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Bill would expand radiation payments

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Miners and others who dug, hauled and milled uranium after 1971 would be eligible for compassionate payments for terminal illnesses under a bill introduced in Congress. The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act amendments of 2011 would expand ...

Fruita chamber grievance meeting draws quiet crowd

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A crowd of 76 Fruita Chamber of Commerce members had little to say to their board of directors when given the chance Tuesday evening. Just five audience members spoke during a meeting, which had been called to allow concerned members the ...

Hospital fight moves to courtroom

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Opposing attorneys said in court Tuesday their clients’ legal efforts were serving the best interests of Montrose in regards to a recent 50-year lease of Montrose Memorial Hospital to a private, nonprofit ...

Mesa State College’s engineering program gets $100K donation

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Mesa State College’s engineering endowment climbed closer to its goal of $750,000 in donations Tuesday with a $100,000 check from retired engineer S.J. “Arch” Archuleta of Palisade. Archuleta presented the ceremonial ...

Ex-deputy says he was fired over junk dispute; sheriff won’t comment

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy under internal investigation relating to a dispute over junk at his property is no longer employed by the agency, authorities said. Mark Lasley, the man at the center of the spat, said he was ...

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Trucking firm’s plan to develop parcel near river may go to Colorado Supreme Court

By Amy Hamilton

A yearslong battle over zoning and a company’s right to develop its land along the Colorado River has been submitted for review to the Colorado Supreme Court. Brady Trucking, 356 27 1/2 Road, has been stalled in developing nearly 13 ...

CMC sets tuition as school awaits OK of 4-year status

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Mountain College on Monday set the upper-division tuition rates it would charge if it receives accreditation to offer bachelor’s degrees. The board of trustees decided to charge $95 per credit hour for students living within ...

FEMA grant to help improve firefighting communications

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Eleven firefighting agencies across Mesa County will be able to communicate directly with one another by late summer. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $922,000 grant to Grand Junction to purchase 454 radios, which operate at ...

Fruita chamber members upset with leadership

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Several Fruita Chamber of Commerce members are calling for the ouster of some or all of the chamber’s board of directors, alleging the board is violating its bylaws, excluding them from meetings and micromanaging the ...

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Monument upgrade to park concerns McInnis

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Former Colorado Congressman Scott McInnis is concerned making Colorado National Monument a national park would mean a boost in headaches, not tourists. McInnis spoke on the issue at a Mesa County Republican Women’s luncheon Monday at ...

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