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Soggy weather idles Montrose timber mill

By William Woody

MONTROSE—The saws are silent at the Intermountain Resources lumber mill in Montrose this week, as scarce sources of logs have forced a delay in daily operations. The mill employs approximately 100 workers who are scheduled to resume ...

Arson not suspected in fire that destroyed barn near Rifle

By Staff

Rifle fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a small storage shed filled with hay. Rifle Deputy Fire Chief Chad Harris said arson isn’t suspected. Harris said it’s possible the hay was ...

Worker dies in San Miguel County after power-line trench collapses

By Staff

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY — A worker installing a section of underground power lines died when he fell into a trench and the walls caved in. Workers called 911 about 4 p.m. Monday and said Frank Panucci, 48, of Florence was trapped underground ...

Lochmiller abused cash of investors, stepson says

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The owner of Valley Investments in Grand Junction used millions of dollars in investor funds to pay for a condo in Mexico, new vehicles, back taxes, personal credit-card payments and even hush money, his stepson testified Tuesday. Philip Rand ...

Senator says initiative would buy time to reform education

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State Sen. Rollie Heath, during a stop Tuesday in Grand Junction, said education needs more help than his proposed ballot measure, Initiative 25, can offer. But the Boulder Democrat told a small audience at a rally to gather signatures for ...

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Flood to affect irrigators

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It could be up to a week before irrigation service is restored to customers served by the Government Highline Canal in northern Grand Junction following a pipe break and flooding in the canal Monday. It will take two or three days to install ...

Group: Air samples contain toxins

By Dennis Webb

Nine air samples collected by the public near natural gas drilling in Colorado and New Mexico found four carcinogens and 18 other toxic chemicals, including hydrogen sulfide at a Garfield County home, a new report says. The nonprofit group ...

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Palisade town manager Sarmo to retire at end of September

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Palisade Town Administrator Tim Sarmo will retire at the end of September, saying he wants to conclude a 33-year career in public management so he and his wife can travel more. Sarmo tendered his resignation to the Town Board on Friday but ...

Bystanders save victim of flash flood

By Amy Hamilton

A woman who washed away in eight feet of rushing water mixed with mud and debris was lucky to be alive Tuesday after being rescued by onlookers. A host of rescue agencies rushed to the area of 27 1/4 Road and the desert at approximately 11 ...

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Frenzy at convenience store led to standoff

By Amy Hamilton

Several motorists at a Clifton gas station derailed a gunman’s plans to steal their vehicles after flatly refusing to hand over their car keys, according to an arrest affidavit. George Roloff, 34, was in custody Monday on a $1 million ...

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