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Mining company behind on taxes

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Bowie Resources Mine, which closed temporarily Friday, has missed both property-tax payments to Delta County, in which it is the largest taxpayer. Officials with the company are searching for additional funding, Delta County Treasurer Jim ...


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Rifle man sentenced in fratricide

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man who shot and killed his brother two years ago apologized to family members in court Wednesday. “But I did what I did out of love,” Heath Johnston said before Judge Gail Nichols approved a 48-year ...


Attack ad rips Salazar—but the wrong one

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If you heard a radio ad attacking Congressman Ken Salazar, you heard right. The advertiser, Americans United for Life, got their target’s name wrong. The ad five times identifies the current Interior secretary and former Colorado ...


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Plea deal rejected in Botanical Gardens vandalism

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley on Wednesday rejected a plea agreement for a man suspected of causing thousands of dollars of damage at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, saying he had doubts the man would comply with probation. Bradley Dodd, ...


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Mesa County lays off workers amid budget crisis

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The Mesa County Health Department will lay off a handful of employees, reduce the number of weekend and evening hours it inspects restaurants and boost fees for some of its services, as one of the most publicly visible county agencies deals ...


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GJ mayor appointed to EPA advisory committee

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction Mayor Teresa Coons has been appointed to an advisory arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Local Government Advisory Committee. Coons also serves on the state’s Air Quality Control Commission, which is ...


Weather causes scattered loss of power

By Melinda Mawdsley

A storm that brought heavy rain and gusty winds to Mesa County on Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to several thousand Xcel Energy customers. Xcel spokesman Fred Eggleston said nearly 2,400 customers lost power in the area between Grand ...


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Grand Junction man announces his 2012 bid for president

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John Davis plans to visit all 3,200 counties in the United States as part of his march to become the 45th president of the United States. Davis is the head of Blue Star Industries in Grand Junction, which sells building materials and ...


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Salazar tells monument crowd he backs park status

By Gary Harmon

Colorado National Monument can’t become a national park soon enough for U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., and other supporters of the upgrade. “You have my full support,” Salazar told more than two dozen people in the ...


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Museum banks on ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’

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If there’s a musical that cries out “Colorado,” it’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” And if there’s something that exists to illustrate the lives and times of Coloradans, it’s the Museum of ...


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