Tending to their flocks

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The Rev. Edmundo Valera, center, leads the Easter Vigil service Saturday evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Grand Junction. As the Paschal candle is lit from the fire, worshippers form a procession to the entrance of the church.


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up the largest denomination in Mesa County, but Roman Catholics still make up the state’s dominant religion, according to an analysis of 2010 Census data by the Association of Religious Data Archives.
The group puts LDS at the top of the number of local congregations by denomination, with 18 groups making up more than 10,000 adherents. Catholics come in second in the study with five congregations totaling more than 7,900 adherents.

Front Range wants dibs on river water

A coalition of Front Range water utilities is calling in a letter for assurance that a new transmountain diversion project will be a part of a state plan aimed at filling the anticipated future gap between demand and supply. That desire by the Front Range Water Council is unsettling others who question whether the Western Slope has any more water left to give.


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    A thank you to the tutors and volunteers at the Riverside Educational Center.

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    Locals enjoyed a concert version of Bizet’s “Carmen” Saturday.

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    Locals wined and dined to raise funds at Two Rivers Convention Center Saturday.


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