Western Colorado

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Investigators recover pound of meth, arrest two

By Paul Shockley

Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers acted on a tip Wednesday and recovered roughly a pound of methamphetamine hidden inside a pickup, according to arrest affidavits. Maria Montoya, 45, 409 Chipeta Ave., and Kelly Smith, 32, 243 Pitkin ...


Twenty-five District 51 students qualify for state speech tournament

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Central High School Speech and Debate Coach Anthony Bichler wants to return from this Friday and Saturday’s State Speech Tournament with a win. “This is my 14th year coaching, and we’ve been the runner-up four times,” ...

Price tag rising for Palisade fire station

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The push to build a new fire station in Palisade is encountering some obstacles after the general contractor on the project informed town officials the cost of the new station exceeds the town’s budget by roughly $300,000. Town ...

State Senate panel approves inspection of ballots

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A long-awaited bill addressing concerns over when and how election ballots should be subject to the state’s open-records law cleared a Senate panel Wednesday, but not without hours of testimony for and against. The ...

Panel clears Bradford bill that would head off problems with mineral lease payments

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Bills sponsored by local lawmakers dealing with federal mineral lease districts, a Montrose associate judgeship and recycling of electronic waste all cleared various committees Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. Rep. Laura ...

Federal agency faults Piñon Ridge licensing

By Dennis Webb

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state of Colorado acted contrary to NRC rules in failing to let the public request a hearing on the licensing of the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in Montrose County. It says the Colorado ...


County tops state rate of foreclosures

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Mesa County had the highest rate of foreclosure sales in February among the 12 most populated counties in Colorado, according to a report released Wednesday, an indication that any recovery in the local housing market is plodding along rather ...


Bill would let counties scrap trustees’ offices

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Mesa County’s public trustee could be out of a job under a bill that is to be introduced later this week. Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, said Tuesday he’s putting the finishing touches on a bill that would allow ...

Monument road to close for rock removal Thursday

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Colorado National Monument officials will close the west entrance to the monument and a four-mile stretch of Rim Rock Drive all day Thursday to allow crews to bring down a large rock slab. The slab, which is roughly 3 cubic yards in size, ...


Candidate’s views cited in national publication

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Two years ago, Palisade attorney Rose Pugliese made national headlines when she petitioned the School District 51 Board of Education to ask teachers not to present man-made global warming as fact in the classroom. Her views are in the news ...

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