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Hatchet-slaying deliberations in sixth day

By Dennis Webb

A Rio Blanco County jury heads into a sixth day of deliberations in Meeker today as it tries to reach a verdict and avoid a mistrial in the monthlong murder trial of Jerry Snider Jr. A holdout juror reportedly has kept the 12-person panel ...

Immigration bill likely to die

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee is expected to kill a measure today that would turn Colorado’s main illegal immigration statute into one closely resembling a controversial Arizona law. The measure, introduced by Rep. Randy Baumgardner, ...

Hockey rink’s air system fails, sickening 54

By Patrick Bahr

The Grand Valley Mavs pee-wee hockey team was actually lucky it had to play on an outdoor hockey rink last weekend in Gunnison. The Gunnison Valley Hockey Association had a tournament scheduled for the indoor ice arena, so the 12-under team ...

Severance tax revenue needed to help budget, Democrats say

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Though they said they wanted to support Sen. Ellen Roberts’ bill to bar the use of severance taxes to pay for things other than local projects, Democrats on a Senate committee Monday said they just couldn’t. The bad ...

Mesa County Dems have new leaders

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Mesa County Democrats will be led by co-chairmen as the party looks to field candidates for the Mesa County Commission. Karl Castleton and Arn McConnell were elected to head the party after a Saturday meeting of the central ...

Battlement incorporation would be ‘expensive proposition,’ study says

By Dennis Webb

Running Battlement Mesa as a municipality would cost up to $2 million a year, an amount that wouldn’t fully be made up even with substantial new taxes on residents, a study has found. “It would be an expensive proposition,” ...

Body of missing man from Palisade found

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A Palisade man who was reported missing about a month ago was found dead over the weekend, although police don’t suspect foul play. The body of David Martineau, 42, was found east of town near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and River ...

Mesa County to retain administrator position

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Interim Mesa County Administrator Tom Papin has recommended commissioners hire a permanent administrator who will continue to manage the county’s day-to-day operations while also suggesting the board communicate more directly with ...

Bill would alter makeup of oil-gas panel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Ray Scott heard the state’s new governor say in his State of the State speech last month that he was willing to do what needs to be done to help business. To that end, the freshman lawmaker wants to do something the ...


GJ flights fewer but fuller in 2010

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Grand Junction Regional Airport served 11,000 fewer passengers in 2010 compared to the previous year. There were fewer flights last year than in 2009, but the planes were fuller. The airport lost all Frontier-operated flights to Denver in ...

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