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Runaway truck ‘close call’

By Dennis Webb

A Palisade man who witnessed a runaway truck accident Sunday on Vail Pass says he’s amazed it didn’t kill the driver or result in a bigger disaster. Mike Kennedy said he doesn’t know how the truck kept from hitting other ...


County cancels $115,000 in unpaid property taxes

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Mesa County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to cancel more than $115,000 in unpaid personal property taxes, conceding they’re unable to collect that money because the indebted businesses most likely have closed. State law allows ...


CMU dining hall expands specialty fare

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Colorado Mesa University freshman Katelyn Page ate a hamburger without a bun or a salad but with balsamic dressing for lunch and dinner, possibly followed by ice cream or Jell-O, for the first two months of this semester. Those items were ...


State tax amnesty collection exceeds $800,000

By Charles Ashby

The state’s tax amnesty program has collected more than $800,000 since it began last month, Colorado Department of Revenue officials said. That money comes from more than 1,000 tax returns filed by Colorado businesses and individual ...


Rep. Tipton proposes measure to shift funds from federal lands to education

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Western legislators are looking at new ways to mine money for education from federal lands even as voters in several Colorado counties consider raising property taxes, and voters statewide consider raising sales and income taxes, to fund ...


Appeals court ruling on roadless areas raises questions about status of oil and gas leases

By Dennis Webb

A recent federal appeals court ruling upholding a 2001 rule protecting national forest roadless areas is raising questions about the status of oil and gas leases issued in such areas over the last decade in Colorado and other states. The ...


Man reunited with family

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A 21-year-old man who was reported missing Saturday afternoon was reunited with his family Sunday morning, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said. Stephen Blaise Helkowski, who has special needs, was last seen in the 700 block of M ...


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Montrose museum adding exhibits

By William Woody

MONTROSE — In the 14 years since archaeologist Richard Fike founded the Museum of the Mountain West, it has grown beyond his dreams. Now the museum is continuing its growth with two new exhibits, including a railroad car used in one of ...


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New Palisade fire station moving off back burner

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When it comes to the establishment of a new fire station, Palisade Fire Chief Richard Rupp has seen this movie before. Town leaders place the project in the town’s capital construction plan. Officials draw up the blueprints. Another ...


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Dilemma: I-70 drivers, wildlife seek safe passage

By Dennis Webb

A newly released study could help poke some more holes in what historically has been something of a Berlin Wall for wildlife in Colorado. Researchers working in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Federal Highway ...


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