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Parcel near Collbran fetches highest per-acre price at oil and gas lease sale

By Dennis Webb

A Mesa County parcel received the highest per-acre bid Thursday in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Colorado. Axia Energy of Denver bid $1,090 per acre for 157 acres north of Collbran. The ...

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Drilling rig numbers start to climb in Piceance

By Staff

Thirty-five rigs now are operating in the Piceance Basin as Colorado is poised to issue 6,500 permits to drill this year, officials said. The 6,500 permits would be the second-most issued by the state in a year. “We continue to have a ...

Police blotter, Aug. 13, 2010

By Staff

Fruita lifts burn ban Recent rains and higher moisture content prompted the city of Fruita and the Lower Valley Fire Protection District to announce Thursday they’re rescinding a burn ban. The ban was issued July 8. The decision by ...

Garcia will take leave for campaign season

By Charles Ashby

Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia will take a leave of absence starting next month to run full time as Democrat John Hickenlooper’s lieutenant governor running mate, the college announced Wednesday. Garcia drew fire ...

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Body in river a crime scene

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A passerby Wednesday evening discovered a body in the Colorado River south of downtown Grand Junction in a scene police are calling “suspicious.” Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said the passerby spotted ...


Witness: Man meant to drive truck into crowd

By Paul Shockley

A passenger in a pickup in a suspected hit-and-run incident at a Clifton nightclub told investigators the driver intentionally steered toward a group of men at high speed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Several witnesses told Mesa ...

Primary turnout a record for Mesa County

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More than half of registered Republicans in Mesa County and just below half of the Democrats turned out to vote in Tuesday’s primary election. In all, 34,177 Republicans cast ballots in the primary, or 56.2 percent, while 16,256 ...


Fugitive told police he was looking to die

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An Arizona fugitive told an investigator he fired at Rifle police in hopes they would shoot and kill him, police say. Daniel Renwick also said the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving was owned by an accomplice who was ...

DA: More charges due in pharmacy robberies

By Paul Shockley

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge Wednesday that a man suspected in the armed robberies of two local pharmacies will face charges in a third local incident. Joel David Crawford, 54, of Grand Junction, also will be charged in a ...

Salazar vs. Tipton a rematch of 2006 battle

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The matchup between U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., and Republican challenger Scott Tipton isn’t the only rematch on the congressional card this general election. At least two other seats in the House of Representatives are the focus of ...

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