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Tipton to head subcommittee

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will lead the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. Tipton was selected to head the subcommittee because of his background as a co-founder of a family-owned small business in Cortez that has ...

State lawmaker wants ag tax exemption reinstated

By The AP

DENVER — A Republican state lawmaker is trying to restore a state income tax exemption for farmers and ranchers. Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling says agriculture needs the exemptions from sales and use taxes for the agricultural ...

Colo. joins 4 states in defending marriage law

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado has joined four other states in defending a federal law that defines marriage as being a union only between one man and one woman when it comes to getting federal benefits. The Denver Post reports that Attorney General ...

Mountain biking liability under review in Colo.

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado’s mountain bikers could see more single-track under a bill up for review in the state Legislature. A Senate committee starts work today on a bill that would waive liability for landowners who build ...

Lawmakers try to protect severance tax

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Their bills are not expected to make it very far in the Colorado Legislature, but two Western Slope lawmakers want to protect severance tax revenue from being used for anything other than their intended purpose. Revenue from ...

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Boy, 4, found; great-grandma arrested in mall parking lot

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A 72-year-old Grand Junction woman was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of kidnapping her great-grandson after investigators say she failed to turn him over to his father. Relatives of Rosa Mae Welker, however, say the woman has ...

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Church banks on building new parish center on financial site

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St. Joseph Catholic Church has purchased a sliver of land from US Bank at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and White Avenue, hoping to one day soon build a new parish center to accommodate its expanding congregation. The church bought ...

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GJHS grad honored for service as rural doctor

By Melinda Mawdsley

Family physician Ken Jackson has taken childhood lessons of kindness and respect to another level as an adult. For most of his 36 years as a doctor certified in obstetrics, Jackson has practiced medicine in some of the most rural areas of ...

Gas industry eager for market reach of new pipeline

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The expected completion of the Ruby Pipeline is just under six months off, but it can’t come too soon for energy companies in the Piceance Basin. The Ruby Pipeline, a $3 billion project, will carry natural gas from wells in the Rocky ...

Library selections to expand greatly at click of button

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If the number of materials at the disposal of Mesa County Public Library District patrons has been the equivalent of “The Great Gatsby” — plentiful but not overwhelming — then the extent of books, DVDs, government ...

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