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House OKs Tipton bill expanding hydropower

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A measure that would authorize development of small hydropower generators on existing canals and pipelines is set to go to the U.S.  Senate after winning approval in the House on Wednesday. The vote of 265 to 154, with votes from 28 ...


‘Long journey’ ends with discovery of Paige Birgfeld’s body

By Paul Shockley

LATEST STORIES: Father tries to cope after remains located Birgfeld’s ‘cheffer’ friends share pain of loss Connie Flukey remembered the campfire pit at the top of the hill. Her husband, Kent, said he personally trekked at ...


Obama supporter sets caucus tone

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Downtown Grand Junction Democrats were fired up for President Obama and some local races Tuesday night as they kicked off the 2012 campaign with precinct caucuses. Nearly 20 Democrats in precincts 39 and 45 gathered at East Middle School with ...

D51 moves to cut drug expulsions with counseling

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School District 51 will attempt to deflate a recent increase in drug-related expulsions by introducing a drug-counseling pilot program later this month. Students are suspended for five days the first time they are caught using or carrying ...

Prosecutors: Send Lochmiller to prison

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Philip Rand Lochmiller should be taken immediately to prison after his sentencing on Friday, prosecutors said in papers filed with federal court. “It is an affront to the over 400 victims in this case” that Lochmiller is seeking ...


Report cites flaws in attack on White Hall fire

By Amy Hamilton

Inadequate training regimes on large structures, a lack of resources and not enough direction from leadership among head Grand Junction firefighters made a risky situation even more dangerous for firefighters battling the blaze at White Hall ...

Flu season either mild or late to arrive this year

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The next few weeks will determine whether Mesa County is experiencing a mild 2011–12 flu season or is just headed for a peak later than usual. The Mesa County Health Department has seen an uptick since mid-February of patients reporting ...

Skeletal remains found north of Delta

By Paul Shockley

A couple hiking in north Delta County on Tuesday came across what were believed to be human skeletal remains, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said. The remains were reported about 1 p.m. on a hillside in Wells Gulch, which is about 17 miles ...


Fallen conquistadors: Remnants suggest Spaniards died at fort

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For more than 300 years a few chunks of steel lay beneath the dust and sage roots a foot or so above. Over the years they eluded soldiers, scavengers, treasure-hunters and other passersby who might be attracted to a glint in the sand. In ...

Vote today on measure to speed approval for hydropower projects

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A vote is scheduled today on a measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., to ease the process of approval for small hydroelectric power generation units using existing water conduits. Using existing conduits that already have undergone ...

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