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$1 million fine levied in deaths at Ouray County silver mine

By Emily Shockley

The former operators of a Ouray County silver ore mine are facing a fine of more than $1 million following the completion of a federal investigation into the death of two workers at the mine last November. The U.S. Department of Labor’s ...


Death Notices, Oct. 22, 2014

By Staff

■ Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach, 57, Loma, died Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction in Loma. Mr. Balbach was a truck driver who hauled bulls for 25 ...


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Montrose focused on Golden

By Matt Meyer

There’s a small, lingering sense of deja vu in the Montrose boys soccer team’s Class 4A playoff matchup this season. In 2013, Montrose was the No. 14 seed, in the same playoff-bracket quadrant as No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain. ...


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Central has 7 on All-SWL softball teams

By Staff

After dominating the Southwestern League on the field, Central High School reaped the rewards on the All-Southwestern League Team, which was released Tuesday. The Warriors claimed six of the 11 first-team spots, led by the league’s ...


Sports Briefs, Oct. 21, 2014

By Staff

Prep Mountain Biking Grand Valley team finishes 7th The Grand Valley Composite mountain bike team wrapped up a successful season with a seventh-place finish at the Colorado High School Cycling League championship race in Eagle last ...


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Mesa County jobless rate hits 6-year low

By Greg Ruland

The Mesa County jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent in September — its lowest level in nearly six years — as more county residents became employed and the local labor force grew, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment ...


Teacher cleared of wrongdoing

By Emily Shockley

A Fruita 8/9 social studies teacher suspected of hitting a student earlier this year is back in the classroom and will not face criminal charges, according to the Fruita prosecutor who dismissed the case Monday. Social studies teacher Jerry ...


Water official: Address 
Western Slope concerns

By Dennis Webb

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the ...


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Tipton gets earful about regulations

By Gary Harmon

An expanding web of regulations means a less certain business environment, which is holding back the nation’s economic recovery, several business representatives said Tuesday during a tour of a Grand Junction manufacturer. The gamut ...


GarCo debates 
who will inspect 
eateries, festivals


By Dennis Webb

The state is working on a contract with the Mesa County Health Department to have it do restaurant food safety licensing and inspections in western Garfield County. That’s prompting Garfield commissioners to consider having their county ...


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