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Developer with ties to GJ wins new trial

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned the fraud conviction of a Greeley developer with ties to Grand Junction, finding that a Weld County judge should have granted a mistrial request. Mark J. Strodtman, 54, who was sentenced to 31 ...

122411 Lions Christmas

Storage unit filled with stuff of life greets family of 3

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When Grand Junction Lions Club member Steve Stewart asked Jacinda Koehler to meet him at Liberty Self-Storage on Saturday, she guessed she might be greeted by an empty storage unit — a gift in which she could begin storing new belongings ...

Activists protest geothermal lease over sage grouse

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing to auction leases for geothermal development on more than 8,300 acres of federal land in southeastern Gunnison County Feb. 9. amid concerns about the potential impact on the Gunnison sage ...

1 critically hurt, 1 held in drunken-driving crash

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One person was critically injured and another is under arrest in connection with a drunken-driving accident in Clifton late Friday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Nickolas Luis Prieto, 30, 533 Jay Lee St., was booked into the ...


Christmas all in a day’s work for some

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While many families are checking their stockings or rolling out of bed Sunday morning to prepare a Christmas feast, Laura Cartwright will be at work. Cartwright, an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, will give the Christmas ...

122311 Stove For DeBeque

De Beque cookin’ with new gas stove

By Amy Hamilton

They have quilters on Thursdays and bingo on Tuesdays. Lunches for seniors through the Gray Gourmet arrive on Wednesdays. And what would the last Friday of the month be without a breakfast of bacon and eggs or biscuits and gravy that folks ...

Fearing ‘Black Sunday,’ Rifle urges oil shale caution

By Dennis Webb

A city that was hard-hit by the oil shale boom and bust of the early 1980s is urging the federal government to take a conservative approach to commercial development of the resource. The city of Rifle’s position stands in stark contrast ...

Koch land swap gets endorsement from Delta panel

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A proposed land swap in the North Fork Valley won the support of the Delta County Commission, making it the second county to back the deal. All three Delta County commissioners signed a letter of support for the trade, which billionaire ...

Bureau gives green light to Ridgway hydropower project

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Construction of a hydropower project at Ridgway Dam will have no significant impact on the environment and won’t affect recreational users of the reservoir behind the dam, the Bureau of Reclamation has determined. With the finding, made ...


Tipton: Tax holiday deal not ideal, but he won’t oppose it

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Acceptance of a deal to extend the current payroll-tax holiday is “less than the best of both worlds,” a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Thursday. Tipton, however, won’t voice opposition to the agreement, ...

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