Paul Shockley

A local man who stole at least $3.5 million from a program that helps uranium industry workers was sentenced Friday to serve four years in federal prison. Anthony Paul Breaux of Palisade, former owner of Honor-Bound Healthcare Providers Inc., ...

BLM OKs 159-acre addition to Oxbow coal mining lease

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management approved a coal lease modification Friday that it says will allow continuation of mining adjacent to an existing federal lease at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset. The action adds about 159 acres to a lease owned ...

Western State to pursue name change bill

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GUNNISON — Western State College of Colorado’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday morning to pursue legislation that would change the Gunnison school’s name to Western State Colorado University on July 1. Western ...


Ex-Kia dealer suspected of embezzling

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A former general manager of a Grand Junction car dealership has been arrested on allegations he embezzled more than $170,000 from the dealership by giving himself kickbacks from auto purchases. James David Gattis, 45, of Delray Beach, Fla., ...


Ex-district attorney Serra denied parole

By Paul Shockley

A bid by former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra to abbreviate his already short stay in state prison was rejected Wednesday. Serra, who pushed for his early release, was denied parole after meeting with the state’s parole ...

IRS to auction property from woodworking shop

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The IRS next week will auction off the contents of an Olathe woodworking business seized by the agency for nonpayment of federal taxes. IRS spokeswoman Karen Connelly declined to identify the business, but an Internet search found the ...


Bebb-Jones hearing will require third day

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A preliminary hearing to determine whether to bind over accused murderer Marcus Bebb-Jones for trial will continue into a third day after originally having been scheduled for one. The hearing will resume Wednesday ...

School resource officer agreement disappoints immigration activists

By Dennis Webb

The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District board this week unanimously approved a new, school-resource-officer agreement that youth activists say falls far short of addressing their concern about such officers being involved in immigration ...

Research: Pine beetlesbreeding twice as fast

By Matthew Berger

Some populations of mountain pine beetle have begun breeding twice a year, a discovery that sheds new light on the causes of the destruction these beetles have wreaked on forests in central Colorado and throughout the West. In the past, ...

Wastewater rules will cost billions, opponents argue

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission gave preliminary approval to controversial nutrient-limiting regulations that local water and wastewater officials say will cost them billions of dollars to comply with. After ...

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