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122010 Rain girl

Forecasters see more rain, maybe sun, no white Christmas

By Amy Hamilton

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on. The wet weather that has doused the Grand Valley is expected to continue through Thursday. A slight chance of snow is expected Wednesday night, but it probably won’t be enough accumulation for ...

Udall presses for eight measures affecting public lands in Colorado

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Funding for efforts to save four endangered fish in the Colorado River Basin, as well as a measure described as needed to help the struggling lumber mill in Montrose, are stuck in the Senate as the Congress speeds to a close. U.S. Sen. Mark ...

122010 Winter solstice

Glow of promise from winter solstice: Sun will shine again

By Rachel Sauer

One view of it is that this giant ball of elements is going to turn regardless of our presence. It’s going to spin through space — in a steady orbit, at least — and all we can do is hold on tight. Leaning on an axis, ...

County finalizes pact with interim manager

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The Mesa County Commission on Monday finalized an agreement with former Department of Human Services Director Tom Papin to become the interim county administrator. The agreement calls for Papin, who will start Jan. 3, to receive $10,500 a ...

Community corrections receives high marks from state

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Mesa County’s community corrections program continues to earn high marks for its success, ranking second among all alternative sentencing programs in Colorado, according to a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The ...

City offices closed over the holidays

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City offices will be closed Friday, Christmas Eve, and the next Friday, Dec. 31 on New Year’s Eve. Residents who have trash pickup on Fridays are asked to place their trash out early on Christmas Eve. Collectors will start working at 6 ...

Powderhorn hopes to open, with heavy snow forecast

By Melinda Mawdsley

Powderhorn Ski Resort officials have their skis crossed that a weekend of snow and cold temperatures, coupled with a promising forecast, will allow the ski area to open Tuesday. “We are hopeful,” Powderhorn spokeswoman Sarah Allen ...

Executive assistant seeks leniency for testimony against Lochmiller

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The executive assistant to the owner of failed Valley Investments will lead a federal jury through the operations of the company headed by a man who had been convicted once for securities fraud. As a result, Shawnee Carver will have two ...

Felony cases drop in county

By Paul Shockley

With 2010 felony prosecutions in Mesa County on pace to drop to levels not seen in six years, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger suggests the county’s campaign against methamphetamine continues to show results. “It’s the one ...

Report dismisses claim that BLM is hampering drilling rule enforcement

By Dennis Webb

An Interior Department investigation has found little substance to allegations that some Bureau of Land Management supervisors discourage oil and gas inspectors from taking enforcement actions against companies. However, the ...

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