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Partisan battles delay talks on next year’s state budget

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—Considering that House Republicans have killed just about every controversial Democratic bill that has come before the 2011 legislative session, and Democrats in the Senate have responded in kind, it comes as no surprise to most ...

Bill targets oil, gas industry emissions

By Dennis Webb

An air quality advocate is praising a bill by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., that would eliminate what the congressman says are two oil and gas industry exemptions to the Clean Air Act. But an industry representative says Polis is trying to ...

Man accused in hit-and-run, cover-up; 1 person hurt

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A Grand Junction man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion that he crashed his vehicle into a parked car and injured a passenger in his vehicle, then drove from the scene and tried to cover up the accident by reporting his car ...

Law would overturn life sentences for 48 juveniles convicted of murder

By Charles Ashby

Three state lawmakers are hoping to overturn the life sentences of 48 juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of murder. The bill, which is to be heard in a House committee this week, would allow those juveniles, who are now adults, ...

De Beque group cancels Wild Horse Days

By Paul Shockley

A rite of summer passage in De Beque for the past 11 years will ride into the sunset. Organizers of the annual Wild Horse Days in August have canceled the festival for this year because of a volunteer shortage and an apparent waning of ...

Fruita to show plan for cyclists, pedestrians

By Staff

The city of Fruita will reveal a list of suggested improvements to its bicycle and pedestrian system during an open house this week. City officials are studying the need and locations for pedestrian walkways, crosswalks, trails, transit stops ...

Utah oil shale could produce petroleum by end of decade

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Petroleum could begin flowing from oil shale in Utah as early as 2019, according to the Estonian company that purchased the only federal oil shale lease in the state. The company plans to produce “high-quality synthetic oil, which would ...

Vehicle titling system remains out of service

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The Colorado Department of Revenue announced Sunday the troubled computer system that handles vehicle registrations and titles will remain out of service for another week. Officials worked last week to restore the Colorado State Titling and ...

Legislature This Week, March 28, 2011

By Staff

Tuesday: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would allow juveniles who were tried for murder as adults and received life sentences to be eligible for parole after 40 years. Wednesday: The House Agriculture, Livestock & ...

Tired of it, county will clean up man’s land

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A 15-year battle between Mesa County and a property owner who piled up thousands of old tires northeast of De Beque has ended, and now county officials are preparing for the significant task of hauling away the tires. Commissioners are ...

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