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030411 Jam VS Bobby

Willis trying to put Loma, festival in jam,  attorney says

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An attorney for Country Jam pleaded with Loma residents Thursday night to pepper Mesa County officials and would-be competitor Bobby Willis with questions and comments about Willis’ proposed country music festival, painting Willis as an ...


Man guilty on seven counts in 2009 shooting near Loma

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County jury Wednesday night returned guilty verdicts on seven counts against a Loma man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at two people in 2009 during a property dispute. Mark Edward Young, 46, was acquitted of attempted murder ...

Drilling permits well behind pace of 2010’s numbers

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Oil and gas drilling permitting in Colorado is running significantly behind last year’s pace so far this year, with Garfield and Weld counties continuing to vie for the state lead. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation ...

DA: No charges against Chipeta teacher

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to prosecute a School District 51 teacher after investigating claims that the teacher shoved a student to the ground in front of classmates. Hautzinger on Thursday said a crime ...

Tipton challenges Salazar over wild lands

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The treatment of some Bureau of Land Management lands as wilderness already has begun, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday. Salazar insisted there have been “significant communications” ...

030411 1a sheep lead

Shear bliss for sheep farmers

By Dennis Webb

Tony Theos of Meeker grew up in the sheep business, and at age 32, he’s never seen lamb and wool prices as high as they are now. “You’re in it because you love what you do, but you’re in it to make money. With ...

Snowpack higher than normal in Colorado

By Amy Hamilton

Good news, local rafters, irrigators and all water lovers. Runoff this spring in the Colorado River and the Gunnison River is expected to be high as snowpack levels statewide remain above average this year. That’s a change over last year ...

Bill would require Social Security card for benefits

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans applying for government services won’t be allowed to provide merely their Social Security numbers along with other forms of identification to qualify for benefits. Under a bill that passed a legislative panel on a 5–4 ...


Man killed, two people hurt in I-70 Business Loop crash

By Paul Shockley

A traffic accident that killed one man and injured two other people closed the Interstate 70 Business Loop for several hours Wednesday, including the evening rush hour. Thomas E. Shelhammer, 82, of Clifton, was pronounced dead at the scene. ...

Body found in Delta ditch was man, 34, from Arkansas

By William Woody

DELTA — Police have identified the man whose body was found in a drainage ditch in Delta last month as 34-year-old Billy Joe Green of Springdale, Ark. Green died from exposure Feb. 21, according to Delta Police Chief Robert ...

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