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Flight Paramedic Robert Thomason steps away from the Eurocopter AS 350 AStar CareFlight helicopter on the landing pad at St. Mary’s Hospital. The new aircraft replaces St. Mary’s twin-blade that was able to carry up to two patients. .


St. Mary’s adds safer, less costly CareFlight helicopter

St. Mary’s Hospital showed off a $2.75 million upgrade to its trio of CareFlight vehicles Thursday: A single-blade Eurocopter AS 350 AStar helicopter hospital officials say carries a single patient more safely and at less cost.
The new aircraft replaces St. Mary’s twin-blade that was able to carry up to two patients. The old bird, a Bell 412 used by St. Mary’s for 12 years, is currently flying rescue missions in Saudi Arabia, St. Mary’s President and CEO Mike McBride said.

Man killed by cops: cook and musician

Friends and co-workers of a Grand Junction man who was shot and killed by police on Monday remember him as an aspiring musician and good friend. Josh Crawford, 29, was fatally wounded by two Grand Junction police officers after law enforcement was called to remove a man from a house at 1720 Grand Ave. and found Crawford in a vehicle outside the home.


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