Comforting military presents

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Sgt. First Class Jason West of Grand Junction loads a box of food into the back of a pickup as part of a coordinated effort between the local unit of the Colorado National Guard and the Salvation Army to provide a decent Christmas to needy families.


Salvation Army, National Guard join forces for Christmas cheer

At first glance, a maintenance garage doesn’t seem like the most festive place to host Santa’s workshop.
On one side, boxes stuffed with toys sit waiting for families underneath lifts beefy enough to hoist mammoth engines. Rolling tool boxes have been stashed to the side to make room, and the slight whiff of motor oil lingers in the air among carefully selected boxes of food, stacked high on pallets and wound tight with plastic wrap.

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Two local men were among 20 people nationwide who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. David Neil Mercer of Grand Junction and Albert Byron Stork of Delta were among the dozen people to have their sentences, for a variety of crimes, pardoned.




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