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Overflow crowd lets off steam about Bear Ranch land swap

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PAONIA — About 250 people packed into the Paradise Theater on Wednesday, most of them to urge the Town Council to oppose a land swap sought by billionaire William Koch to consolidate his Bear Ranch several miles upstream in the North ...


‘Dog’ show leaves out sheriff spat

By Paul Shockley

A new episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” broadcast Wednesday detailing Duane “Dog” Chapman’s most recent visit to Mesa County last summer made no mention of a war of words with Mesa County Sheriff Stan ...

BLM will require permits for river stretch

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The thousands of river enthusiasts who run the Colorado River and camp along its banks between Loma and Westwater, Utah, every year soon will have to apply for permits for both activities, as federal land managers try to gain a handle on the ...

Partisan hangover lurks at Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It didn’t take long for the subject of reapportionment to come up Wednesday during the opening-day speeches of the 2012 legislative session. Newly minted Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman broached the subject when he ...

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Parachute industrial park signs Encana as tenant

By Dennis Webb

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. has agreed to a long-term lease of a new office building that will be the centerpiece of a new industrial park in Parachute. Shae Properties is developing the building, which will total more than 51,000 square ...


DA touts meth fight in re-election bid

By Paul Shockley

Falling numbers of felony prosecutions and new child-welfare data show Mesa County’s five-year crusade against methamphetamine is working, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told supporters Wednesday. “I’m not bragging about ...

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Palisade High School takes on cyberbullies

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Telecommunications provider Optimum donated $2,000 to Palisade High School and launched an anti-cyberbullying poster contest Wednesday afternoon at the school. The money will benefit Palisade’s Live Above program, which encourages ...

PUC denies Xcel immediate rate hike

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission rejected Xcel Energy’s request for a $100 million interim rate hike Wednesday. The three-member commission said Xcel failed to demonstrate a financial need for an immediate rate ...

Garfield Re-2 weighs two school closings amid budget concerns

By Dennis Webb

The Garfield County Re-2 School District board this week decided not to rule out two school closures as possible budget-saving measures in light of state cutbacks and voter defeat of a local tax measure last fall. The board decided Tuesday ...

Glenwood man sentenced in child pornography case

By Dennis Webb

A Glenwood Springs man was sentenced Wednesday to 36 years in prison after being arrested in 2010 and accused of storing more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children on a workplace computer. Christopher Carlyle agreed to the sentence ...

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