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2011 class final crop of grads under old Mesa State moniker

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Mesa State College likely graduated its last class Sunday. Next year’s degrees from the institution will say Colorado Mesa University if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a bill allowing the college to change its name, something he is ...


Hits, misses the theme of 2011 session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—When Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State speech at the start of 2011 legislative session in January, he said a lot of things Republican lawmakers liked. Boost oil and gas development, reduce ...


Grand Junction hiker reportedly dies in Utah

By Staff

A Grand Junction man has died while hiking in Owl Canyon in San Juan County, Utah, according to a report in The Salt Lake Tribune. The San Juan County, Utah, Sheriff’s Department was unable to confirm the death of John Slay to The ...


Williams drilling business to be called WPX Energy

By Dennis Webb

The largest natural gas producer in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin will go by the new name of WPX Energy Inc. Williams, which earlier this year said it planned to split into two companies, said in a recent news release it has ...


Montrose utility putting power plant in Ridgway Dam

By William Woody

MONTROSE — An effort to retrofit the Ridgway Dam so it can produce hydroelectric power by late 2014 is under way. Tri-County Water in Montrose has obtained a permit from the Bureau of Reclamation, Mike Berry of Tri-County Water said. ...


Coal mine proposal faces slew of hurdles

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If everything were to work as Oxbow Mining could hope, the 360 miners would dredge out the last of the Elk Creek Mine’s recoverable coal in 2017, then show up the next day in a new mine, one under Oak Mesa north of Hotchkiss. It’s ...


Ritter: Fracking debate muddies view of natural gas

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The fight over fracking marks a sharp departure in the way natural gas is being viewed by environmental organizations, which have stepped up battles against a fuel once hailed as a bridge to a future of renewable energy. Hydraulic fracturing ...


Frank McNulty

Feud partial product of party rivalries

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—Senate presidents and House speakers in the Colorado Legislature traditionally don’t get along. But Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, really don’t get ...


Green group urges capture of methane

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While national environmental organizations tussle with Oxbow Mining over its plans to expand the Elk Creek Mine, a North Fork Valley organization declined to oppose the expansion. Coal from the region has a low sulfur content that helps power ...


COLD CASE RIVAS

Some say home was targeted for hidden cash

By Paul Shockley

When she goes to bed at night, Diana Cruz thinks about the murder of Jose Rivas. She sleeps where it happened 23 years ago at 332 Fairview Drive. Raised in another home across the street, where her mother still lives, Cruz has fresh memories ...


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