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Dems to press equal-pay bills


By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democratic lawmakers hope to bring pay equity for women and minorities to Colorado with a package of bills they plan to introduce into the Colorado Legislature this year. The measures, one of which is identical to a pay-equity ...


Scott: No to Senate, but maybe
 to guv bid


By Charles Ashby

DENVER — State Sen. Ray Scott will not throw his hat into the ring for the GOP nomination for U.S. senator this year, but the Grand Junction Republican is considering a bid for Colorado governor in two years. Scott said he briefly ...


Coalition launches opposition 
to universal health-care proposal

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bipartisan coalition of business, civic and political types launched an effort Thursday to oppose a November ballot measure that would create a universal health care system in Colorado. The group, called Coloradans for ...


Firm’s pranks: Bombs and feces

By Mike Wiggins

Over the course of several years, an Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association employee played pranks on co-workers by building and detonating bombs near them, attempting to defecate on them while they worked, and placing bags of his own ...


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Spruce not out of the woods

By Gary Harmon

Infestations that have ravaged Colorado forests for decades now are fast running out of trees for beetles to devour, an aerial survey of the national forests in Colorado suggests. The spruce-beetle infestation on Grand Mesa seems to be ...


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Three arrested in home delivery pot business

By Paul Shockley

Three people face a variety of drug-related charges following a four-month investigation into a marijuana home-delivery business, which boasted “Amendment 64 compliant” services for “donations” in an enterprise ...


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Book inspires lovers of food
 and local literati

By Greg Ruland

The co-chairwoman of the One Book, One Mesa County steering committee probably overshot the mark when she compared the author of this year’s selection, J. Ryan Stradal, to Willy the Shake, but Stradal’s coming of age novel about a ...


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Mesa grad emphasizes brotherhood in defense of Libya embassy

By Katie Langford

For military veteran and ex-security contractor Kris “Tanto” Paronto, the 13 hours he spent fighting for his country and his life in Benghazi, Libya, isn’t about politics or government investigations. It’s about ...


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Bill would honor public lands

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The nation’s public lands exist for the benefit of everyone, and it seems appropriate that the state recognize that by celebrating a special day honoring public lands. That, at least, was the message from nearly two dozen ...


Democrats try to revive law for parental time off

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee approved a bill Wednesday to bring back a 2009 law that gave parents the right to get unpaid time off from their jobs to attend school events for their children. It’s fate, however, is uncertain because ...


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