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Shear bliss for sheep farmers

By Dennis Webb

Tony Theos of Meeker grew up in the sheep business, and at age 32, he’s never seen lamb and wool prices as high as they are now. “You’re in it because you love what you do, but you’re in it to make money. With ...

Snowpack higher than normal in Colorado

By Amy Hamilton

Good news, local rafters, irrigators and all water lovers. Runoff this spring in the Colorado River and the Gunnison River is expected to be high as snowpack levels statewide remain above average this year. That’s a change over last year ...

Bill would require Social Security card for benefits

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans applying for government services won’t be allowed to provide merely their Social Security numbers along with other forms of identification to qualify for benefits. Under a bill that passed a legislative panel on a 5–4 ...


Man killed, two people hurt in I-70 Business Loop crash

By Paul Shockley

A traffic accident that killed one man and injured two other people closed the Interstate 70 Business Loop for several hours Wednesday, including the evening rush hour. Thomas E. Shelhammer, 82, of Clifton, was pronounced dead at the scene. ...

Body found in Delta ditch was man, 34, from Arkansas

By William Woody

DELTA — Police have identified the man whose body was found in a drainage ditch in Delta last month as 34-year-old Billy Joe Green of Springdale, Ark. Green died from exposure Feb. 21, according to Delta Police Chief Robert ...

New Emerson, science center duo gets an ‘A’

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A new partnership this year between the John McConnell Math & Science Center of Western Colorado and New Emerson Elementary School has received rave reviews from students and teachers. A survey given to New Emerson students in February ...

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House destroyed by fire near Powderhorn Resort

By Paul Shockley

Plateau Valley Fire Department firefighters said a cause wasn’t immediately known Wednesday morning for a fire that leveled a home near Mesa. The two-story home, roughly one-half mile north of the Powderhorn Ski Resort turnoff on ...

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Some public radio stations cry foul over CPR fundraising

By Charles Ashby

Public-radio fundraising drives are usually an irritation to listeners who’d rather be tuning in to such programs as “Morning Edition,” “Car Talk” or “A Prairie Home Companion” than listen to someone ...

Proposal calls for tax amnesty to offset cuts

By Charles Ashby

The last time Colorado offered a tax amnesty program, it collected millions of dollars more in back taxes than lawmakers thought it would. Now, two Denver Democrats in the Colorado Legislature want to try that again. Rep. Mark Ferrandino and ...

Coram intends to wean state from severance

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Don Coram wants to give state government a few years to get used to the idea of never again using severance taxes and federal-mineral-lease royalty payments to pay for anything other what they were intended. That’s why the Montrose ...

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