• Briefs: Dec. 19, 2014

    City, county offices to close for holidays ■ City of Grand Junction offices will be closed Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day and Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s...

  • Collbran school gets grant for big tech upgrade

    Taking online classes, creating websites and viewing digital simulations of science experiments on a laptop screen are all activities Collbran students have become accustomed to since...

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    Gardner pays visit to Grand Junction

    Congress made it clear that states should take the lead role on protecting the sage grouse in the western United States, Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said Thursday. Interior Secretary...

  • Agriculture a major priority in water talks

    Protecting Western Slope agriculture appears to be one area of agreement as the region looks for ways of speaking with one voice on Colorado water issues. That was one takeaway from what...

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    Shooting complex a step closer to reality because of state grant

    A hefty state grant has Palisade town officials poised to purchase land for a sports shooting complex at the former Cameo power plant, with hopes of boosting the local economy. The town...

  • Border states sue Colorado over legal pot

    The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s recreational marijuana law. The two attorneys general, Jon...

  • Blotter: Dec. 19, 2014

    Child abuse alleged Deputies investigated a report Wednesday that a mother blew marijuana smoke into the face of her 9-month-old son, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office....


  • Franciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis

    ROME (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, the head of the order said.

  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 million for oil spill

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.

  • UN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country.

  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state

    MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.

  • NY police officer suspended after videotaped punch

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended.

  • Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered home confinement and GPS monitoring for two former officials with a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 others across the country.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

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  • Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others.

  • Obama signs massive defense spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

  • Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."

  • Obama signs bill deepening US-Israeli cooperation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a bill deepening U.S.-Israeli cooperation and says the legislation reinforces "critical defense and security programs."

  • Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.

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