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Ski areas bracing for fight with feds over water rights

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A battle by the nation’s ski areas to stop the Obama administration’s requirement that resorts surrender their water rights to the federal government could become a protracted fight. A lawsuit filed earlier this year by the ...


Assault probe becomes missing-person case

By Dennis Webb

A search for a Battlement Mesa man accused of assaulting someone in a Parachute restaurant Sunday has turned into a missing-persons investigation after his failure to resurface since then. Mary Cunningham, the mother of Paul Cunningham ...

Calm urged in college disputes

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The colleges in Colorado that are seeking to be known as universities need to get along even as they compete for valuable recognition beyond the state’s borders, a committee said Wednesday. Western State College in Gunnison is one of ...

Group offers $2.5M to retire oil, gas leases

By Dennis Webb

A group trying to stop oil and gas development on 220,000 acres west of Carbondale is offering energy companies about $2.5 million to cover their direct investments in undeveloped leases.  The Thompson Divide Coalition on Wednesday said ...

Man in furlough dispute sentenced

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man whose bid to attend his father’s funeral pitted a judge against Mesa County’s community-corrections system was resentenced Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Deister ordered 28-year-old Benjamin Christ to serve ...

10 percent of residents get food aid

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Demand for food assistance in Mesa County continues to surge, as thousands of county residents struggle to put food on the table despite some signs the economy gradually is recovering. An increase in applications for the program formerly ...

Board, community discuss religious songs

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The resignation last week of a Grand Junction High School student from an after-school men’s choir set to perform a Muslim song at an upcoming vocal competition dominated audience comments Tuesday night at a District 51 School Board ...

Credit has no bearing in hiring, Dems say

By Charles Ashby

Businesses won’t be allowed to use a prospective employee’s credit history in hiring under a bill approved in the Democrat-controlled Colorado Senate on Tuesday. The highly debated measure drew direct attacks between Democrats who ...


Bugs prepared for new missions at Palisade Insectary

By Matthew Berger

Nearly 70 years after its inception, the Palisade Insectary is still looking for new challenges. The insectary, which was started in the 1940s, collects, rears and distributes biological control agents such as predators, pathogens or ...

U.S. system inefficient, mining counsel says

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The U.S. mining industry is finding itself hampered by some of the same policies its brethren in the drilling business long have complained about. “The amount of time it takes to permit a facility has been a real deterrent to ...

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