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County gives pipeline thumbs down

By Charles Ashby

Following in the footsteps of the Grand Junction City Council, the Mesa County Commission voted Monday to oppose a proposed 560-mile water pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge to Colorado’s Front Range. The commissioners said the ...

Houston firm buys Junction company that specializes in hydraulic fracturing

By Charles Ashby

The sale of Grand Junction-based Western Pump & Dredge Co. to a Texas company last week will mean the local employer will be able to grow even more, company officials said Monday. The firm was sold to Houston-based Rockwater Energy ...

Glenwood Democrat in redrawn district won’t seek re-election

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Roger Wilson became the latest casualty over redrawn maps for legislative districts approved by the Colorado Supreme Court last week. Because the Glenwood Springs Democrat was drawn into a heavily Republican district, Wilson announced ...

Protests keep areas’ zoning in place

By Amy Hamilton

Opposition by some Grand Junction businesses and landowners to proposed changes in land-use zones will keep zoning as is for three areas that were under consideration for changes. Grand Junction City Council members unofficially agreed ...


Sinkhole grows on nerves of Rifle-area homeowner

By Dennis Webb

When Janet Ketelsleger moved from Idaho to a home near Rifle in 2003, she never had heard of terms such as alluvial soils. This year, she’s been getting a crash course in geology, thanks to a sinkhole that began opening in May and has ...

Teachers have say in potential budget cuts

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About 100 District 51 teachers gathered last week to discuss their priorities for an anticipated fourth round of district budget cuts next year. Jim Smyth, president of the Mesa Valley Education Association, said the teacher representation ...

Deputy city manager steps up for interim

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s deputy city manager, Rich Englehart, will fill the role of interim city manager, Grand Junction City Council members said Monday. Council members will begin to seek a permanent replacement for former City Manager Laurie ...

City postpones fee hikes, adopts budget

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council postponed voting Monday night on fee increases for commercial developments, possibly the most controversial component of a spate of fee increases. The fees for development required for road and infrastructure ...

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Motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV

By Melinda Mawdsley

A man was killed Sunday night after he crashed the motorcycle he was driving into the back of another vehicle near a busy Grand Junction roadway, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, was driving his motorcycle south on 25 1/2 ...

Proposals would reaffirm public ownership of water

By Charles Ashby

The state’s water is no longer owned by the people, and two Coloradans want to give it back to them. Phillip Doe of Littleton and Richard Hamilton of Fairplay have proposed two ballot measures for next year’s election that are ...

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