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Industry urging feds to expedite drilling in North Fork Valley

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The continuing study of a new resource management plan shouldn’t stand in the way of leasing 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley, an industry organization said. The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association wrote to Interior ...


Group battles water rights for Utah nuke plant

By Matthew Berger

A proposal for Utah’s first nuclear power plant will face a legal challenge from environmental groups questioning the state review process that resulted in the proposed plant’s water rights. The facility would be located about ...


Holy Family students raise $10K for St. Jude’s children’s hospital

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For Holy Family Catholic School students, solving math problems added up to more than $10,000 in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the Grand Junction private school ...


Bill would alter landscape of Colorado’s drug policy

By Charles Ashby

Despite objections from district attorneys and law enforcement officials, a Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to lower sentences for drug-possession crimes and give drug abusers treatment instead. The idea behind SB163 is to prevent ...


Coal-lease decision on Elk Creek Mine upheld on appeal

By Dennis Webb

A U.S. Department of Interior board Wednesday upheld a Bureau of Land Management decision to lease 786 acres of federal coal for development in the Elk Creek Mine near Somerset. The BLM decided in June to hold a lease sale in response to an ...


Man takes plea deal in illegal lion hunts

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement reached Tuesday in Denver federal court says a local hunting guide agreed to testify against others who may be implicated in an alleged conspiracy to illegally hunt mountain lions in western Colorado and Utah for paying ...


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Fruita growth leads to school changes

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Redrawing elementary school boundary lines in the west end of the Grand Valley may help ease crowding as that area grows. But the change is unlikely to solve the issue long-term, according to principals in the area. District 51 School Board ...


Schools schedule stays as is

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Fresh news that the state legislature will likely hold off on budget cuts to District 51 this year persuaded the district’s school board members to stick with a five-day school week and keep Scenic Elementary School open this ...


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DNA test confirms remains are Birgfeld’s

By Paul Shockley

A DNA test result confirmed what authorities suspected three weeks ago with dental records: It’s Paige Birgfeld. Mesa County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Matt Lewis said investigators learned last week a lone tooth, recovered from ...


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U.S. 6&50 project shifts east

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The tens of thousands of Grand Valley motorists who braved construction on U.S. Highway 6&50 near Mesa Mall for the better part of a year during 2010 and 2011 should prepare for another season of cone zones, delays and slower driving ...


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