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Tipton: Tax bill loaded with lard

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The measure to extend the existing federal tax scheme has been “Christmas-treed up” with unnecessary ornaments, U.S. Rep.-elect Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, said Tuesday. A measure aimed at extending for two years what have become ...

Custodians canned after discussion ... ‘Scrooge,’ and all that

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After agreeing unanimously on a series of contracts and agreements worth about $5 million, the Mesa County Commission split sharply on Monday over how to award an $80,000 janitorial contract. Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland noted that ...

Silverton upset that Qwest hasn’t brought it fiber-optic technology

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Qwest Communications is five years late in getting fiber-optic cable to Silverton and the town wants the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to step in on its behalf. Silverton, which sits at 9,300 feet in the San Juan Mountains, is hosting ...

City Council revokes permit for gravel pit

By Amy Hamilton

Is the road safe for pedestrians with truck traffic? What about bus stops for children? And, what about water? Residents of an Orchard Mesa neighborhood have been asking those questions for the past 18 months about a proposal for a gravel ...

I-70 crash blamed on coughing fit

By Paul Shockley

A Utah trucker told police and paramedics he nearly lost consciousness during a violent fit of coughing early Monday on Interstate 70 near the state line, causing a crash that closed westbound traffic nearly four hours, according to the ...

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Man sought in Moab slaying outside Denny’s

By Paul Shockley

An arrest warrant was issued Monday in the fatal stabbing of a man outside a Moab, Utah, restaurant early Sunday, Moab Police Chief Mike Navarre said. Andrew Todd Curtis, 34, of Moab, is wanted on suspicion of murder, aggravated assault and ...

Workers’ pay 38 percent of city spending

By Amy Hamilton

Annual salaries of full-time city of Grand Junction workers in the new year could range from $31,000 for a custodian to a little more than $153,000 for the city manager. Salaries for all department directors and most managers come near or top ...

8th publisher exits Free Press

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The eighth in a rapid succession of publishers for the Grand Junction Free Press has left the weekly paper after four months. Kim Burner was selected publisher and general manager in August, according to the Free Press. The paper is owned by ...

County OKs slimmer, $130 million budget

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Mesa County will start 2011 with a $130 million budget, down 8.4 percent and nearly 44 jobs smaller than the one with which it began 2010. The Mesa County Commission unanimously approved the 2011 spending plan on Monday after noting it is the ...

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Wolverine threatened but won’t be protected, agency says

By Dennis Webb

Climate change could undo a hundred years of recovery by the wolverine in the Lower 48 states, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review concluding the animal warrants but is precluded from receiving protection under the Endangered ...

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