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Candidates slam gas drilling rules

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Regulations on Colorado’s natural gas industry took a beating Thursday from three candidates for the state House. The three Republican candidates for House District 54 said the regulations have played a role in the economic problems ...

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Historic train depot added to state endangered list

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The historic Grand Junction Train Depot was built 104 years ago at 119 Pitkin Ave. Thursday, it was added to the list of Colorado’s most endangered places. Appearing on the list will not protect a building or site from being ...


Couple able to adopt quickly in wake of ruinous earthquake

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At the outset of 2010, Greg and Jessica Stephens thought the Haitian orphan they were adopting wouldn’t call Grand Junction home for at least another year. Then came Jan. 12 and the earthquake that devastated Haiti, particularly its ...

Bill retains high late fees for vehicles

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — New late fees for vehicle registration that upset motorists last year won’t go away under a bill approved by a House committee Thursday. But county clerks would have a clearer set of guidelines on when they can be ...

Not guilty plea in beating death near bar

By Paul Shockley

In a move that appeared to surprise attorneys on both sides, a 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday in the beating death of another man near a downtown Grand Junction bar in November. Sahr Benjamin Mbawa is scheduled for trial over ...

Hearing delayed for U.K. man charged in wife’s murder

By Paul Shockley

Despite assurances from a Colorado prosecutor that the death penalty isn’t an option, a judge in England on Thursday said he wanted more information on the subject before ruling on the extradition of a man accused of murdering his wife ...

Woman testifies in sexual assault trial of former church, school official

By Amy Hamilton

A 20-year-old woman who said she had a long-term sexual relationship as a minor with a former teacher and school board member testified Thursday that she didn’t know the contact was wrong. The woman gave detailed accounts of being ...

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Police: Man tried to bribe worker during urinalysis

By Paul Shockley

A parolee who said he had a medical marijuana card allegedly offered cash bribes to a state worker after the parolee was caught trying to beat a drug test with a hidden device strapped to his waist. Chad M. Thomas, 34, of Palisade, was ...

Local Tea Party folks keep eye on national convention from afar

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A year into the national tea party experiment, Grand Valley tea partiers are more focused on state and local matters, even as the national movement gathers today in Nashville for its convention. It’s no small difference that while ...


College eyes new construction

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A new residence hall could open on the Mesa State College campus in time for fall 2011. The college’s board of trustees discussed the possibility last week during a meeting in Denver. Although no contracts or timelines were set, the ...

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