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Guilty verdict in 2nd trial in hatchet death

By Dennis Webb

A second trial resulted in the conviction Tuesday of a man who killed his father in Rangely with a hatchet in 2009. A nine-woman, three-man jury in Glenwood Springs convicted Jerry D. Snider Jr., 31, of murder and aggravated robbery, the 9th ...

Judge refuses to reduce $1 million bond for Rifle police-shooting suspect

By Dennis Webb

A judge Tuesday rejected a request to reduce the $1 million bond in the case of Phillip Amonette, who is accused of shooting a Rifle police officer in his protective vest. Visiting Judge Paul McLimans’ decision came after Deputy 9th ...

Foreclosures continue decline in Mesa County

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The number of foreclosed homes sold at auction in Mesa County in May plunged for the third straight month. The decline likely will continue if a drop in foreclosure filings is any indication, and it may signify the real estate market is ...

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Backcountry access route damaged

By Dave Buchanan

Bureau of Land Management officials are cautioning hikers about a collapsed trail leading into the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. High water from the Gunnison River is suspected of causing the collapse, but the exact cause ...

Felony theft case delayed until July

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A court hearing for Montrose School District employee Latricia Proctor, who is accused of theft, was continued Monday until next month, when she is scheduled to enter a plea. She faces two felony counts of theft for dollar ...

Legislative redistricting commission hears Mesa, GarCo concerns

By Charles Ashby

If at all possible, keep Battlement Mesa in the same district as Garfield County, make Mesa County its own senate district and keep Mesa County split into two House districts, commissioners reviewing new legislative district lines were told ...

Forest officials look to hearings as guide to roadless rule management

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State and federal officials eager for some certainty in managing roadless areas of the national forests in Colorado have an opportunity to reach the goal, the head of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests said. Comment on ...

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River retreats after damage in Garfield

By Dennis Webb

A cabin has become the latest casualty of high waters in Garfield County, even as the Colorado River has subsided somewhat after seriously damaging a popular bike path there. Wyatt Keesbery, a district foreman with the county’s Road and ...

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Protesters say 20 years in prison too lenient for death of little girl

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Family members delivered emotional testimony Monday afternoon during the sentencing of Daniel Ryan, convicted of killing 16-month-old Hailey Rocha in September. Ryan, 24, of Montrose, was sentenced to 20 years after pleading ...

Groups in new suit assail BLM over study of drilling, air quality

By Dennis Webb

A new lawsuit accuses the Bureau of Land Management of approving at least 34 oil and gas projects covering more than 1,400 wells in Garfield and Mesa counties while failing to analyze the resulting air pollution. Environmental law firm ...

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