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Report: Air firm’s plan risky to Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A deal to bring a German aviation company to Montrose is fraught with risk and places a majority of the fiscal burden upon taxpayers, according to a report released Thursday afternoon. “Extra has no current access to ...

Mesa State’s $19.8M building plan ranks high on list of state projects

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A $19.8 million classroom building project at Mesa State College ranks in the top 10 on a list of projects the Colorado Commission on Higher Education plans to recommend for state funding. The list, which will be submitted to the ...

Mining company behind on taxes

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Bowie Resources Mine, which closed temporarily Friday, has missed both property-tax payments to Delta County, in which it is the largest taxpayer. Officials with the company are searching for additional funding, Delta County Treasurer Jim ...


Rifle man sentenced in fratricide

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man who shot and killed his brother two years ago apologized to family members in court Wednesday. “But I did what I did out of love,” Heath Johnston said before Judge Gail Nichols approved a 48-year ...

Attack ad rips Salazar—but the wrong one

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If you heard a radio ad attacking Congressman Ken Salazar, you heard right. The advertiser, Americans United for Life, got their target’s name wrong. The ad five times identifies the current Interior secretary and former Colorado ...

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Plea deal rejected in Botanical Gardens vandalism

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley on Wednesday rejected a plea agreement for a man suspected of causing thousands of dollars of damage at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, saying he had doubts the man would comply with probation. Bradley Dodd, ...

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Mesa County lays off workers amid budget crisis

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The Mesa County Health Department will lay off a handful of employees, reduce the number of weekend and evening hours it inspects restaurants and boost fees for some of its services, as one of the most publicly visible county agencies deals ...

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GJ mayor appointed to EPA advisory committee

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction Mayor Teresa Coons has been appointed to an advisory arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Local Government Advisory Committee. Coons also serves on the state’s Air Quality Control Commission, which is ...

Weather causes scattered loss of power

By Melinda Mawdsley

A storm that brought heavy rain and gusty winds to Mesa County on Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to several thousand Xcel Energy customers. Xcel spokesman Fred Eggleston said nearly 2,400 customers lost power in the area between Grand ...

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Grand Junction man announces his 2012 bid for president

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John Davis plans to visit all 3,200 counties in the United States as part of his march to become the 45th president of the United States. Davis is the head of Blue Star Industries in Grand Junction, which sells building materials and ...

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