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Mesa County not party to impact study of shale leases

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Mesa County won’t have cooperating-agency status in the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental study of oil shale leasing, but the county nevertheless will comment on the study, officials said Wednesday. Mesa County ...

Oil shale part of spending measure

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated an attempt by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., to remove a bill mandating federal oil shale leasing from a transportation funding package. Polis’ amendment targeted the PIONEERS Act, ...

Tamarisk successes, failures analyzed

By Matthew Berger

Researchers and land managers from throughout the West gathered at the Two Rivers Convention Center downtown Wednesday to discuss the lessons learned and paths forward in efforts to eradicate invasive tamarisk trees from the banks of the ...

Colorado voter rolls being updated

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Some 800,000 Colorado residents soon will receive letters from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office inviting them to register to vote. The letters will be sent as an outgrowth of an effort in which Colorado and seven other states ...

University of Western Colorado the most popular pick for new Western State name

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More than half of respondents to a recent online survey picked University of Western Colorado as their favorite replacement for the Western State College of Colorado name. The Gunnison college is considering a name change as early as this ...

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Valentine’s Day marks beginning for young couple

By Rachel Sauer

That it was Valentine’s Day is merely coincidence. It’s the day they met five years ago at Taco Bell on North Avenue. She was three days back to work after breaking her foot several months earlier. He started work that day. ...

Feds deliver setback to mine expansion

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service reversed a previous decision that would help allow the West Elk coal mine near Somerset to expand into a roadless area. While conservationists are praising the action by the agency’s Rocky Mountain Region office, ...

Bill would give businesses input in proposals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — One day after a similar bill died in the Senate, a House committee Tuesday approved a measure that would give businesses a greater voice in the fiscal impact of business-related bills that go before the Colorado ...

Issue of wilderness access could threaten Bear Ranch land swap legislation

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A proposed land swap that would consolidate billionaire William Koch’s Bear Ranch is being recrafted. “We’ve heard from the community, and we’re going back and making changes,” said Brad Goldstein, director of ...


St. Joseph Catholic Church ponders history, future

By Amy Hamilton

Plans to create a campus with a new parish hall, classrooms, an administration building and a 24-hour adoration chapel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Grand Junction are being formed, according to church officials. But uncertainty ...

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