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Convergence of gearheads

By Rachel Sauer

Here’s to “just looking,” that wellspring of good intention that often ends in a bagful of bargains. Or maybe even “just looking’s” equally congenial cousin, “I’m just here for one ...

Raising debt limit looms as next fight over federal spending, Tipton says

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Budget fights didn’t end with the agreement reached Friday by the president and Congress that avoided a government shutdown. The next battle could arise within weeks, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said. Congress is to consider ...

Collbran couple to receive $280,000 in death of unborn child

By Paul Shockley

The state of Colorado will pay $280,000 to a local family as part of a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Colorado State Patrol, officials said last week. The lawsuit was filed after a November 2007 collision that injured a ...


Business outlook in Palisade not so peachy

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A year and a half ago, in the midst of a recession crippling other communities locally and nationwide, Palisade was held up as the little economic engine that could. Many of its businesses, particularly in the downtown area, were chugging ...

Montrose dog park could open this fall

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Detailed sketch plans for a dog-friendly park in Montrose should be presented to the city’s parks department toward the end of this month. The new park would be on 1.25 acres next to Baldridge Park on the banks of the ...

Hearing on Montrose hospital lease planned

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Lawyers for the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and the Montrose County Commission will lay out their cases Tuesday to District Judge Jeff Herron to determine whether a new, 50-year lease of the hospital is ...

Udalls promote fed renewable-energy code

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his New Mexico cousin, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, are trying once again to get Congress to pass a national renewable-energy standard similar to one in Colorado and other states. The two Democrats want power utilities in the ...


Fires too frequent in Clifton ditch area

By Paul Shockley

Fires in a Clifton drainage ditch became so common that the Clifton Fire Protection District wrote specific operational protocol on how to deal with them. The Lewis Wash, which snakes along 31 Road north of E 1/2 Road, was burning again ...

Bank ready to repeat aid program

By Dennis Webb

A Western Slope bank that received widespread attention in 1995 for helping federal employees hit then by a government shutdown stood ready Friday to do it again if the 2011 budget standoff wasn’t resolved. Alpine Bank made plans this ...

Montrose agrees to expanded fest

By William Woody

MONTROSE — City of Montrose officials agreed this week to extend the number of Main Street blocks it closes for Main in Motion, a popular weekly summer festival in the heart of downtown. Main in Motion enters its 10th year with ...

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