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Court arguments focus on process behind Roan leasing

By Dennis Webb

DENVER—A federal judge Tuesday drilled down into some core legal questions surrounding the Bureau of Land Management’s 2008 leasing of 55,000 acres on the Roan Plateau for oil and gas development. Judge Marcia Krieger of the U.S. ...


Early fire ban enacted

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In one of their earliest-ever moves aimed at preventing destructive blazes, Mesa County and federal authorities on Tuesday announced a ban on fires on public lands and urged residents to be cautious elsewhere with fire. The ban, which goes ...


Patrol: Brake failure caused tanker crash

By Paul Shockley

Authorities said an investigation showed brakes failed on a tanker truck Monday on Colorado Highway 139, causing the driver to crash and dump 200 gallons of diesel fuel into a stream. William Downing, 44, of Wyoming, was hauling approximately ...


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Candidate: Otto rock hurtful to Jews

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A rock carved in 1915 by the trailblazer of Colorado National Monument is hurtful to homosexuals and Jews because of the dominant symbol etched on it, a swastika, a candidate for the Mesa County Commission said. The “John Otto mystery ...


Services for seniors could receive boost

By Charles Ashby

Colorado seniors soon may see increased funding for several services benefiting the elderly, but state officials don’t know how much. That’s because the funding depends on richer seniors who qualify for the homestead property tax ...


GJ sets ninth record high of spring

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Grand Junction’s sizzling spring continued Tuesday, as the city’s high reached 94 degrees, tying a record for the date. The thermometer at Grand Junction Regional Airport hit 94 at 2 p.m., equaling the high in 1995, according to ...


Colorado restores energy-impact grants

By Charles Ashby

The state’s Mineral Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant Program will be funded for the first time in two years, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday. That means several communities around the state affected by mining and ...


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Parents unhappy with District 51 budget proposals

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As a member of local parent group Save Our Students, Sarah Shrader wanted to keep as many District 51 budget cuts as possible from affecting her children. In April, the group suggested the district charge a fee for busing, cut administration, ...


District 51 board to cut $5.76 million

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District 51 school board members will consider $5.76 million in reductions to the district’s 2012-13 budget tonight. The reductions will cover a state-required increase in district contributions to PERA retirement benefits, reductions ...


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Hickenlooper looking for consistency, fairness in federal, state fracking rules

By Charles Ashby

Through a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions, Gov. John Hickenlooper helped persuade the Bureau of Land Management to consider hydraulic fracturing disclosure rules that are similar to Colorado’s, the governor said Monday. Now the ...


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