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GOP: Cap late fee on vehicles

By Charles Ashby

Republicans in the Colorado House are trying again to do away with a controversial late fee on vehicle registrations approved two years ago. Senate Democrats are expected to kill House Bill 1084 if it gets that far, but the GOP-controlled ...

Another Oxy fine sought; firm denies pit leaked

By Dennis Webb

State regulators are proposing to fine Oxy USA $369,600 in connection with an alleged pit leak northwest of Parachute, which would bring to more than $1 million the amount levied against the company for such violations in that area. Oxy, ...

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Handy Chapel added to endangered places list

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Many have been saved inside Handy Chapel at 200 White Ave. Now it’s the chapel’s turn for salvation. Colorado Preservation Inc. added the downtown church and five other historic sites around the state to Colorado’s Most ...

Tipton: Vote on health law may come soon

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A House vote on removing an unpopular tax-reporting provision in the year-old health care law could happen “pretty quick,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said Thursday. The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure aimed at removing ...


Court upholds conviction in Fruitvale slaying

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a new trial for a man convicted of killing another over a $600 drug debt in 2005. Christopher J. Wieberg, 26, is serving life in prison without parole for his conviction in the Oct. 25, 2005, ...

Group dropping oil, gas rules lawsuit

By Dennis Webb

A Colorado oil and gas trade group has decided not to continue a nearly 2-year-old legal fight with a new governor. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association is dropping its lawsuit challenging a rewrite of the state rules applying to the ...

City honors Bike Shop for being good partner

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The Bike Shop received the 2010 Grand Junction Parks Partner Award on Thursday during the Parks and Recreation Department’s advisory board meeting. The honor, which the department began awarding in 2008, recognizes outstanding ...

Transit fund diversion bill killed

By Charles Ashby

Broad opposition to a freshman lawmaker’s bill to divert transit money toward the state’s roads and bridges was enough to kill it Wednesday before it had its first hearing in the Colorado Legislature. Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort ...

Frigid, but not too cold for bark beetles

By Dennis Webb

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough, by chance, to kill bark beetles? Don’t count on it, says Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region. This week’s frigid spell might give ...

City to open ambulance-service bids to private sector

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members Wednesday night started crafting parameters for a bid proposal for its future ambulance service. Although the city will enter a bid to continue providing ambulance services through the Grand Junction Fire ...

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