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Energy firm allegedly violates safety reporting

By Dennis Webb

State oil and gas regulators are alleging Noble Energy violated requirements for reporting hydrogen sulfide gas encountered at oil and gas sites in Garfield County. At the same time, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff is ...

New name for Palisades National Bank

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The marquee outside the only bank in Palisade changed last week to reflect its new name: Colorado National Bank. As far as Steve Ammentorp is concerned, that’s the only change customers of the 105-year-old financial institution formerly ...


Thousands attend furniture store grand opening

By Charles Ashby

Some came to win prizes. Others came to find good deals. Still others came to American Furniture Warehouse’s grand opening Saturday just to look around. There easily were thousands of people throughout the day who walked through the big ...

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National Guard christens new $12 million training center

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When work began a year ago on a $12 million readiness center for the Colorado National Guard in Grand Junction, the unit it houses had five Western Slope members. On Saturday, when the $12 million building officially opened, Charlie Company ...

Fracking operation prompts more concern about air pollution in Battlement Mesa

By Dennis Webb

Another hydraulic fracturing operation related to natural gas development is triggering concerns about air pollution in Battlement Mesa. Photos taken by resident Garry Evenson show what he says were smelly emissions rising from an Encana Oil ...

GJ fire chief a finalist for Fort Collins job

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins has been recruited and is one of three finalists for the top position at the Poudre Fire Authority. Watkins said he is not actively looking for jobs outside the Grand Junction Fire Department, but the ...

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Crystal fear: Drop in meth prices concerns law enforcement

By Paul Shockley

It’s a question answered hesitantly in Mesa County drug cop circles. Why is it cheaper? Methamphetamine — public enemy No. 1 for Grand Valley law enforcement and the focus of aggressive enforcement and attention by government ...

Free tests can detect disabilities

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The number of children being screened for speech and motor-skill disabilities is on the rise in the Montrose County School District, and Child Find coordinator Amber Gallegos said the increase is credited to better program ...

Donation buys phone cards for war medics to call home

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently donated money to purchase phone cards for members of the Montrose-based 928th Area Support Medical Company of the Colorado National Guard to stay in touch with loved ones during ...

School cuts energy use by 24%, saving $44,000

By Dennis Webb

Coal Ridge High School finished in the top 10 percent in an Environmental Protection Agency contest to encourage reduced use of energy in buildings. The school, located east of Silt, cut its energy use by nearly 24 percent in a year’s ...

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