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    Updated Avalon blends history with the modern age

    Irene Perry Ray took a step back into the past — and into the future — when she crossed the threshold into the new Avalon Theatre on Wednesday. Ray, 84, went on her first...

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    Orchard Mesa fire station advances

    Grand Junction City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to set in motion an effort to annex 4.8 acres of land in the 2800 block of B 1/2 Road by the end of the year. Simultaneously, the...

  • Renovation renews hope of raising Avalon’s profile

    When George Thorogood and the Destroyers blast out “Bad to the Bone” at the renovated Avalon Theatre on Oct. 1, they’ll be the first national act to look out on the...

  • Death notices, Sept. 18, 2014

    ■ William Gene Cox, 55, Grand Junction, died Sept. 16, 2014, at HopeWest Hospice. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Martin Mortuary. Mr. Cox was a construction plasterer. He...

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    City gives green light to $36 million master plan for Matchett Park

    A $36 million master plan for the development of Matchett Park won unanimous approval from Grand Junction City Council Wednesday, but city staff stressed there will be changes between now...

  • Bond set at $100,000 in drink theft

    County Court Judge Gretchen Larson on Wednesday set a bond of $100,000 cash only — a level of bond sometimes seen in sexual assault cases in Mesa County — for a man accused of...

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    Man freed ahead of third trial in sexual assault of girl

    A former Mesa resident, who had been serving what amounted to a life sentence for repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl, walked out of the Mesa County Jail on Wednesday after posting a...


  • UN chief calls for about $1 billion to fight Ebola

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the number of Ebola cases is doubling every three weeks and is calling for a 20-fold increase in aid totaling almost $1 billion to tackle the virus's worst-ever outbreak over the next six months.

  • Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country.

  • New center-left Slovenian govt voted into office

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's parliament has voted into office a new center-left government in the small eurozone nation that narrowly avoided bailout last year.

  • Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital

    TORONTO (AP) — Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.

  • Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executions before three inmates are scheduled to die this fall.

  • Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.

  • Tropical storm spares Arizona's metro areas

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tropical weather system that sent Arizona residents frantically stocking up on sandbags spared the state's metro areas of any major rainfall, and residents went about their business Thursday amid dry streets and sunny skies.

  • Maui girl dies in locked car with no door handles

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui police say a 4-year-old girl has died after she apparently accidentally locked herself inside a car with no inside door handles.

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  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

  • Deliberations begin in Rowland's conspiracy trial

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Deliberations have begun in the federal political corruption trial of former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland.

  • Senate ready to support Obama on rebel aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

  • Chris Christie growing tired of bridge inquiry

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the legislative committee investigating politically motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last year.

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