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Yearly sales tax revenue up 7 percent

By Staff

Mesa County sales tax collections were up nearly 7 percent overall in 2011 compared with 2010, according to the county’s financial department. The county’s sales taxes in 2011 increased every month, except November, over the ...

GarCo death investigated as homicide

By Dennis Webb

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting early Saturday morning that left a 30-year-old man dead in Battlement Mesa. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the investigation is focusing on whether the shooting was accidental or ...

Drilling lags on BLM land, report shows

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Federal policy appears to be putting a damper on drilling on public lands in the West, a report by a Grand Junction-based company says. Environmental organizations quickly dismissed the findings of the study, saying oil and gas companies are ...

Colorado GOP: Repeal federal health care law

By Charles Ashby

Hoping to send a message to Congress, the Republican-controlled Colorado House approved a nonbinding resolution Thursday calling for a federal constitutional convention to repeal the controversial health care reform act. The resolution, which ...

Pipeline under river proposed near Rifle

By Staff

The Bureau of Land Management is considering a second natural gas pipeline proposal in as many months involving a bore under the Colorado River west of Rifle. Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., is proposing a buried 24-inch-diameter, 11.2-mile ...

Two Denver legislators want limits on donations to school-board candidates

By Charles Ashby

Two Denver lawmakers want to place campaign donation limits on school board candidates. Rep. Elizabeth McCann and Lois Court, both Democrats, say that even though school board members aren’t paid, too much money has been going into ...

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Defiant ex-DA gets 1 year in prison, probation

By Paul Shockley

MONTROSE—With his victims looking on in court Thursday, former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra apologized to the judge for his unkempt hair. Serra, 50, then launched a rambling denial of criminal wrongdoing against the three ...


After 42 years in education, Holy Family principal stepping down

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Sister Ann Ashwood-Piper has been greeted with well wishes, tears and “an extra portion of hugs” since announcing this month she will resign as Holy Family Catholic School’s principal, effective June 1. Ashwood-Piper, who ...

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Kidnapping suspect lied about travel plan

By Dennis Webb

A man who was arrested in North Dakota in connection with the Jan. 7 disappearance of a Montana teacher had received court permission to leave Colorado just two days earlier to go to Texas for a family emergency. Michael Keith Spell, 22, is ...

Water rights key question in park status

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Any legislation aimed at promoting Colorado National Monument to a national park should account for the water rights — or, more completely, lack thereof — of the National Park Service unit, members of a committee were told ...

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