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Energy CEO rings opening market bell

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WPX Energy Inc., the natural gas production spinoff of Williams, begins trading today on the New York Stock Exchange. Ralph Hill, CEO of the new company, was to ring the opening bell this morning at the stock exchange as the company, with the ...

Council may seek grant to improve North Ave.

By Amy Hamilton

A portion of Grand Junction’s haphazard North Avenue could get a face-lift if a federal agency approves a grant that would mostly pay for improvements. Grand Junction City Council members are expected to decide during a council meeting ...

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Rock likely 2.87 billion years old

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While rocks have been pulverized into sand, fired to incredible heat or have simply withered away, worn down molecule by molecule, a chunk of rock that lay unchanged for nearly 3 billion years is now in the custody of Dinosaur Journey. The ...


DA to sift 400 cases in probe of ex-trooper

By Paul Shockley

Nearly 400 cases dating back to 2008 in Mesa County will be re-examined in the face of credibility concerns surrounding a former Colorado State Patrol trooper, Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said. Hautzinger’s assessment ...

Closed mine north of Fruita tries to expand

By Dennis Webb

A company with a coal mine north of Fruita that was closed because of the shutdown of the Cameo Power Plant is continuing to seek approvals to add acreage to that mine and open a much bigger operation nearby. A subsidiary of Rhino Energy LLC ...

Grants awarded for river land purchase

By Staff

The Mesa Land Trust wasn’t the only group that recently won a Great Outdoors Colorado grant. The city of Delta received a $175,000 grant to purchase open-space land along the Gunnison River. Routt County was awarded nearly $488,000 to ...

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Shiver or roast? All in a normal year

By Rachel Sauer

In moments of extreme, or extreme-seeming weather, it’s possible and very, very common to think that never before has it been so cold/hot/windy/rainy/whatever. Remember Jan. 2 last year, when the temperature dipped to minus 9? Man, that ...

Crime study: Grand Valley climbs in annual safety rankings

By Paul Shockley

An annual statistical analysis of crime ranks Grand Junction and Mesa County third safest among metropolitan areas in Colorado, trailing Greeley and Boulder. The “CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2011–2012” report, which was ...

Missing the green

By Amy Hamilton

The food and beverage vendor since April for the city-owned Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses spent the day Friday packing up and closing shop. Miles Blackford, who operated The Irons at Tiara Rado, said he wasn’t able to make a ...

New law plows ahead to close agriculture property tax loophole

By Charles Ashby

County assessors are going to be busy this year trying to comply with a new law that went effect Jan. 1. The new law is designed to close at least part of a loophole in the state’s agricultural property tax laws. Farmers and ranchers ...

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