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NM wildfire crosses into Colo.; I-25 still closed

By The AP

RATON, N.M. — A wildfire that’s forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in northern New Mexico has crossed the border into Colorado. The Track Fire was burning on at least 6,000 acres today. New Mexico State Forestry ...


Legislative redistricting commission hears Mesa, GarCo concerns

By Charles Ashby

If at all possible, keep Battlement Mesa in the same district as Garfield County, make Mesa County its own senate district and keep Mesa County split into two House districts, commissioners reviewing new legislative district lines were told ...


Forest officials look to hearings as guide to roadless rule management

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State and federal officials eager for some certainty in managing roadless areas of the national forests in Colorado have an opportunity to reach the goal, the head of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests said. Comment on ...


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River retreats after damage in Garfield

By Dennis Webb

A cabin has become the latest casualty of high waters in Garfield County, even as the Colorado River has subsided somewhat after seriously damaging a popular bike path there. Wyatt Keesbery, a district foreman with the county’s Road and ...


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Protesters say 20 years in prison too lenient for death of little girl

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Family members delivered emotional testimony Monday afternoon during the sentencing of Daniel Ryan, convicted of killing 16-month-old Hailey Rocha in September. Ryan, 24, of Montrose, was sentenced to 20 years after pleading ...


Groups in new suit assail BLM over study of drilling, air quality

By Dennis Webb

A new lawsuit accuses the Bureau of Land Management of approving at least 34 oil and gas projects covering more than 1,400 wells in Garfield and Mesa counties while failing to analyze the resulting air pollution. Environmental law firm ...


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Cattlewomen honor lifelong farmer, rancher for Father’s Day

By Daniel Humphries

Dale Smith has seen a lot over nine and a half decades. He remembers where the old saddle shop used to stand on Main Street. He remembers Elmer Wright’s big barn that used to be where the bus station now is located. He remembers the ...


District 51 tallies near-record number of homeless students

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School District 51 had more kids enrolled in its homeless student program at the end of the 2010–11 school year than in all but two years since the program launched in 2002–03. On the final day of school last month, 520 students ...


Fracturing ruling forces refunds to companies

By Dennis Webb

Some Colorado counties must refund energy companies after a company last year successfully challenged sales taxes charged for hydraulic fracturing. For Garfield County alone, “It’s roughly $3.9 million that the state is going to ...


Blotter, June 14, 2011

By Staff

Robbery suspect arrested The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a suspect in last Wednesday’s robbery of a convenience store in Parachute. Jesus Gandarilla-Torres, also known as Marcelino Del La Paz, was arrested ...


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