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Rifle to use fishing grant to improve boat ramp

By Greg Ruland

A $30,000 grant recently awarded to the city of Rifle by Colorado’s Fishing is Fun program goes into a bucket of money city and county officials have cobbled together to build a bigger, better boat ramp. For two decades, anglers gained ...

Free law clinics set for Friday

By Staff

The Colorado Judicial Branch celebrates Legal Resource Day on Friday with free law clinics presented by volunteer lawyers at two Western Slope courthouses. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice called the event “a ...

Politicians would win voter favor by nixing super PACs, says study

By Charles Ashby

Candidates would be more in tune with voters if they focused on accepting campaign money from small donor groups rather than larger ones, a Washington, D.C.-based group says. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which generally promotes ...

Inadequate planning cited in downed copter

By Dennis Webb

Inadequate preflight planning by the pilot likely caused a helicopter crash in which he and two passengers died south of Silt last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded. According to a safety board probable-cause report, ...

Questar, Piceance joint venture could grow to up to 300

By Dennis Webb

Piceance Energy and Questar Corp. have agreed to a joint venture to drill 80 natural gas wells in the Collbran area of Mesa County, in a deal that ultimately could grow to involve 300 wells. The agreement provides at least some small promise ...


Recent study finds two-thirds of Mesa County Jail inmates struggle with mental health

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County’s jail population is growing. A first-of-its kind survey done in Mesa County suggests the majority of those inmates — in numbers surprising even longtime local justice officials — are probably mentally ill, ...


Lord of the Greek dance

By Erin McIntyre

Most people call Triandafilos Patsantaras by the nickname Trian, or the name on his driver’s license, Tomy. Though he doesn’t drive anymore, he eagerly whips out the license as proof of his age to anyone who doesn’t believe ...

Temporary camping at Palisade’s park being considered

By Amy Hamilton

An idea being floated to offer some temporary camping options at Palisade’s Riverbend Park raised the hackles of several residents at a recent meeting. Palisade trustees last Tuesday were tasked with deciding whether to change the ...


County’s plan for health care under scrutiny

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County officials anticipated spending the weekend preparing a response to the recent protest of the contract award for the county’s employee health care plan. The County Commission is to decide Monday on the protest by Rocky ...


Palisade builds new bike skills park with funds from Colorado Lottery

By Erin McIntyre

With a whoop and a holler, bike riders took their turns christening the new Palisade Bike Skills Park on Saturday. Bikers showed off their style, jumping up to 10 feet into the air and doing no-handers and 360s. Everyone from demo riders to ...

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