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Jordanian visitors to West Slope hope to boost energy production

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A delegation of geologists and other professionals from the Middle East hopes to use expertise developed in northwest Colorado to make their homeland of Jordan energy independent. The delegation visited an Encana well near Parachute on Friday ...

120211 586 SERANADE FIRE 32

Family of 6 homeless; multiple pets are rescued

By Paul Shockley

A fire gutted a Fruitvale home Friday morning, killing at least one pet and leaving a family of six homeless. Homeowner Rhonda Porter said some four dogs and four cats inside or outside of 586 Seranade St., were safe and accounted for. One ...

‘I just complied to stay alive,’ carjack victim says

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More than a week after he was accosted at gunpoint in a carjacking, a Grand Junction man still is piecing together the events that began when a clean-cut man thrust a handgun through his open car window. He has relived the events of the ...


Judge sets $1M bond after cop hurt in raid

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man with a history of fighting police officers was ordered jailed on $1 million bond after he allegedly injured a Drug Task Force officer during a methamphetamine raid Wednesday night. The officer had to have knee surgery at ...

Natural gas production hits record as Williams nears split

By Dennis Webb

Williams plans to complete by year’s end a spinoff of its exploration and production operation, which recently reached a new high in terms of the natural gas it is delivering from the Piceance Basin. The company split-up is coming as ...

November weather near normal; same forecast for this month

By Charles Ashby

Montrose and the Grand Valley experienced slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures for the month of November. The average maximum high for the valley last month was 51.2 degrees, less than 1 degree above normal, according to preliminary data ...

Udall to tackle ‘sea of red’ pine trees

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The “new forest” of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming can be shaped by national legislation in stands that now are dominated by red and skeleton-like lodgepole pines, a U.S. Forest Service report says. The report, which U.S. ...

Montrose sawmill needs bark-beetle strategy, funds

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Potential buyers still are visiting the Intermountain Resources sawmill in Montrose, but the company remains in receivership, awaiting a break that would give it a revenue stream and a line of logs. Some progress was made when the U.S. Forest ...

Senators step in on ski resort’s water rights

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Four senators from three states with world-renowned ski industries are asking the U.S. Forest Service to stop requiring ski areas to give up water rights to obtain operating permits. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Colorado ...

120111 Dessert comp win

High-dollar dessert trumps wedding date

By Rachel Sauer

It takes a while to make it, but there’s a connection between bread pudding, wedding dresses and a kitchen full of busy, creative bakers. See, Bonnie Davis-Mitchell was supposed to get married Thursday. But because these things ...

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