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State health exchange proposed

By Charles Ashby

Though it’s part of the controversial health insurance reform measure approved by Congress last year that Republicans vowed to kill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a measure into the Colorado Legislature on Monday to create a ...


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Competency hearing ordered for suspect in murder attempt

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A man who was arrested at age 68 and remained in Mesa County Jail through his 70th birthday now faces an additional, undetermined time before he can be tried. William Rydell, 70, however, will get a small change in scenery. He is to undergo a ...


Lack of support torpedoes income tax measure

By Charles Ashby

The Denver-based group that wanted to change the way income taxes are paid in Colorado to generate another $1 billion in tax revenue withdrew a proposed ballot measure Monday to do that. The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute had hoped to put a ...


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Alumni ponder Mesa State’s possible name change

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Diplomas across the nation may soon bear the name of a bygone institution: Mesa State College. For some, the name already describes an extinct campus where the thought of 8,000 students seemed like crazy talk and completing a four-year degree ...


State downplays computer errors, continued cries of CPAs, businesses

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s new computer system has been effective since parts of it have been rolled out over the past several years. But effective at what depends on who is doing the talking. To department officials, the new ...


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Building’s design promotes flexibility, saves county money

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When Mesa County bought the former City Market warehouse in downtown Grand Junction last summer, it did so both for reasons of convenience and financial savings. Officials could consolidate several departments and offices in one location and ...


Western Slope group gives more than $1M to students

By Staff

The Western Colorado Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants and scholarships last year to students from the seven Western Slope counties it serves. It was the first time the foundation’s grants exceeded that ...


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After recent setbacks, Salvation Army maneuvers to advance its mission

By Amy Hamilton

Its former lives included a Rite-Aid, a swap meet and a paint-ball course, but the large empty space at Peach Tree Shopping Center in Clifton won’t be vacant for much longer. The Salvation Army secured the 20,000-square-foot combined ...


Japanese exchange students travel to GJ despite disaster

By Charles Ashby

An earthquake and devastating tsunami was almost enough to get them to cancel their trip to Grand Junction, but concerns over a possible fallout from a nuclear power plant back home in Japan was enough to get them to leave. Even if their ...


Affidavit: Man admitted driving in fatal accident

By Paul Shockley

In the hours after a January fatal traffic accident, a Grand Junction man smelled of alcohol and admitted he was behind the wheel of the vehicle involved, according to court records. Jason Wayne Shriver, 36, told authorities he was driving a ...


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