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Man sentenced to life without parole in Rangely hatchet murder of father

By Dennis Webb

A 31-year-old Rangely man has been sentenced to life without parole for the 2009 hatchet murder of his father. Jerry D. Snider Jr. also received a 48-year sentence for a related aggravated-robbery conviction. The sentences were the maximum ...

Feds OK lease for West Elk Coal Mine

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A U.S. Forest Service decision pushed ahead plans for expansion of a North Fork-area coal mine, but it leaves a significant concern still to be addressed. The Forest Service consented to the leasing of 1,722 acres for the West Elk Coal Mine ...

Colorado high court hears commission’s defense of proposed legislative boundaries

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado Reapportionment Commission attorneys tried Wednesday to defend the 11-member panel’s decision to split so many counties in new House and Senate district maps it submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court last ...

Montrose board OKs $31,000 for curriculum aid

By Staff

The Montrose County School Board this week approved spending $31,110 for new curriculum maps for middle and high school classrooms. The maps are provided by Focal Point, an educational consulting group. Comments by teachers and administrators ...

Powderhorn bosses to make a mountain out of a ski hill

By Dave Buchanan

Say goodbye to Powderhorn Ski Resort. Say hello to Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The familiar and familial ski area on the north slope of Grand Mesa is changing its brand as it moves toward being a year-round resort. The changes are enabled ...

Veterans to be honored in Montrose

By Staff

MONTROSE—A number of events are scheduled Friday in Montrose in honor of Veterans Day, including a free breakfast for veterans and a flyover during a memorial service slated for 11 a.m. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., a free breakfast for ...

Montrose may put trash service out for bid

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose city officials next week will determine whether privatization of service will best suit the city’s sanitation operations and   residents. It also will determine whether curbside recycling within the city ...

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Liner company planning hiring spree

By Dennis Webb

When the family-owned Energy Services LLC roustabout company started up in 2006, it didn’t take long to expand to 83 employees amid western Colorado’s drilling boom. “And then, of course, the rigs started moving out,” ...

District 51 one of 24 in state compliant with financial transparency law

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School District 51 is one of 24 Colorado school districts listed in a new study as “fully compliant” with a 2010 state law that requires school districts to post financial information online. Golden-based research organization ...

Vets honored across Valley

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Veterans will be recognized Friday in separate observances in Grand Junction and in Fruita. The traditional time of 11 a.m., in recognition of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, will mark the beginning of an observance at the Western ...

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