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Research: Pine beetlesbreeding twice as fast

By Matthew Berger

Some populations of mountain pine beetle have begun breeding twice a year, a discovery that sheds new light on the causes of the destruction these beetles have wreaked on forests in central Colorado and throughout the West. In the past, ...

Wastewater rules will cost billions, opponents argue

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission gave preliminary approval to controversial nutrient-limiting regulations that local water and wastewater officials say will cost them billions of dollars to comply with. After ...


Junction cops target ‘rear-end’ crashes

By Paul Shockley

Three Grand Junction thoroughfares will get increased enforcement geared toward curbing crashes of drivers following too closely, the Grand Junction Police Department said Thursday. “Rear-end” collisions accounted for 483 of the ...

Investigators recover pound of meth, arrest two

By Paul Shockley

Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers acted on a tip Wednesday and recovered roughly a pound of methamphetamine hidden inside a pickup, according to arrest affidavits. Maria Montoya, 45, 409 Chipeta Ave., and Kelly Smith, 32, 243 Pitkin ...


Twenty-five District 51 students qualify for state speech tournament

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Central High School Speech and Debate Coach Anthony Bichler wants to return from this Friday and Saturday’s State Speech Tournament with a win. “This is my 14th year coaching, and we’ve been the runner-up four times,” ...

Price tag rising for Palisade fire station

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The push to build a new fire station in Palisade is encountering some obstacles after the general contractor on the project informed town officials the cost of the new station exceeds the town’s budget by roughly $300,000. Town ...

State Senate panel approves inspection of ballots

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A long-awaited bill addressing concerns over when and how election ballots should be subject to the state’s open-records law cleared a Senate panel Wednesday, but not without hours of testimony for and against. The ...

Panel clears Bradford bill that would head off problems with mineral lease payments

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Bills sponsored by local lawmakers dealing with federal mineral lease districts, a Montrose associate judgeship and recycling of electronic waste all cleared various committees Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. Rep. Laura ...

Federal agency faults Piñon Ridge licensing

By Dennis Webb

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state of Colorado acted contrary to NRC rules in failing to let the public request a hearing on the licensing of the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill in Montrose County. It says the Colorado ...


County tops state rate of foreclosures

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Mesa County had the highest rate of foreclosure sales in February among the 12 most populated counties in Colorado, according to a report released Wednesday, an indication that any recovery in the local housing market is plodding along rather ...

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