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VA hospital plans parking garage

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Crews demolished two buildings in the northwest corner of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus this week, in anticipation of a new 350-space parking garage to be built within the next two years. The buildings were part of the original ...

President’s speech gets mixed reviews from Colorado delegates

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One Colorado senator hailed President Barack Obama’s job speech Thursday night as a needed tonic for a down national economy while U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said it fell short of encouraging job growth in western Colorado. Sen. ...

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Hot-water lovers revel in family’s dream come true

By Dennis Webb

Larry Dressler and Linda Smith of Boulder enjoy soaking in hot springs “when we can find them,” Dressler said. Thanks to a recommendation from some locals, last week Dressler and his wife found the newly developed Avalanche Ranch ...

Norwood robbers get cash, marijuana

By William Woody

Medical marijuana and thousands of dollars of cash were stolen during a daytime armed robbery of a home near Norwood on Tuesday. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are looking for two, ...

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Convicted ex-DA turns self in before sentencing in felony case

By Paul Shockley

Convicted felon and former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra surrendered Tuesday night at the Montrose County Jail, revoking his own bond while awaiting sentencing in a bond-violation case. Serra, 49, arrived at the jail at 7 p.m. and ...

GJ police cite success of homeless team

By Amy Hamilton

It’s one success story that Grand Junction Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, or HOT, would love to replicate again and again. For months, the officers in the three-person team responded to a report of a drunken, homeless ...

Restaurateur left employees, investors in lurch

By William Woody

MONTROSE — When restaurant creator, promoter and manager Anthony Damiano left Montrose last month, he left behind: a pair of restaurants delinquent in sales tax payments; unpaid workers; and local investors who say they feel blind-sided ...

Escaped killer ordered back to Florida

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Convicted murderer Frederick Barrett will be returning to prison in Florida some 32 years after his escape in 1979, a judge determined Wednesday. During the writ-of-habeas-corpus hearing, Barrett appeared in person for the ...

Encana: Pipeline sale to free up money for local drilling

By Dennis Webb

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) says a plan to sell part of its Piceance Basin pipeline and compressor system doesn’t signal a slowdown in its local drilling operations, but rather frees up money to invest in them. Encana said Wednesday it ...

Group fights lease proposal for Thompson Divide land

By Dennis Webb

CARBONDALE — A proposed federal oil and gas leasing unit would drive a stake through the heart of efforts to protect some 220,000 acres between Glenwood Springs and McClure Pass from drilling, speakers told a Carbondale crowd Wednesday ...

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