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Fines set to rise for drilling violations

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Fines appear set to increase for oil and gas companies that violate Colorado law or rules established by the state agency that oversees the industry. Under HB1356, which cleared the House Transportation & Energy Committee ...

Bill addressing
 adjunct prof pay 
proves too costly

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Adjunct teachers in the state’s community colleges aren’t being paid what they should be, a state lawmaker said Thursday. But because his bill to address the issue would have cost the state millions of dollars, the ...


Arizonans to replicate riverfront project

By Greg Ruland

Arizona dignitaries who toured the local system of parks and trails along the Colorado River on Thursday said the development of recreation areas here proves how efficient permitting, collaboration, and especially persistence can pay off for ...

Report details ‘significant’ suicide threat to Mesa County

By Mike Wiggins

Mesa County’s suicide rate has climbed to such heights that the authors of a new study consider it a “significant threat” to public health and are recommending a slew of systematic changes to reverse the trend. Those ...

Researcher tries to reboot website for drilling concerns

By Dennis Webb

An online tool that lets residents compile and compare concerns about oil and gas development impacts in Colorado and other states has gone off-line for now, but one of its developers is working to revive it. Sara Wylie, an assistant ...


Dem to seek commission seat

By Gary Harmon

A Democrat will challenge Republican Scott McInnis for the Mesa County Commission in the November election. Mark Williams, a fourth-generation Coloradan and Grand Junction attorney was appointed by the party’s vacancy committee to run ...

Bill restores some lost funding for education

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers increased the funding they’re giving to the state’s 178 school districts to make up for money cut during the recent recession, but it still wasn’t enough for other legislators. So before the Colorado ...


Tancredo makes ballot in governor’s race

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has collected enough signatures to appear on the GOP primary ballot in June. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ruled Wednesday that the former congressman from the ...


If the light’s on, you know he’s Ohm

By Duffy Hayes

One veteran’s personal project to create a technologically unique light pole that alternately shines light along the Riverfront Trail and proudly welcomes veterans back from war is now a reality. Randall Ohm, who along with some help ...


Even more ready to roll

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s Fire Department is handling more calls than last year, doing it with fewer dollars, and at a quicker clip, according to recently released 2013 statistics from the agency. The fire department is operating with a slightly ...

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