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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 ...

Glenwood festival arrestee gets prison time

By Dennis Webb

A man arrested in June as part of a controversial law enforcement action during Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Days festival has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. David Adrian Ramirez-Centeno will be deported after ...

BLM puts off North Fork oil, gas leasing

By Dennis Webb

Months of community activism in the North Fork Valley achieved at least a short-term victory Wednesday when the Bureau of Land Management said it is putting off plans to offer 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley for oil and gas leasing. The ...

Methane-capture bill hung up in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Western Slope lawmakers are struggling to get the Colorado Senate to act on a bill designed to bring jobs to the coal-mine industry and clean the atmosphere at the same time. For unknown reasons, Senate leadership has ...


Troubled teens get their own shelter

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Fundraising efforts to build a shelter for homeless teens had been thwarted many times in the past few years, but dedicated board members relied on faith and hope to leap the obstacles in their way. “This place is really a ...

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