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Family left homeless after fire in Pear Park

By Amy Hamilton

A family of five was displaced but escaped unharmed Thursday night after a fire that started in a shed consumed their Pear Park home. Patty O’Brien looked on in disbelief as firefighters used chain saws to tear through the roof and ...

Bill focuses on cleanup of uranium mills

By Charles Ashby

A bill that would further regulate uranium processing in the state could have little impact on a proposed Western Slope facility, the owner of that local mill said. Though the measure could affect one operating near Canon City, the planned ...

Local officials wary of impact of HIRE Act signed by Obama

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President Obama’s signing of a $38 billion jobs bill Thursday to spur hiring and help small business owners didn’t excite local officials. “I don’t think it’s going to play a very big role in business hiring ...

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Man who aids the poor loses savings to scam suspect

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Steve Bagga made a good living for a long time in the Grand Valley on seconds, as it were. He sought out the Grand Valley for a second chance when he left his native India. He built a prosperous optical business that he was set to expand in ...

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Man in serious condition after avalanche

By Paul Shockley

A thunderbird tattoo on Seth Anderson’s right arm pays tribute to the swath of open country on Grand Mesa he’d long wanted to ski, according to Anderson’s brother. It was the same area that nearly took his life ...

Both sides cheer hydraulic fracturing study

By Dennis Webb

Advocates on opposite sides of the debate over hydraulic fracturing in energy development welcomed word Thursday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it is launching a comprehensive study into the practice. The agency will ...

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Teen sent to boot camp in alleged burglary ring

By Paul Shockley

A Mack teenager described by a prosecutor as a “follower” among a group of suspected burglars will spend the next three years in a boot-camp-style youth program. Dustin Langdon, 19, was ordered Wednesday to serve three years in ...

Congressman says he’ll cast ‘aye’ vote on bill

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U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., will support a health care measure that he described as “probably the single largest deficit-reduction measure I will probably ever vote on.” The measure, to be voted on finally by the House on ...

Mesa County fiscally sound despite rough economy, officials say

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Despite plummeting sales-tax revenue, soaring foreclosures and a steady decline in building permits, Mesa County leaders insisted Thursday the county is on solid financial footing due to a healthy fund balance and plans to expedite capital ...

4-year degree program moves to full House vote

By Charles Ashby

Allowing Colorado Mountain College to offer four-year- degree programs not only would expand higher education in the state, but it also would help local economies. That, at least, was the argument that persuaded the House Education Committee ...

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