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Bill to punish stoned driving advances

By Charles Ashby

Being too stoned to drive would join the state’s laws against being too drunk to drive under a bill that won preliminary approval Tuesday in the Colorado House. Lawmakers said they thought it was high time to have such a law now that ...

Mesa State name change would cost

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Changing the name of Mesa State College would cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Mesa State President Tim Foster told listeners during a telephone-town-hall conference Tuesday evening. The call rang out to more than 20,000 ...

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County approves Amy’s Courtyard for weddings, other events

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A Palisade-area property owner who had been illegally hosting weddings and other events for years can now legally operate his business after Mesa County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to issue him a conditional-use permit. The board ...

Concealed gun proposal dies in party vote

By Charles Ashby

Gun owners who were hoping to conceal their handguns without having to get a concealed-weapons permit will have to continue to wear them in the open. A bill that would have allowed all legal gun carriers to conceal their weapons was shot down ...

Computers at state office of revenue crash again

By Staff

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s computer system for issuing vehicle license plates and titles is down, again. The aging system went down last month because of a faulty server, but department workers replaced it with a used one to ...

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Ariz. escapee pleads guilty, faces 60 years for shooting

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An escaped Arizona prison convict would face 60 years in prison in Colorado under a plea agreement. Daniel Renwick, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two, first-degree-attempted-murder charges stemming from an Aug. 1 ...

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Western Slope in little danger of huge quake, seismologist says

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The Western Slope runs no risk of being struck by the magnitude of earthquake that devastated Japan earlier this month, but it does receive its fair share of minor seismic activity every year and would be shook by a large temblor along a fault ...

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Interstate 70, river pinch bike trail route

By Amy Hamilton

Trying to have a conversation on a thin section of right of way off Interstate 70 by the Colorado River is nearly impossible with semitrailers and sedans whizzing by at 75 mph. It’s here, about a quarter-mile east of the 20 Road ...

Costly penalties proposed for cities that don’t crack down on illegals with felonies

By Charles Ashby

Communities that refuse to use a federal program to nab illegal immigrants convicted of felonies would lose money due them by the state under a bill approved Monday on a voice vote in the Colorado House. The measure is designed to force ...

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Gusts reach 62 mph in Grand Junction, stir up dust, allergies

By Staff

The wind that stirred symptoms for allergy sufferers Monday is leaving today on the tail of a cold front. Wind speeds aren’t likely to get above 25 mph today, but the National Weather Service recorded winds whipping through the Grand ...

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