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December tax receipts better in 2011 than 2010

By Amy Hamilton

December’s holiday shopping season in Grand Junction was more robust than 2010, according to the results of the city’s sales tax collections for that month. Sales tax revenues were $4.3 million for December 2011, 3.6 percent ...

Student quits choir over Muslim-themed song

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A Grand Junction High School student quit the school’s men’s choir recently in response to the choir director selecting a song with Muslim themes. The song, “Zikr,” which is Urdu for “remembrance” or ...

Polis, Lamborn spar over oil shale

By Dennis Webb

The U.S House of Representatives today defeated an attempt by U.S. 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, which ...


Golden day for foundation

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A 15-year-old foundation that was established to aid western Coloradans struck a mother lode, both in terms of donations and in identifying people who regularly give money and time. The Western Colorado Community Foundation on Wednesday ...


New trial denied for man serving life for murder of Gypsum teenager

By Paul Shockley

A 34-year-old man serving life in prison for the 1998 slaying of a Gypsum teenager will stay behind bars, according to a recent ruling. District Judge Valerie Robison, in a ruling issued Feb. 6, denied a motion for a new trial filed by ...

No clear view of monument status, survey shows

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The committee studying whether to pursue park status for Colorado National Monument will meet four times with the public in April in open houses designed to share information and collect comments. The committee at some point is expected to ...

Lawmakers prepare ballot inspection bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that may answer the question of when and how election ballots should be open for public inspection is to be introduced into the Legislature next week. Two Democrats and two Republicans will introduce the measure, which ...

Energy firms settle collusion case

By Dennis Webb

Two oil and gas companies agreed to a settlement in which they will pay $275,000 each for collusion in bidding on federal oil and gas leases in western Colorado, the federal government says. The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced a ...

State asks court to dismiss lawsuit against TABOR

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—Two days after the Colorado Attorney General’s Office helped see the father of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights sentenced in state court for tax fraud, it was in federal court Wednesday defending that constitutional ...

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 ...

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