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Montrose festival brings cultures together

By William Woody

MONTROSE —  Organizers of the inaugural International Music and Food Festival, hosted Saturday in Montrose, say they want to make the event an annual fixture on the city’s calendar. Hundreds of people crisscrossed the ...


4 small wildfires burning, causing smoky skies

By Staff

Residents in the Montrose area likely have been subjected to smoky skies in the past couple of days. Four wildfires started by lightning strikes were burning on public lands Saturday, according to the Montrose Interagency Fire Management ...


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48-year sentence upheld

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals last week upheld a sentence for a man who repeatedly beat a De Beque rancher in the head with a sledgehammer handle, killing him. Kenneth E. Wright, of Rifle, 45, asked a panel of appellate judges to throw out ...


Controversy over horse slaughter renewed with GAO report

By Staff

The controversy over the commercial slaughter of horses in the United States resumed a little more than a week ago with a report from the Government Accountability Office that raised questions about the effect of action taken by Congress five ...


Garden spots for Ponzi schemes

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Colorado and neighboring Utah, despite their relatively small populations, are among the nation’s leaders in a category in which they’d rather not be a frontrunner: Ponzi schemes. That’s according to Marquet International, ...


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District 51 survey shows some budget opinions, realities differ

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Students would have every Friday off and pay $10 to ride the school bus this fall if the majority of 3,050 School District 51 budget-survey respondents had their way. When asked in November and December to pick their first choice among a set ...


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Trial arrives for Lochmiller, fallen investors

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Philip Rand Lochmiller, who authorities say bilked more than 400 investors of more than $30 million from his Grand Junction business, will get his day in court Tuesday. His investors will get their day as well — many of them from ...


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Vet baffled by VA’s refusal to pay bill

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When Larry Schafer started trembling uncontrollably on May 24, his wife, Karen, called for emergency help. “I was shaking so bad I thought I was having a heart attack,” Schafer said. Ambulance personnel sat in his dining room and ...


District may test waters for tax hike for schools

By Staff

School District 51 officials are considering asking voters whether to approve a mill levy override that would increase taxes by $5.39 per month for every $100,000 of a home’s worth. That would equal an extra $64.68 of property tax a ...


Oil shale water rights nullified

By Dennis Webb

A judge Friday canceled some 140,000 acre-feet of White River Basin conditional water rights that had been intended partly for use in potential oil shale development, attorneys say. “It certainly is, I think, a pretty large victory for ...


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