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Meeting to discuss North Fork drilling set for next month

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A public meeting to discuss the possibility of natural gas drilling in the North Fork Valley could be more than an abstract exercise. “There is a distinct possibility” the Bureau of Land Management’s draft environmental ...


Solar industry honors shining star

By Matthew Berger

Lou Villaire knew of Virgil Boggess even before arriving in Grand Junction five years ago. He has worked with him ever since. “Virgil has sort of paved the way for the rest of us in the Colorado solar industry by being in business as ...

Semitrailers jackknife, closing I-70

By Dennis Webb

An accident that involved two jackknifed semitrailers and a fuel spill closed eastbound Interstate 70 west of Rifle for several hours Monday. The accident was one of three that occurred within minutes of each other in that area, and one of ...

Rural lawmakers may get pay raise

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House approved a 22 percent raise in per diem pay for rural lawmakers last week, including the increase in a routine bill that normally gets little attention. The increase is one of several annual spending bills, this one for the ...

Panel rejects local regulation of drilling

By Charles Ashby

A week after a Senate committee killed a bill to bar local governments from approving their own oil and gas regulations, a House panel Monday killed a measure that would have given local governments more authority over the drilling ...

200 respond to survey about schools’ budget

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School District 51 has received nearly 200 responses since it posted a 2012–13 budget survey Wednesday on its website. The survey will be available online through March 30 at D51schools.org. Results will be reported to the District 51 ...

Encana: Piceance wells still profitable

By Dennis Webb

Price-driven plans by Encana Corp. to cut overall natural gas development should not dramatically impact local drilling levels, a spokesman for the Canadian-based company’s U.S. subsidiary said Monday.  Doug Hock, with Encana Oil ...

Senator delivers noteworthy, quoteworthy quips

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Wyoming Republican Alan Simpson served three terms in the U.S. Senate, earning a reputation for speaking directly and colorfully. Here’s a selection of comments he made during several stops in and around Colorado Mesa University on ...


Senator: People want truth

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Americans are growing closer to dealing with the nation’s debt and the host of problems that it portends, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., told nearly 500 people Monday at Colorado Mesa University. “People are thirsting for ...


Simpson tells youthful crowd they’re getting stuck with bill

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Eighty-year-old Alan Simpson looked 20-somethings and their younger college brethren in the eye Monday, and gave them the facts as unvarnished as he could. “You are the stickees,” Simpson said, “and we are the ...

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