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Board to pursue mineral royalty money

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A board established this spring to distribute federal mineral royalty money will move ahead with its plans, despite the doubts of the U.S. Interior Department and a Mesa County commissioner. Applications are due today to the Mesa County ...

Panel regroups on election map

By Charles Ashby

The 11-member Colorado Reapportionment Commission will meet behind closed doors today to discuss the Colorado Supreme Court’s rejection earlier this week of its proposed new legislative district maps. The high court rejected the maps on ...


Denver court rules against Gessler

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler overstepped his boundaries earlier this year when he approved new campaign finance rules for small political-issue committees, a Denver court ruled Thursday. Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones said ...

Santa’s coming to town tonight at tree-lighting gala downtown

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The annual, downtown Wells Fargo Tree Lighting will take place tonight in front of Wells Fargo Bank, 359 Main St. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with holiday music performed by The Tonettes. The tree and other downtown lights will go on, and ...

Rifle escapee surrenders

By Dennis Webb

A man who turned himself in Tuesday after allegedly eluding authorities near Rifle on Friday is being held on suspicion of escape from the Colorado Department of Corrections because he left a community corrections facility and didn’t ...

Man killed in I-70 crash identified

By Staff

Edward F. McCord, 59, of Grand Junction, was the man who died after rolling the tanker truck he was driving Wednesday on Interstate 70 near mile marker 35, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. The tanker was westbound on I-70 ...

D51 group raising money for schools

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The School District 51 Foundation plans to launch its first targeted fundraising effort by the end of the year. The foundation has collected about $7,000 in private donations since it became a nonprofit organization this spring, according to ...


Crash of erratic tanker on I-70 kills driver

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado State Patrol said alcohol intoxication may have contributed to a crash involving a tanker truck that careened off Interstate 70 Wednesday near Clifton, killing its driver. A 52-year-old Grand Valley man, whose identity was ...

City workers might have pay level restored

By Amy Hamilton

It’s not official, but Grand Junction’s 630 employees probably will see their wages returned to 2009 levels. That would be a pay increase after the city cut employee wages 3 percent across the board in 2010. Grand Junction City ...

Air quality issue hangs over monument-to-park committee

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A committee looking at seeking a status change for Colorado National Monument is preparing to seek more public comment on the idea, beginning with an Internet survey. The committee, which meets monthly at Colorado Mesa University, will work ...

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