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Audit revealed $2,600 owed, grill owner says

By Amy Hamilton

An audit of Pinon Grill revealed the restaurant owed the city $2,600 over six years, according to the restaurant’s owner, Steve Hoefer. The prospect that the restaurant at the Tiara Rado Golf Course would face an audit was brought up ...


Lochmiller seeks more prep time before trial

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The owner of failed Valley Investments in Grand Junction pleaded not guilty to 33 charges Tuesday in a case that is set for trial later this month in Denver. Philip Rand Lochmiller, however, is asking that his trial in federal court be ...


Oops, taxes weren’t late, state says

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A clerical error led to several Grand Junction businesses mistakenly being told they had paid their state sales tax late and would be fined. Three downtown businesses — Brown Cycles, 549 Main St.; Kairos, 129 S. Sixth St.; and ...


Suit filed to block Pinon Ridge uranium mill project

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An environmental organization based in Telluride is asking a state court in Denver to halt a proposed uranium mill in Montrose County. The Sheep Mountain Alliance said state regulators failed to act quickly enough on a permit. The company ...


Hatchet-slaying deliberations in sixth day

By Dennis Webb

A Rio Blanco County jury heads into a sixth day of deliberations in Meeker today as it tries to reach a verdict and avoid a mistrial in the monthlong murder trial of Jerry Snider Jr. A holdout juror reportedly has kept the 12-person panel ...


Immigration bill likely to die

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee is expected to kill a measure today that would turn Colorado’s main illegal immigration statute into one closely resembling a controversial Arizona law. The measure, introduced by Rep. Randy Baumgardner, ...


Hockey rink’s air system fails, sickening 54

By Patrick Bahr

The Grand Valley Mavs pee-wee hockey team was actually lucky it had to play on an outdoor hockey rink last weekend in Gunnison. The Gunnison Valley Hockey Association had a tournament scheduled for the indoor ice arena, so the 12-under team ...


Severance tax revenue needed to help budget, Democrats say

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Though they said they wanted to support Sen. Ellen Roberts’ bill to bar the use of severance taxes to pay for things other than local projects, Democrats on a Senate committee Monday said they just couldn’t. The bad ...


Mesa County Dems have new leaders

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Mesa County Democrats will be led by co-chairmen as the party looks to field candidates for the Mesa County Commission. Karl Castleton and Arn McConnell were elected to head the party after a Saturday meeting of the central ...


Battlement incorporation would be ‘expensive proposition,’ study says

By Dennis Webb

Running Battlement Mesa as a municipality would cost up to $2 million a year, an amount that wouldn’t fully be made up even with substantial new taxes on residents, a study has found. “It would be an expensive proposition,” ...


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