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Tipton vulnerable in House race, Democratic poll claims

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is one of several Republicans vulnerable in this year’s elections, a Democratic-paid poll showed Wednesday. The poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, which was paid for by the left-leaning House Majority PAC, ...


Bill would alter way counties vote for boards

By Charles Ashby

Most of Colorado’s counties would be able to hold commissioner elections by district rather than countywide under a bill that won approval in a House committee Wednesday. Current law requires commissioners in less-populated counties to ...


Silt names properties ‘blighted’

By Dennis Webb

SILT — For years, Silt’s board of trustees envisioned a better downtown, one with more sidewalks and trees, fewer vacant storefronts, and more than anything, a grocery store — Silt’s own grocery store. “I hate ...


Both sides of oil shale presented

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Fourteen Grand Valley high school students saw dueling visions of the future of oil shale Tuesday night at Colorado Mesa University. Oil shale, one expert said, is emerging from the “too-hard-to-do file.” There’s a reason ...


Bishop backs lower tuition for immigrants

By Charles Ashby

Tillie Bishop reserves the right to change his mind, and that’s exactly what he has done. The former state lawmaker and current member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents now believes the children of illegal immigrants should ...


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18-year-old will be prosecuted as adult in killing of mom’s dog

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction teenager accused of mutilating a dog and hanging its carcass from a public bridge over the Colorado River will be prosecuted as an adult, the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Joseph Nelson, 18, who ...


Mesa County ends 2011 with 9 percent unemployment

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate finished the last month of 2011 at 9 percent, half of a percentage point above where the rate had been for the previous three months. Colorado’s unemployment rate also increased, from 7.8 percent in ...


Beeson will try to keep job as DA in 9th Judicial District

By Dennis Webb

Republican Martin Beeson said this week he will run for re-election as district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, which covers Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties. The Rifle resident will seek his second full term. He first took ...


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Planned gravel pit creates dustup

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After successfully fighting off a race track and a prison near her home in Alaska, Barbara Shine three years ago bought and moved into her retirement home in Clifton, enticed by grand views of the Bookcliffs and the serenity of the nearby ...


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More victims identified in shooting spree

By Paul Shockley

An 18-year-old man charged in connection with a multiday shooting spree allegedly confessed to targeting new, previously unknown, potential victims at a home in Pear Park, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s ...


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