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Montrose city manager candidates’ pay packages differ widely

By Rachel Sauer

The Montrose City Council agreed Thursday to a package of salary and benefits worth more than $170,000 as a “best and final offer” to make to its top candidate for city manager. The package includes a base salary of $124,500, as ...

Cave closures to be limited on BLM land

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management in Colorado decided to take a less aggressive approach than the U.S. Forest Service in restricting cave access to protect bats from a deadly fungal outbreak. The BLM’s state office will pursue targeted ...

Rio Blanco County oil and gas parcels leased

By Dennis Webb

A Windsor, Colo., company Thursday paid $543,813 for U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases for some 1,609 acres in Rio Blanco County, where deep snow prevented thousands of other acres from being offered for leasing. The highest ...

School employee gets June court date in theft case

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A Montrose school district employee who is accused of theft waived formal advisement to charges Thursday and will return to court next month. Latricia Proctor faces two felony counts of theft for dollar amounts more than ...

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Police credit outreach team in slaying arrest

By Paul Shockley

Investigators looking into the beating death of a man turned to the Grand Junction Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team to identify a suspect, who eventually was arrested, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Aaron Myers, 26, ...

Lawmakers avoid standoff, end session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers averted a special session not long before the 2011 session ended Wednesday evening when House Republicans backed away from a controversial amendment to a routine measure. A brouhaha began Tuesday when GOP ...

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Coupon clippers going to extremes

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The pantry in Kacey Cornum’s Grand Junction kitchen resembles a miniature grocery store. A set of shelves in front of the furnace holds dozens of boxes of identical cereals and canned foods. Around the corner, another set of shelves ...

Montrose city manager choice brings controversy

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose Mayor Kathy Ellis acknowledged Wednesday a city manager candidate has been offered a contract. Meanwhile, a pair of City Council members said the final decision on the city manager was not made in a public meeting, as ...

Official: Air firm looking at other locales

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Extra Aircraft, frustrated by slow-moving negotiations with Montrose County to locate a manufacturing facility there, is looking for another community to locate, if need be, according to a company official. Errol Bader, head ...

River Basin, Denver Water proposal will be discussed

By Staff

A public discussion of a proposed agreement between Denver Water and water users in the Colorado River Basin will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 19 in Grand Junction City Hall. Officials from Denver Water and the Colorado River Conservation ...

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