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Groups: BLM ignores drilling’s effect on climate

By Dennis Webb

Conservation and citizen groups are legally challenging a new local federal land management plan over its potential climate-change and other environmental impacts resulting from oil and gas development. The complaint filed in federal court ...


‘All lives matter,’ repeats Glenn, Senate candidate at convention

By Charles Ashby

Darryl Glenn, Colorado’s GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, gave a reprise of his “All Lives Matter” speech at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on Monday. Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner and retired Air ...

Drone hampers Meeker firefighters

By Staff

The Blair Fire burning west of Meeker didn’t get any larger Monday, but a drone being operated by a private citizen spurred aerial firefighters to end their activities sooner than they might have. “If we see an unmanned aircraft ...


Locals land seats as GOP alternates

By Gary Harmon

Two Mesa County Republicans are bound for Cleveland, neither a fan of presumptive nominee Donald J. Trump, but each also committed opponents of the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. Bradley Barker and Laureen Gutierrez ...


Two bodies found in river

By Rachel Sauer

The bodies of two men were discovered in the Colorado River on Sunday morning, one near the Blue Heron boat ramp and one near the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant. As of Sunday night, neither of the men had been identified. Investigators ...


Vineyard protected by land trust

By Amy Hamilton

You can be sure the vineyard views that take your breath away driving west out of De Beque Canyon into the Grand Valley will never turn into a housing development or a strip mall. A recent agreement to conserve the 52-acre Christianson ...

How to plan for your pets before disasters

By Rachel Sauer

The still-burning Blair Fire west of Meeker is a vivid reminder that if there’s such a thing as “wildfire season,” western Colorado is in the thick of it. And because wildfires can spark in an instant — the Blair Fire ...

Old Spanish Trail conference planned July 29-30

By Rachel Sauer

A trail that runs seven miles from Orchard Mesa to Whitewater overlooks the Gunnison River bluffs, and its origin is historic. About 240 years ago, Catholic priests Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante traversed ...


Livestock auction bittersweet for kids

By Gabrielle Porter

The Mesa County Fair’s livestock auction can sneak up on kids. Participants — 4-H kids who spend months raising, walking, feeding and training their steers, hogs, lambs, goats, rabbits and turkeys — know their animals are ...

Meeker fire grows to 1,074 acres

By Staff

Firefighters attacked the southeast and eastern sides of the Blair Fire near Meeker, which by Saturday morning had grown to 1,074 acres, according to a release from the Bureau of Land Management. Hand crews, hotshot crews, a wild land fuels ...

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