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Historic drought forming in West

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What looks like the incipient drought of 2012 already is drawing comparisons to 2002, when the Colorado River ran low and fire engulfed much of Colorado. And some watchers say 2002 could be the best-case scenario, that 2012 already is ...

Ranchers fret over possibility of early reservoir drawdown

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Having plenty of water in storage is a comfort for ranchers, but that comfort goes only so far, Molina rancher Carlyle Currier said. The most immediate effect of drought is on the unirrigated lands that supply early-season forage that ...

Water restrictions unlikely—for now

By Matthew Berger

Careful observation is the modus operandi at the moment. “We’re watching everything,” said Greg Trainor, utilities director for Grand Junction, about the city’s preparations for a relatively dry summer. “I ...


Juror: Fourth Amendment played minor role in Lawyer case

By Paul Shockley

Two jurors who sat in judgment of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer said Fourth Amendment principles had either too much emphasis by the prosecution, or little bearing on the main issues at play in the ...

Legislators eye space for offices in Denver

By Charles Ashby

Legislative leaders are hoping to take over part of a state-owned building in downtown Denver for their own use. The move, if approved by the rest of the Legislature, could allow lawmakers in the crowded Capitol building to move their staff ...

Law alters avenues for adult prosecution of juveniles

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday that would require prosecutors to hold hearings in front of judges before determining if juveniles who commit minor crimes can be charged as adults. The so-called direct-file measure, which many of ...

Former GarCo worker suspected of embezzling vehicle registration fees

By Dennis Webb

Glenwood Springs police expect charges to be brought after a former Garfield County Clerk and Recorder employee allegedly embezzled money. Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said an employee who worked on motor vehicle registrations stole cash ...

Man guilty in botched robbery, slaying

By Paul Shockley

A man who fatally shot an accomplice during a botched attempt to steal drugs faces a maximum of 64 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement struck Friday. Joshua Ringold, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to ...

C-SPAN bus coming to local schools

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Fruita Monument High School senior Vinny Castellini will receive $750 of prize money Monday for placing third in C-SPAN’s StudentCam 2012 video contest. Castellini’s short documentary, “In God We Trust? Religion’s Role ...

Local unemployment at 9.5 percent in March

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate increased from 9.3 percent in February to 9.5 percent in March, according to data released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The tiny inflation in the local rate is due to a ...

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