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Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

Coronavirus measures, teaching on race motivate national groups, wealthy individuals and both Republican and Democratic parties to get involved in local races across the state

Education

The affordable housing crisis on Colorado’s Western Slope is showing no sign of easing

The housing gap is wide in Mesa County, which is short 3,736 rental units affordable for people making less than $25,000 per year.

Housing

U.S. Senate approves Tracy Stone-Manning to lead Bureau of Land Management over GOP opposition

Colorado's Democratic U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper voted in favor of Stone-Manning's nomination

Politics and Government

An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

Federal infrastructure investment floats hope for an intermodal train terminal in Grand Junction, which would support Western Slope businesses that rely on shipping containers from overseas while reducing truck traffic on I-70.

Transportation

Opinion: Close freestanding emergency rooms

Replace them with primary-care clinics, and save billions

Opinion Columns

Five Western Slope startups collect more than $3 million in pitch contest

Durango’s Agile Space Industries, Telluride’s Western Rise, Gunnison’s SheFly, Konbit and Fruita’s Sky Peak Technologies win the second annual Greater Colorado Pitch Series

Business

“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

Haaland said one of her first goals was to consider the well-being of the agency as she thinks about the future of its headquarters

Politics and Government

Drought forces Grand Junction to dip into Colorado River for drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years

Ute Water's 90,000 Western Slope customers will have river water added to flows from Grand Mesa as a hedge against heat and drought drying up reservoirs

Water

Colorado ranchers are selling off cattle to survive another year of dried-up grass and parched soil

The land is so thirsty, water is soaked up before it can reach reservoirs, crops

Climate

JUCO World Series is back in its panoramic Grand Junction home

The NJCAA’s Division I Junior College Baseball World Series is on after being canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Coloradans

Cases of coronavirus variant from India nearly tripled in less than a week in Mesa County

The county is the only one in the state with reported cases of the variant from India.

Coronavirus

“The reading man” of Grand Junction was killed by a stranger. His friends in downtown aren’t done telling his story.

Warren Barnes read near a bridal shop almost every day. The man accused of murdering him told cops he thought no one would notice he was gone.

Crime and Courts

How fake blue pills killed people on the Western Slope and led to Colorado’s first counterfeit opioid death conviction

For the first time in Colorado, a drug dealer has been convicted of causing a person’s death from fentanyl pills disguised to look like prescription painkillers. The trial centered on one victim, but there were others.

Crime and Courts

Interior nominee Deb Haaland in the sights of lobbying campaign to keep BLM headquarters in Colorado

Deb Haaland, who is awaiting Senate confirmation to become Interior secretary, has criticized the decision by the Donald Trump administration to move the public lands agency headquarters to Grand Junction.

Politics and Government

Grand Junction fights to keep Bureau of Land Management headquarters with its future under Biden unclear

President Donald Trump moved the public lands agency to Colorado from Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden administrations may move it back.

Politics and Government

Mesa County clerk posts voter-fraud claims but cites no evidence

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters tweeted in response to a Republican U.S. senator who denounced his colleagues for their plan to challenge the Electoral College certification Wednesday.

Politics and Government

It’s not clear when Hanging Lake will reopen after the Grizzly Creek fire

Hanging Lake, which is designated as a National Natural Landmark, is located about 1,000 feet up a side canyon of Glenwood Canyon

Wildfire

Grand Junction keeps its grave for radioactive, Cold War dirt thanks to new coronavirus-aid package

Trump’s signature means a disposal site can remain open for another decade, averting millions of dollars in added expenses

Environment

Mesa County goes from being a coronavirus success story to a cautionary tale

It took Mesa County the first four months of the pandemic to record its first 100 cases. It's had thousands more in the past few weeks.

Coronavirus

Testing alone won’t be enough to stem Colorado’s surge of coronavirus cases

Health officials warn that the tried and true advice of tests -- plus “austere behavior” -- offers the best chance to control the virus

Coronavirus
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