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State delays Oxy decision on record fine

By Dennis Webb

A state panel delayed a decision on whether Oxy USA contaminated groundwater in the Cascade Creek area northwest of Parachute and should pay a record fine. The company is fervently denying allegations by Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation ...


Baby found, took pill lost by father, affidavit says

By Paul Shockley

An infant Clifton girl died after apparently finding her father’s lost Oxycontin pill and swallowing the painkiller, according to an arrest affidavit. Manuel Rivera, 30, was distraught and screaming when Mesa County Sheriff’s ...


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Council winner Doody relies on name recognition

By Amy Hamilton

A former Grand Junction mayor who ran on name recognition handily beat four other contenders to nab Grand Junction’s open at-large seat on City Council. Jim Doody, who celebrated over drinks at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 ...


City voters back ban of medical marijuana dispensaries

By Amy Hamilton

Suzanne Brownson is one Grand Junction resident who got out to vote mainly to weigh in on whether medical marijuana dispensaries should stay or go. Brownson voted to keep the shops open, or against an ordinance that bans them. But she, along ...


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Council considers banning pets from downtown events

By Amy Hamilton

The dog days of summer are no time for local canines to be hanging out at Grand Junction’s downtown farmers market, according to a recent proposal. City Council members will sniff out public sentiment during an upcoming hearing about ...


Deals on schools, taxes help end budget stalemate at state Capitol

By Charles Ashby

After more than a week of intense negotiations, Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature on Tuesday came up with a compromise $18 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year. The compromise, which will be considered by the Senate ...


Clogged canal floods Orchard Mesa neighborhood

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An Orchard Mesa neighborhood was flooded Tuesday evening after a debris-choked irrigation canal overran its banks, sending water cascading through several residents’ homes and yards. The flooding occurred in the area of Rainbow Drive on ...


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Cop who killed self was subject of sexual assault investigation

By Dennis Webb

A Carbondale police officer was under investigation in a sexual assault in Arapahoe County, possibly involving a minor, when he committed suicide last month. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said he was told of the Arapahoe County ...


Congressional delegation views Ryan budget plan

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A plan by House Republicans to rip $6.2 trillion from President Obama’s proposed spending over the next decade won support from a Colorado congressman and a tepid reaction from the state’s senators, both of whom have endorsed a $4 ...


Cops: Bus hit in Utah going slow

By Paul Shockley

A tour bus involved in a traffic accident Monday night in Utah had been moving slowly in the right-hand, westbound lane of Interstate 70 when it was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, according to Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd ...


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