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Colorado revenue forecast looks like last year

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It’s a vicious cycle. The economy could be at a turning point in its recovery and things could get a lot better, but only if things get a lot better, the state’s top economists said Tuesday. While the chances for ...

Dispute over ownership of Black Mountain Recycling turns violent

By Paul Shockley

A man was issued a summons Tuesday on suspicion he assaulted another man who was serving civil papers at Black Mountain Recycling Inc. near De Beque, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Jefferson Lee Been, 24, was ...

Roy Nelson mug

Former Delta mayor gets probation for attempted sexual assault of boy

By Paul Shockley

A former Delta mayor and City Council member accused of sexually molesting a young boy could avoid prison under the terms of a plea agreement. Roy Lynn Nelson, 41, was sentenced Tuesday to serve a four-year deferred judgment, in addition to ...

Telluride enters fight against uranium mill

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The town of Telluride has hired a Washington, D.C., law firm to prevent the construction of a uranium mill 50 miles away. Telluride jumped into the challenge to the state’s granting of a radioactive-materials permit to the mill, citing ...

Future cloudy for recycling in Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose residents who want to recycle could pay a $6 monthly fee for the city service beginning in 2012. The Montrose County Council approved an ordinance on a 4-1 vote Tuesday to amend the 2012 budget and charge the fee to ...

Bond refinancing helps District 51

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A shaky stock market helped School District 51 save $4.1 million in interest that property-taxpayers otherwise would have paid on bonds issued in 2004 to build new schools. The district refinanced $76.71 million in bonds Sept. 8, when stock ...

Pros have Rx to keep program flying

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Essential to the success of every Honor Flight has been a varying team of medical professionals willing to accommodate a wide variety of medical assistance needed by the aging veterans. “Our job is to provide basic first aid and rapid ...


Honor Flight meets goal in last trip for WWII vets

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

It has taken an astronomical number of hours and a lot of hard work by the volunteers behind the Western Slope Honor Flight.  In just 2 1/2 years, amidst an economic recession that reduced many people’s charitable spending, the ...

BLM taking comments on exploratory drilling for mine

By Staff

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on a company’s plans to drill on Oak Mesa in Delta County to evaluate a coal deposit. Oxbow Mining, which owns the nearby Elk Creek Mine, is seeking to conduct two years of exploratory ...

Near miss doesn’t stop roundup of wild horses

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A wild-horse roundup on federal land in Rio Blanco County begins today even as a federal investigation into a disrupted gather last week gets under way. Bureau of Land Management officials in Montrose referred questions about the Spring Creek ...

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