Breaking News: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Snow-rich mountains preparing for another dose

By Mike Wiggins

A pair of winter storms are moving into eastern Utah and western Colorado, and between them they’re expected to dump more than a foot of snow in the highest elevations. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for the western and southwestern mountains of Colorado, including Grand Mesa and the San Juan, West Elk and Sawatch Mountains, and winter weather advisories for the Roan Plateau, the central Colorado River Basin and the upper Gunnison Valley. The warnings ...

Colorado brings in D.J. Eliot as defensive coordinator

By The AP

BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes have brought in D.J. Eliot to serve as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The school announced his three-year deal Thursday, which is pending approval by the board of regents. Eliot steps in for Jim Leavitt after he left for a similar job at Oregon. The 40-year-old Eliot was the defensive coordinator at Kentucky for the last four seasons, helping the Wildcats to the TaxSlayer Bowl last season. The Buffaloes’ defense allowed ...

Aunt pleads guilty to fatally beating 3-year-old girl

By Gabrielle Porter

A Grand Junction woman accused in the brutal beating death of her 3-year-old niece last year pleaded guilty this morning to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Shanna Lorane Gossett, 30, was originally charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, second-degree kidnapping and false imprisonment in the death of her sister’s daughter, Bethannie Rochelle Johnson. Accompanied by Public Defender Kimberly Paz, Gossett entered the single guilty plea before Mesa ...

Colowyo Mine receives expansion approval

By Dennis Webb

The federal government has approved a plan that allows for coal mining to continue for the long term at the Colowyo Mine between Meeker and Craig. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says the U.S. Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary for land and minerals management has approved the recommendation from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to approve a mining plan for what the mine calls its Collom development. “The approved mining ...

Meetings to plan the Palisade Plunge, including one tonight, are postponed

By Staff

A pair of meetings to provide information and to answer questions about the proposed Palisade Plunge mountain bike trail has been postponed, including a meeting tonight scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Park barn in Grand Junction. A meeting scheduled to be held last night in Palisade was similarly postponed, according to officials with the town of Palisade. Future dates and times for the meetings have yet to be determined, but they will be rescheduled, officials said. Project ...

Settlement reached in Colorado police discrimination lawsuit

By The AP

FORT COLLINS — The northern Colorado city of Fort Collins has agreed to pay $425,000 to two officers who say the city police department discriminated against them based on their race and country of origin. The Coloradoan reported Wednesday that the city has also agreed to implement a series of measures to address discrimination, retaliation and policy violations uncovered through an independent investigation. Former Officer Kennyberg Araujo and current police Sgt. Francis Gonzales ...

2 people found dead in submerged car in Evergreen creek

By The AP

DENVER — Authorities say two people were found dead in a car that was submerged upside down in a creek in Evergreen. The Denver Post reports the car was found iced over with its wheels barely sticking out of Bear Creek on Wednesday. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis says it appears the vehicle had been in the creek for at least several hours before it was found. Investigators have not said how the car ended up in the creek, or released the names and ages of the victims.  ...

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