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Sloppy trail conditions postpone Rumble at 18 Road till May 2-3

By Staff

Persistent rain that fell Thursday night and Friday placed a damper on some outdoor, weekend activities that have been canceled or postponed. The 14th annual Southwest Arbor Fest, sponsored by the city of Grand Junction and scheduled today at ...


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Civic leader, inventor Bill Pitts dies

By Amy Hamilton

Bill Pitts, a former Grand Junction mayor, inventor, private pilot, business developer, real estate professional and family man, died Thursday. Pitts, 81, had a medical emergency April 7, and was in HopeWest Hospice for a week before he ...


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Rio Blanco plant project to face legal challenge

By Dennis Webb

An oil and gas trade group and some northwestern Colorado governments are legally challenging the federal government’s actions in connection with an effort to help two rare plants through transplanting and reseeding. The West Slope ...


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Mesa man may avoid prison in plea deal

By Paul Shockley

For the second time in as many months, a plea agreement was formalized in a Mesa County courtroom that could resolve a seven-year-old child sex assault case against a former police officer. But it’s unclear if the latest deal will pass ...


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Study points to chemicals’ health threats

By Dennis Webb

A new study that was a focus of the last several years of a late Paonia scientist’s life raises concerns about health threats of four related chemicals that are pervasive in homes and also associated with vehicle emissions and oil and ...


House OKs bill giving contraceptive devices to state’s teenage girls

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though there’s no appropriated money for it, the Colorado House on Friday approved a bill to provide intrauterine devices to teen girls to prevent them from getting pregnant. The measure, HB1194, has been ...


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County backs easement, after deliberation

By Gary Harmon

A proposed 22-acre conservation easement has won the Mesa County Commission’s blessing, but the board said future proposals will get greater scrutiny. The commission outlined a list of concerns in an April 14 letter to Great Outdoors ...


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R-5 searching for new home

By Emily Shockley

It may not go anywhere, but the search for a new location for R-5 High School is on. District 51 Director of Academic Options Ron Roybal confirmed this week the district has looked at some potential new homes for the alternative high school. ...


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New presence on university campus

By Emily Shockley

It feels good to be a founding member of a sorority chapter. Just ask any of the 54 members of Colorado Mesa University’s first sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. The group was given a charter from the national Alpha Sigma Alpha organization ...


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Ongoing oil and gas 
task force proposed

By Dennis Webb

A former Grand Junction lawmaker who sat on the recent state oil and gas task force says he supports a proposal to create a new committee to continue working on issues that the task force couldn’t resolve. “I think it would be ...


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