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Votes should be secret, Aspen says in appeal

By Charles Ashby

The Aspen City Council voted Tuesday to appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court a lower court’s ruling that election ballots are public records. Last week, a three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that who Coloradans cast ...

New Senate map divides valley into three statehouse districts

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Laura Bradford won’t be R-Collbran anymore. That is, if Colorado House and Senate district maps that were approved by the Colorado Reapportionment Commission earlier this month become law. The 11-member panel officially filed ...

Comments sought on coal mine leases

By Staff

MONTROSE — The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose is soliciting public comment on a pair of proposed modifications to existing coal leases submitted by Bowie Resources LLC. The modification would add ...

Montrose ends curbside recycling, blaming costs

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose City Council decided Tuesday to slash the residential curbside recycling program from the 2012 budget. The city-funded program will end Jan. 1, and the move is expected to save the city more than $200,000. The ...

Paonia woman killed in car crash

By Staff

A Paonia woman died Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle car crash on Colorado Highway 92. Passenger Alice Lorraine Hodges, 66, died after James Allen Hodges, 67, lost control of the Ford F-250 pickup he was driving, according to the ...

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Hikers’ find leads to arrests in Norwood robbery

By Amy Hamilton

Key tips from citizens and collaborative, quick work by law enforcement helped authorities build a case against several suspects accused of an aggravated kidnapping and robbery of marijuana plants and cash at a home near Norwood in early ...

Summer jobs in trail work, weed removal taking root in Garfield County

By Dennis Webb

Weeds, beware. Trails, take heart. A program that employed about 15 Garfield County teens and young adults this summer to do weed and trail work was enough of a success that county officials are talking about expanding it. County ...

Federal agency watches growing Basalt wildfire

By Staff

A federal firefighting agency hopes to contain the spread of a small but growing wildfire about three miles southeast of Basalt. The fire is burning in rugged terrain and was described Monday afternoon as being about 6 acres in size. It ...

Grand Junction center, director win awards for police, fire dispatch

By Staff

The Grand Junction Regional Communications Center has been named Communications Center of the Year by the Colorado chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, the Grand Junction Police Department announced Monday. It ...

Garfield County eyes projects for flood protection

By Dennis Webb

Landowners and public officials in Garfield County are hoping to get bank stabilization work done this fall to provide protection from future flooding after high-water flows damaged property earlier this year. The Bookcliff Conservation ...

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