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Congressional effort renewed for open records on fracking

By Dennis Webb

A revived attempt to increase disclosure and regulation pertaining to hydraulic fracturing is intended to bring about responsible natural gas development, its backers say. Sponsors of newly reintroduced U.S. House and Senate bills say natural ...


Monument closes area to keep hikers from nest of golden eagle

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Lower Monument Canyon Trail remains open in Colorado National Monument, but off-trail exploring and climbing near a golden eagle’s nest is off-limits for at least the next few weeks and possibly several months. The nest, discovered ...


Japanese disaster victims need cash, not supplies, Red Cross says

By Rachel Sauer

The first photos from Japan were unbelievable — the bucking ground, the inexorable water, the billowing smoke. The ones that followed were, unfortunately, believable and awful, the scope of the tragedy etched in the faces of those who ...


Montrose couple ‘good people,’ neighbors say

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Kama Sanburg and Scott Clarke were described as “good people” and avid outdoors types who were intensely involved in 4-H Club and other community activities. “I knew her as a wonderful mother,” Joey ...


Thieves steal signs calling for marijuana shop ban

By Paul Shockley

With ballots for next month’s municipal election showing up in mailboxes, signs urging support for a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries are reportedly disappearing in Grand Junction. Linda Gregory, 71, went to the Grand Junction ...


Mesa State employee bill stopped in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed certain Mesa State College workers to opt out of the state’s personnel system. The measure, offered by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, and Sen. Steve ...


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Homicide suspect found dead

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose Police Department said it found a homicide suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in an apartment complex Wednesday night. Sunshine Peak Apartments manager Lodi Brriley said police confirmed ...


Voters to decide city renewal of Xcel franchise

By Amy Hamilton

One question on the spring ballot that Grand Junction voters might find puzzling asks whether residents should allow the city to renew its energy franchise agreements. According to city charter, voters must decide whether to approve franchise ...


Feds: 2011 BLM drilling permits are on track to increase by 2,200

By Dennis Webb

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the Bureau of Land Management expects to process 7,200 oil and gas drilling permits this year, up from about 5,000 the previous year. Salazar touted the increase during a media teleconference in which BLM ...


2 arrested in theft of firearms

By Paul Shockley

Two employees of a rental-car business face charges in the botched handling of two firearms mistakenly left behind in a car by a customer, according to arrest affidavits. Matthew W. Gragert, 21, of Grand Junction, was arrested Saturday on ...


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