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Wild, scenic label unlikely for river

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Congress should decide how to manage the Colorado River for the last leg of its run out of the state, but preferably not as a wild and scenic river. So says a group that includes ranchers, environmental organizations, local government ...

Hilltop cuts staff, services

By Amy Hamilton

An overarching Grand Junction-based nonprofit organization is reshuffling employees, letting some staff go as grant dollars expire and scaling some programs back to basics. Hilltop, an agency with approximately 540 employees that is ...

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Gravel pit rejected by planning commission

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Grand Junction planning commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-2 to reject a permit that would have allowed gravel extraction near an Orchard Mesa residential neighborhood. Commissioners Gregory Williams, Patrick Carlow, Richard Schoenradt and Rob ...

Mesa County plans legal action if properties aren’t cleaned soon

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Mesa County commissioners agreed Tuesday to take legal action against two property owners if they don’t remove junk and unregistered vehicles from their land within a certain amount of time. Under compliance plans approved by the board, ...

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Weather events adding to surprisingly high flows

By Dennis Webb

Rainstorms and higher-than-expected temperatures have led to unanticipated flooding in western Colorado and forced the reining in of reservoir releases to benefit endangered fish. A flood warning was extended Tuesday for the Eagle River below ...

Fired officers ‘proficient’ in recent evaluations

By Paul Shockley

Three former Grand Junction Police Department officers who were fired Thursday had been found “proficient” in individual performance evaluations completed over the past six months, according to records released Monday by the city ...

Ritter vetoes pay-raise measure for state workers

By Charles Ashby

Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed three bills Monday, including one that would have allowed automatic pay increases for state workers. The governor said that although Colorado’s pay progression system for state workers is broken, House Bill 1409 ...

Motorcyclist flees crash scene; 2nd man booked

By Amy Hamilton

Police officers and emergency personnel were dealing with a motorcycle wreck caused by a suspected drunken driver when an officer was nearly struck by another drunken driving suspect early Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Police ...

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Prosecutors won’t seek death in fatal shooting

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor will not face the death penalty if convicted, attorneys said Monday. John Burkey, a public defender representing Robert McCleland, 31, told a judge Monday that the Mesa County ...

Revisions in exposure, indecency laws are signed

By Charles Ashby

Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill into law that is intended to correct problems with the state’s sexual offender statutes. House Bill 1334 moves masturbation from the state’s less severe public indecency laws to the more severe ...

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