Posted inBusiness, News, Outdoors, The Outsider

Busier-than-ever year for Grand Junction chairlift maker reveals strength of nation’s resort industry

GRAND JUNCTION — The welders are happy to show their boss the final piece of what’s been a two-year project. The massive steel structure is ready for shipping to finish off the multi-year construction of one of the largest gondolas in the country, stretching between two resort villages at California’s Palisades Tahoe ski area.  “Check […]

Posted inBookstore Recommendations, SunLit

What the staff at Out West Books thinks you should be reading right now

As part of The Colorado Sun’s literature section — SunLit — we’re featuring staff picks from book stores across the state. >> Click here for more SunLit This week’s bookstore: Out West Books, 533 Main St., Grand Junction outwestbooks.co | @outwestbooks on Twitter, Instagram The Bears Ears By David RobertsW.W. Norton$27.95 Feb. 23, 2021 >> Purchase From the Publisher:  […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Telluride man accused of assaulting police during Jan. 6 riot

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A man from Colorado and another from Florida who are accused of assaulting police officers in separate incidents during the Jan. 6. riot at the U.S. Capitol were being held in federal custody Wednesday. Mason Joel Courson, 26, of Tamarac, Florida, was arrested Tuesday in Florida and appeared in […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, News

The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

An imaginary south wind has bent an iron-work tree over a curved metal chair and riffled the pages of a sheet-metal book titled, “And You Also.” That was a signature comment of Warren Barnes, a gentle, homeless 69-year-old who was a downtown fixture known as “the reading man” because he so often sat along this […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, News

Colorado has a dismal recycling rate. Could a fee on manufacturers turn things around?

In Boulder, where every resident automatically receives access to recycling and composting services, more than half of the city’s waste is diverted from landfills. But in many Colorado cities and towns, residents who want to recycle must pay extra, or make a trip to recycling centers.  The discrepancy between the relative ease of recycling in […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News, Politics and Government

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

GRAND JUNCTION — For Paul Pitton, the turning point came the night a mob of irate parents disrupted a Mesa Valley School District 51 board meeting and sent Pitton and his colleagues fleeing through a back door, under police escort.   The 42-year veteran educator later resigned from the school board, rattled by the latest […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, Equity, Health, Housing, News

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

Sheila Martinez had had enough of Utah when in 2011, she moved to Grand Junction from Provo with her boyfriend and two sons. “I needed a change, I was going nowhere,” Martinez, 46, said. “Sometimes, you just need a fresh start.” The novelty wore off soon enough. Martinez found a job at Burger King and […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

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

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided Senate late Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s choice to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, despite Republican complaints that she is an “eco-terrorist.″ Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s choice to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, was approved, 50-45, on a party-line vote. […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Newsletters, The Outsider, Transportation

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

What if something as simple as getting freight trains to stop for a moment in Grand Junction could keep businesses and jobs on the Western Slope, support Grand Valley economic-development and reduce truck traffic on Interstate 70?  “It would be huge; an absolute game-changer for the Western Slope,” if rail owners Union Pacific and Burlington […]