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Bill to keep Cameo plant in operation dies Tuesday

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill designed to extend the life of the Cameo power plant and the jobs that go along with them died Tuesday in the Colorado Legislature. The Xcel-owned plant east of Grand Junction is slated to close at the end of the ...

Rafter-private land bill looks sunk this session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would have allowed rafters to traverse private land was effectively killed in the Colorado Legislature on Tuesday. That happened when a conference committee of House and Senate members couldn’t agree on ...

Court upholds dismissal of GarCo jail abuse suit

By Paul Shockley

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a decision tossing out a lawsuit against Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and his jail staff, saying a former jail inmate failed to follow proper procedure. The court said U.S. ...

Curry pressing ahead with measure that won’t help her

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Kathleen Curry won’t get any help from her own bill today. The unaffiliated representative from Gunnison, on the final day of the 2010 legislative session, will present a bill that affects future unaffiliated ...

County OKs permit for winery to build events facility

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A Palisade winery can build a 2,100-square-foot facility for weddings and other private events on its 18-acre agricultural operation under a conditional-use permit approved Tuesday by the Mesa County Commission. Commissioners unanimously ...

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Worker believes cancer caused by fracking fluids

By Dennis Webb

When Rifle resident Jose Lara, 42, began working for Rain for Rent about a half-dozen years ago, his job required climbing inside tanks to power-wash them after they’d been emptied of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in area oil and gas ...

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Monument fee may rise from $7 to $10

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Colorado National Monument officials are proposing to increase entrance and camping fees next year, saying they believe the hike is fair because the cost to recreate in the monument is among the lowest anywhere in the national parks ...

Silt foursome takes an ax to town budget

By Dennis Webb

SILT — When a coalition of four candidates won election to the town’s board in April, the quartet didn’t waste any time acting on their promise to make budget cuts in tough economic times. In short order, they decided not to ...

Water to be key issue for high court nominee, Colorado delegates say

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U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s position on water rights will be high on the lists of issues for U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall when considering Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bennet also will pay ...

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Worker rescued from trench

By Amy Hamilton

After being lodged in a muddy trench deep underground, a cheer went up and family members exhaled Monday night as rescuers pulled up a man who had been stuck for six hours. “I just want to see him come up with a smile,” said Lyn ...

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