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Towing firms may avoid costly bonds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Towing companies won’t have to purchase expensive bonds to stay in business, but they will have to pay an annual $150 fee under a compromise approved in a Senate committee Thursday. The compromise for House Bill 1327 is ...

Nursing students plan Nicaraguan trip

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Colorado Mesa University nursing students will sponsor a Zumba-thon fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the university’s Maverick Pavilion. The event will feature a handful of instructors teaching Zumba, a Latin dance ...

Accord strikes balance for dam management

By Staff

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has approved plans to operate the Aspinall Unit on the Gunnison River for the benefit of endangered fish species, as well as its other purposes. In a record of decision signed Thursday, the bureau outlined the ...

New station to broadcast radio news in the valley

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Grand Valley residents who enjoy receiving their news via the radio now have another option on the dial. KNOZ-97.7 FM began broadcasting earlier this year from its 50,000-watt station at 203 Grand Ave., providing some competition for news and ...

Natural resources field hearing slated

By Staff

Two subcommittees of the House Natural Resources Committee will conduct a joint field hearing this month in Montrose to study infestation of pine beetles and water-supply and electrical-transmission difficulties. The hearing on May 14, sought ...


10 years later: Encana USA, then and now

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE ­— Encana USA employee Ben Hegwer held up two glasses Thursday to show the difference between cloudy, dirty water coming into a centralized treatment plant and clear, treated water to be reused in natural gas production. The ...

Care of evidence played role in Dewey exoneration

By Paul Shockley

Jason Kreag’s work usually is over before it starts. Kreag, an attorney with New York-based litigation and policy group Innocence Project, which helped free 51-year-old Robert Dewey from prison, said half of the roughly 300 cases his ...


GJ woman, 73, guilty of fleeing cops

By Paul Shockley

A 73-year-old woman must serve two years probation for trying to elude police in a sport utility vehicle during an alleged botched burglary at a Grand Junction business in January. Barbara Mae West, of Grand Junction, also was sentenced ...


GJ council elects Pitts to be mayor

By Amy Hamilton

It’s not just Bill Pitts anymore, it’s mayor Bill Pitts. At least for the next year. Grand Junction City Council members nominated and appointed Pitts as the mayor and council member Laura Luke as mayor pro tem. Pitts, who ...

Craig Meis

No more fracking rules, Meis tells panel

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The federal government should not supplant the states in regulating hydraulic fracturing, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis told a congressional field hearing Wednesday. A “one-size-fits-all approach of the federal government is a ...

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