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City: $1,300 for e-mails on gravel pit

By Amy Hamilton

Carrol Zehner got more than she bargained for when she submitted a Colorado Open Records Act request about a proposed gravel pit in her Orchard Mesa neighborhood. Zehner, who requested nine months of e-mail conversations between City Council ...


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Accused killer’s remarks to be allowed at trial

By Paul Shockley

Statements attributed to an accused Fruita killer about taking lives and a murder-for-hire scenario will be allowed at trial, District Judge Thomas Deister ruled Tuesday. Deister said the jury in the trial of 37-year-old Wayne Gert can hear ...


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Bennet: Earmark vote ‘rigged’

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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., described the Senate’s process as “rigged,” during a conversation picked up by a microphone that Bennet apparently did not know was on. Bennet’s comments were picked up by a live ...


Trustees give their side of Montrose hospital controversy

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees defined at length Tuesday night the provisions within a new operating lease agreement that has put the board at odds with the Montrose County Commission. Trustee William ...


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Couple wins energy-saving help

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Bob and Ruth Michels were overjoyed to hear their home was the first in Grand Junction to be selected for a $10,000 energy makeover from Xcel Energy. “I never get picked for anything, except maybe jury duty,” Ruth Michels said ...


‘Thuggish tactics’ remark upsets some school bus drivers in labor dispute

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School bus driver Traci Kelley says she’ll pay union dues, but definitely doesn’t want to be a Teamster — or a member of any other union. Sheron McCampbell says she is a proud union member and is no union thug. McCampbell ...


Authorities investigate death of 2-year-old

By Paul Shockley

Authorities in Delta County are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy. The boy, identified by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department as the son of Ashley Dorsch, died Saturday at Delta County Memorial Hospital, the sheriff’s ...


Water there to start oil shale work, GAO says

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It’s likely that the nation’s oil shale states have enough water to start an energy industry based on the rock, but it would soon have to compete with downstream demands, including those of cities and towns, and endangered fish, a ...


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Glade Park waits for new post office

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What might be one of the more scenic post office locations in the country sits unoccupied on the windswept flats of Glade Park. The U.S. Postal Service says a carefully constructed pad that now gets occasional emergency use as a helipad will ...


County approves equestrian improvements at fairgrounds

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One of the oldest and most-used areas of the Mesa County Fairgrounds will soon receive a renovation that county officials say will add updated amenities and could draw bigger events. County commissioners on Monday agreed to spend a little ...


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