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Bill to keep insurers from dropping their policy holders

By Charles Ashby

Property and casualty insurance companies can’t drop homeowners’ policies merely because of claims they’ve had to pay within a three-year period, under a bill the Colorado Senate approved on a voice vote Friday. Sen. Joyce ...

4-year degrees clear hurdle at mountain college

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The Colorado Commission on Higher Education unanimously approved two, four-year-degree programs for Colorado Mountain College during its meeting Friday in Denver. The four-year degrees will be the first offered by the college. The Glenwood ...

Xcel, solar firms given a week to settle rebate tiff

By Staff

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is giving Xcel Energy Inc. and the solar-installers industry a week to work out a settlement over the utility’s request to the PUC to curtail a popular rebate on installing solar panels. A ...

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Author of Mesa County’s chosen book to spin a yarn at this week’s GJ signing

By Ann Wright

If plot spoilers bother you, stop reading now. If you’ve already made it to the end of “Await Your Reply” by Dan Chaon, please continue reading. Spoilers are thick among the questions Chaon receives about “Await Your ...

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Mom linked to sex-offender violation guilty

By Paul Shockley

A mother who authorities said allowed her sex-offender son to have contact with a young girl in violation of a court order will be sentenced to probation under a plea agreement struck Thursday. Debra Pankey, 53, of Grand Junction, pleaded ...

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Willis trying to put Loma, festival in jam,  attorney says

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An attorney for Country Jam pleaded with Loma residents Thursday night to pepper Mesa County officials and would-be competitor Bobby Willis with questions and comments about Willis’ proposed country music festival, painting Willis as an ...


Man guilty on seven counts in 2009 shooting near Loma

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County jury Wednesday night returned guilty verdicts on seven counts against a Loma man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at two people in 2009 during a property dispute. Mark Edward Young, 46, was acquitted of attempted murder ...

Drilling permits well behind pace of 2010’s numbers

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Oil and gas drilling permitting in Colorado is running significantly behind last year’s pace so far this year, with Garfield and Weld counties continuing to vie for the state lead. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation ...

DA: No charges against Chipeta teacher

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to prosecute a School District 51 teacher after investigating claims that the teacher shoved a student to the ground in front of classmates. Hautzinger on Thursday said a crime ...

Tipton challenges Salazar over wild lands

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The treatment of some Bureau of Land Management lands as wilderness already has begun, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday. Salazar insisted there have been “significant communications” ...

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