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Affordable housing rules scaled back in Garfield

By Dennis Webb

Reflecting the sharp shift in the region’s housing market, Garfield County commissioners have scaled back affordable housing requirements they had expanded in 2008. In a county where people struggled to buy homes just a few short years ...

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Clifton man accused in sex assault of teen says he does Santa events

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton man who told investigators he regularly appears at special events as Santa Claus is accused of molesting a teenage girl at his home this past summer. Robert Melvin Cross, 55, 590 33 Road, was ordered held on $75,000 bond and ...

Alcohol factor in fatal motorcycle wreck

By Paul Shockley

A man who died after an alcohol-related crash Sunday in Grand Junction was prosecuted in 2009 for another driving incident involving alcohol in which his infant granddaughter died. Anthony L. Woods, 53, of Grand Junction, had a blood-alcohol ...

County gives pipeline thumbs down

By Charles Ashby

Following in the footsteps of the Grand Junction City Council, the Mesa County Commission voted Monday to oppose a proposed 560-mile water pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge to Colorado’s Front Range. The commissioners said the ...

Houston firm buys Junction company that specializes in hydraulic fracturing

By Charles Ashby

The sale of Grand Junction-based Western Pump & Dredge Co. to a Texas company last week will mean the local employer will be able to grow even more, company officials said Monday. The firm was sold to Houston-based Rockwater Energy ...

Glenwood Democrat in redrawn district won’t seek re-election

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Roger Wilson became the latest casualty over redrawn maps for legislative districts approved by the Colorado Supreme Court last week. Because the Glenwood Springs Democrat was drawn into a heavily Republican district, Wilson announced ...

Protests keep areas’ zoning in place

By Amy Hamilton

Opposition by some Grand Junction businesses and landowners to proposed changes in land-use zones will keep zoning as is for three areas that were under consideration for changes. Grand Junction City Council members unofficially agreed ...


Sinkhole grows on nerves of Rifle-area homeowner

By Dennis Webb

When Janet Ketelsleger moved from Idaho to a home near Rifle in 2003, she never had heard of terms such as alluvial soils. This year, she’s been getting a crash course in geology, thanks to a sinkhole that began opening in May and has ...

Teachers have say in potential budget cuts

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About 100 District 51 teachers gathered last week to discuss their priorities for an anticipated fourth round of district budget cuts next year. Jim Smyth, president of the Mesa Valley Education Association, said the teacher representation ...

Deputy city manager steps up for interim

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s deputy city manager, Rich Englehart, will fill the role of interim city manager, Grand Junction City Council members said Monday. Council members will begin to seek a permanent replacement for former City Manager Laurie ...

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