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Asphalt plant decision delayed over concerns of organic farm owner

By Dennis Webb

A decision on a proposed asphalt plant southeast of Rifle was postponed Monday over concerns its air pollution could jeopardize a large, adjacent organic farm. “It’s actually the worst possible neighbor that an organic farm could ...

Guv helps Romanoff repay campaign debt

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper was a supporter of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his bid for the U.S. Senate two years ago. So, it came as somewhat of a surprise Tuesday when Bennet’s Democratic primary opponent, former House ...

West needs water projects, Tipton says

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The growing West needs new water projects, but federal regulations are hindering efforts to increase storage for agriculture and growing populations, a U.S. House subcommittee was told Tuesday. “We need a sensible storage plan to plan ...

Local snowpacks rise, but are still below normal

By Staff

Snowpack conditions improved in the Upper Colorado and Gunnison river basins in January, but the statewide average changed little and remains well below normal, the Natural Resources Conservation Service says. The Upper Colorado was at 68 ...

Cops: Man shot friend in Paonia

By Paul Shockley

A Paonia man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of shooting his friend with a shotgun during an alcohol-fueled altercation, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department. Galen Forrester Wood, 31, was jailed on suspicion of ...

Company cuts Piceance drilling

By Dennis Webb

WPX Energy on Monday said it plans to operate just five drilling rigs in the Piceance Basin this year, down from 11 rigs up until late last year. WPX, a new company created at the start of the year after Williams split off its oil and gas ...

Laura Bradford

Bradford won’t face gun charge in Denver traffic stop

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Denver District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file gun charges against Rep. Laura Bradford. The district attorney’s office announced Monday prosecutors concluded they do not have enough evidence for a ...


Loma man’s bond set at $5 million

By Paul Shockley

County Court Judge Bruce Raaum set bond at $5 million Monday for a Loma man suspected of involvement in the killing of a Fort Campbell soldier. Jarred Tabor Long, 24, 1335 M¾ Road, told the judge he hadn’t been able to hire an ...

School district budget forums begin Thursday

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School District 51 will begin a series of community budget forums at 6 p.m. Thursday in Bookcliff Middle School’s cafeteria. All community members are invited to attend the forums, where they can offer written and spoken suggestions for ...


Republican hopeful taps discontent with president

By Amy Hamilton

Standing nearly shoulder to shoulder in a stuffy hotel ballroom, Jerri Shambaugh of Fruita knew what she wanted to hear from visiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Shambaugh, owner of cleaning company Blaz’n Brooms, said ...

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