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Deputy cited on suspicion of drunken driving

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy remains on “restricted duty” in the wake of his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in March. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Scott Smith is one of three ...

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Family protests plea deal in death of Montrose infant

By Paul Shockley

Despite protests from the victim’s family, Montrose prosecutors on Monday entered into a plea agreement that calls for a 20-year prison sentence for a man accused of killing an infant girl. Daniel Lee Ryan, 23, of Montrose, pleaded ...

State oil, gas chief to testify before U.S. Senate about drilling

By Staff

The chief regulator of the gas-drilling industry in Colorado will testify this morning before a U.S. Senate committee. David Neslin, executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, is one of six people scheduled to ...

State Senate completes work on budget bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Senate gave final approval to the state’s $18 billion budget Monday, sending it on to the House. Though Democratic senators who hold a majority did make some minor changes to the bill, they lived up to a ...

Bill tightens rules on medical pot dispensaries still allowed

By Staff

DENVER — Although Mesa County and Grand Junction have banned dispensaries, a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Monday would still affect the medical marijuana industry in the Grand Valley. Under that measure, ...

Rifle officer cleared in shooting

By Dennis Webb

An investigation has cleared a Rifle police officer of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of Phillip Amonette last fall. The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office has concluded that no criminal charges “can be filed or ...

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Get it again for 2 bucks: Eatery rolls back prices

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

In 1986, customers dressed in denim miniskirts and rainbow leggings could get a burger and fries at Boots and Andy’s for $2. Lois McGary was the manager of the new restaurant, known for serving the best biscuits with homemade country ...

Bill allowing stores to sell full-strength beer goes flat

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — With only a handful of lawmakers in support of it, a bill that would have allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer fizzled in the Colorado House on Monday. After nearly three hours of debate on the ...

Congressional report may overstate use of diesel fuel in well fracturing, official says

By Dennis Webb

Results so far in an investigation into the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing in Colorado oil and gas wells indicate it may have been employed less than indicated in a recent congressional report. David Neslin, director of the ...

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Valley transit operators may boost bus fares

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Grand Valley Transit operators are considering hiking bus fares for the first time in seven years, saying the additional revenue is needed to keep up with inflation and avoid cuts in service. The Grand Valley Regional Transportation ...

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