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Fatal fire victim battled earlier blaze with beer

By Paul Shockley

A witness reported that a man tried to douse a small fire outside of his camper by pouring beer on it, moments before the camper itself burned in a fire that killed the man, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. As of Thursday, ...


Firm gears up to process ore at Pinon Ridge

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The company planning to build a uranium mill near Naturita is embarking on plans to consolidate and expand the mill’s resource base. Energy Fuels Resources Inc. will spend about $1 million during the next 18 months on mines, drilling ...


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Foreign demand for Colorado cattle equals cash cow for ranchers

By Charles Ashby

Delta rancher Michael Ripp is seeing something he’s never seen before in the cattle industry: Beef prices are going up at the same time as prices for feed grain. “Usually, when grain goes up, cattle goes down, and vice ...


No evidence yet in Gessler claim of illegal voters

By Charles Ashby

Despite months of waiting, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said Secretary of State Scott Gessler hasn’t provided her with any evidence that anyone in the county is improperly registered to vote. In March, Gessler announced he found ...


Forester: Plan would protect 4.2M acres

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A U.S. Forest Service proposal for Colorado provides the chance to “get 4.2 million acres in the bag” in terms of protecting roadless acres, regional forester Rick Cables said Thursday. Addressing a crowd ...


Early morning blaze leaves family homeless and bereft

By William Woody

OLATHE — It was 1:15 in the morning a week ago Friday when the flames came. Henry Grater was asleep in a downstairs bedroom when he awoke to find his kitchen on fire. “I really don’t remember what woke me,” Grater ...


Agency gives half-million to fix park, preserve land

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Great Outdoors Colorado awarded more than $550,000 to two Mesa County projects that will preserve agricultural land and improve a Palisade park. The agency’s board on Thursday announced it gave $484,840 to the Mesa Land Trust and ...


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Competitive ballroom dancers not constrained by age

By Daniel Humphries

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can teach a couple of spunky retirees to ballroom dance, though. Mo Bloemsma, 71, and Jim Eller, 65, along with 15 other dance students of various ages from La Puerta Dance Studio, will ...


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Multiple powers of Shoshone: Xcel plant also big influence on Colorado River flow

By Dennis Webb

With its twin turbines out of commission as protection against debris in the high water in the Colorado River, the 102-year-old Shoshone Generating Station in Glenwood Canyon looked like a museum during a public tour this week. Once the ...


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Roice-Hurst Humane Society moves into new facility

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Multiple rooms filled with cats leaping between shelves and curling up on couches were just a dream when Roice-Hurst Humane Society was at 3320 D 1/2 Road in Clifton. Now that the animal rescue organization has moved into the former Mesa ...


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