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U.S. system inefficient, mining counsel says

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The U.S. mining industry is finding itself hampered by some of the same policies its brethren in the drilling business long have complained about. “The amount of time it takes to permit a facility has been a real deterrent to ...

Council, in U-turn, sends letter supporting American Airlines

By Amy Hamilton

After receiving several rounds of criticism via email, the Grand Junction City Council by Tuesday afternoon retracted its initial statement that it would not be inclined to send a letter in support of ailing American Airlines. Grand Junction ...

Waterline breaks again in north GJ

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A large Ute Water Conservancy District service line that broke last month in northern Grand Junction ruptured a second time early Tuesday, once again leaving hundreds of homes without water and canceling classes at Holy Family Catholic ...

Debate heats up over asphalt plant near Rifle

By Dennis Webb

The Garfield County Commission on Tuesday further delayed a decision about an asphalt plant proposal southeast of Rifle amid growing debate over its potential impact on an adjacent organic farm. “It simply doesn’t make sense to ...

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Crime spree suspect to get second mental exam

By Paul Shockley

A man accused of a crime spree that ended with a standoff with police in Clifton last July will undergo a mental health evaluation by state doctors for the second time in six months. Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley on Tuesday ...

Meeting to discuss North Fork drilling set for next month

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A public meeting to discuss the possibility of natural gas drilling in the North Fork Valley could be more than an abstract exercise. “There is a distinct possibility” the Bureau of Land Management’s draft environmental ...


Solar industry honors shining star

By Matthew Berger

Lou Villaire knew of Virgil Boggess even before arriving in Grand Junction five years ago. He has worked with him ever since. “Virgil has sort of paved the way for the rest of us in the Colorado solar industry by being in business as ...

Semitrailers jackknife, closing I-70

By Dennis Webb

An accident that involved two jackknifed semitrailers and a fuel spill closed eastbound Interstate 70 west of Rifle for several hours Monday. The accident was one of three that occurred within minutes of each other in that area, and one of ...

Rural lawmakers may get pay raise

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House approved a 22 percent raise in per diem pay for rural lawmakers last week, including the increase in a routine bill that normally gets little attention. The increase is one of several annual spending bills, this one for the ...

Panel rejects local regulation of drilling

By Charles Ashby

A week after a Senate committee killed a bill to bar local governments from approving their own oil and gas regulations, a House panel Monday killed a measure that would have given local governments more authority over the drilling ...

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