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Holding court: Renaissance Festival

By Amy Hamilton

Queen Zephyrine took nary a step without her dutiful court tending to her every need Sunday. Zephyrine, whose mundane name is Rutheyi Thompson, was quite the beauteous queen with her doting court always one step behind her, shading her ...

This Week in the Legislature for 5-2-16

By Staff

This is the last full week of the 2016 session of the Colorado Legislature. As a result, bills will move from committee to committee, legislative chamber to legislative chamber, sometimes all on the same day. Among the issues that are still ...

Drainage district vote on Tuesday

By Gary Harmon

About 10,000 voters in the western end of the Grand Valley Drainage District on Tuesday will have the first chance to weigh in on the district’s $3 per month stormwater fee. The two candidates for the open seat on the drainage board ...

Regional Center bill to be heard this week

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Area residents will have one more chance to weigh in on the immediate future of the Grand Junction Regional Center this week. That’s because the House Appropriations Committee is to take testimony on SB178, a measure that ...

Attorney: ‘Intent’ key 
to Pitton keeping seat

By Katie Langford

School District 51 board members are looking to Colorado case law from 2001 and 1980 in deciding whether to declare a vacancy for the District B school board seat, due to Paul Pitton’s status of living outside the district he was elected ...


New role for Ol’ King Coal

By Dennis Webb

At a time when it has seemed like all news has been bad news for the North Fork Valley coal industry and its supporters, a new report provides some hope, if not for the future of mining then at least for putting a mining byproduct to use. A ...


Yes We Can: One house at a time

By Katie Langford

Of the dozens of community members who showed up to build houses on Saturday for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week celebration, Betsy Bair’s family made up a good portion of those present. Bair, the Grand Junction ...


Oxbow shifts to permanent shutdown of Elk Creek Mine

By Dennis Webb

Oxbow Mining has begun taking the steps to permanently close its Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, which up until late last year it had continued to hope to someday reopen. “Our mine is sealed and we are demolishing coal handling ...

Traffic Alert, May 1, 2016

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ North Avenue Complete Streets Project — 12th Street to 23rd Street: Project requires lane closures ...

Methane capture can be a complicated issue for utilities

By Dennis Webb

For utilities, buying methane-powered electricity isn’t a simple matter. Jim Heneghan, with the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, said the utility couldn’t directly tap into the existing Oxbow project itself because of other ...

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