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Powderhorn Ski Resort preps for Thursday opening

By Dave Buchanan

Powderhorn Ski Resort announced Tuesday it tentatively will open for the 2010–11 ski season at 9 a.m. Thursday. “As of right now we’re prepared to open Thursday morning,” said Sarah Allen, communications director for ...

Investigator: St. Mary’s fire started intentionally

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A fire Monday night at St. Mary’s Hospital that burned a patient and a hospital employee was started intentionally, a Grand Junction Fire Department investigator said Tuesday. Investigator Joe Cordova said the fire was started with a ...

Report shows effect of recession on payrolls in county

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Mesa County payrolls took a $200 million hit in 2009 when the bottom dropped out of the Western Slope and national economies, figures from the federal government suggest. Total compensation in Mesa County dropped from $3.3 billion in 2008 to ...

Count shows 5 million live in Colorado

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Colorado grew fast compared to the rest of the nation, but not fast enough to merit another seat in Congress. Just over 5 million people called Colorado home on April 1, when the census was taken. That’s enough to account for about 7.7 ...

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Jail escapee receives 105-year sentence

By Amy Hamilton

Even without habitual felony charges, a Mesa County man convicted by a jury of 24 felony counts was sentenced by a judge Monday to 105 years in prison. Shane Johnson, 42, who previously escaped Mesa County Jail by shimmying down the ...

Western Slope awaits lift from energy rebound

By Charles Ashby

The state’s economy in general continues to show signs of rebounding, but that doesn’t mean the Western Slope will see a recovery anytime soon, legislative economists said Monday. Although Colorado has seen an uptick in retail ...

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Forecasters see more rain, maybe sun, no white Christmas

By Amy Hamilton

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on. The wet weather that has doused the Grand Valley is expected to continue through Thursday. A slight chance of snow is expected Wednesday night, but it probably won’t be enough accumulation for ...

Udall presses for eight measures affecting public lands in Colorado

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Funding for efforts to save four endangered fish in the Colorado River Basin, as well as a measure described as needed to help the struggling lumber mill in Montrose, are stuck in the Senate as the Congress speeds to a close. U.S. Sen. Mark ...

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Glow of promise from winter solstice: Sun will shine again

By Rachel Sauer

One view of it is that this giant ball of elements is going to turn regardless of our presence. It’s going to spin through space — in a steady orbit, at least — and all we can do is hold on tight. Leaning on an axis, ...

County finalizes pact with interim manager

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The Mesa County Commission on Monday finalized an agreement with former Department of Human Services Director Tom Papin to become the interim county administrator. The agreement calls for Papin, who will start Jan. 3, to receive $10,500 a ...

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