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Ice Age beasts come alive

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If the seeming chill of a Grand Valley night as it might have looked during the Ice Age doesn’t send a shiver down the spine, then the thought of a saber-tooth cat preparing to chow down on a dead woolly mammoth will. That’s what ...


State tourism incentives won’t go to Montrose project

By Charles Ashby

Montrose County did not make the final cut in getting state incentives to boost tourism and create jobs. Instead, the Colorado Economic Development Commission on Friday awarded the incentives to a hotel-exhibition center in Aurora and an ...


Admission standards, tuition increases on trustee docket

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The standards for getting into Colorado Mesa University and the cost of enrollment are both expected to increase soon. Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign House Bill 1324 on Monday morning at the Mesa County Courthouse, officially moving ...


Jobless rate in county slips in April

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate shrank slightly in April, as did the county’s labor force. At 9.1 percent in April, the county’s unemployment rate decreased half a percentage point year-over-year and four-tenths of a ...


Gunman arrested after entering assisted living center

By Staff

A Rifle man was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say he entered an assisted living center armed with a handgun, prompting an evacuation of the facility. Gregory Blurton, 54, was taken into custody about 45 minutes after he entered ...


Flaming Gorge pipeline plan dealt setback

By Dennis Webb

Calling the request premature and overly broad, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday stood by its earlier decision denying a preliminary permit application for the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline. Opponents of the project cheered ...


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Man nabbed in discount store robbery

By Paul Shockley

A man allegedly used a cordless power drill to mimic a handgun, stuffed inside his pants, while robbing an Orchard Mesa discount store on Sunday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Gary Michael Lynn Barnet, 29, of Washington, was ...


Oxbow pays BLM nearly $1 million for coal lease

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management this week netted nearly $1 million in leasing 726 acres to Oxbow Mining LLC, to allow expansion of its Elk Creek Mine just north of Somerset. Oxbow paid $990,264 in order to be able to develop about 4 million ...


Hearing in July for slay suspect

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A Cedaredge man charged with second-degree murder in the 2010 death of his wife faces a preliminary hearing June 25. Delta County Judge Sandra K. Miller set the hearing date on Thursday after scolding Billy Dean Kissner for tardiness for the ...


Governor to hit GJ, Rifle for bill-signing

By Staff

Gov. John Hickenlooper will tour the state to sign several bills starting today, including a couple of stops in Grand Junction and Rifle. After a trip that will take him through Pueblo and Durango, the Democratic governor will arrive in Grand ...


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