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Councilors explain actions

By Amy Hamilton

In an unusual midday meeting Monday, Grand Junction’s city councilors attempted to discuss their reasoning for extending a severance package deal to former city manager Rich Englehart. The meeting was suggested by City Attorney John ...


Man gets 25 years for killing his wife

By Duffy Hayes

A Fruita man now faces a 25-year jail sentence in the fatal shooting of his wife earlier this year, after a Mesa County judge signed off on a plea deal Monday morning. Steven Spiess, 47, was sentenced to the 25-year jail sentence, plus a ...


New sidewalks part of big CMU summer overhaul

By Emily Shockley

Changes taking place over the summer on the Colorado Mesa University campus include building parallel sidewalks for cyclists and pedestrians, burying power lines, building a monument to veterans, and transforming one floor of a residence hall ...

Local officials to seek direct flights to L.A.

By Amy Hamilton

A daily direct flight from Grand Junction to Los Angeles could help boost economic development and help connect business travelers to their destinations. That’s the thinking of a group of local officials who want to apply for a $750,000 ...


Man accused of soliciting children for sex

By Staff

An Arizona man is accused of crimes including enticement of a child after deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office determined that he was propositioning children at Kimwood Park on Sunday. A 14-year-old boy told law enforcement ...

Suits filed against 2 coal firms

By Dennis Webb

Two lawsuits allege that coal companies with mines in western Colorado have caused participants in their retirement plans to lose tens of millions of dollars in funds because the companies offered their own stock as an investment option even ...


Crew saw deer before fatal 2014 copter crash

By Dennis Webb

Crew members spoke of seeing deer seconds before a helicopter struck a utility line south of Silt last year and crashed, killing the three on board. That’s according to a summary of an audio recording, one of several recently released ...

Fine triples in six months for Meeker guv candidate

By Charles Ashby

Fines against a Meeker Republican who ran for governor in 2014 have nearly tripled since the start of the year for failing to file numerous campaign finance reports. They’re reached more than $117,000. Jim Rundberg, 60, a graduate of ...

Fireworks cause of brush fire, officials say

By Rachel Sauer

Fireworks are to blame for a brush fire that burned a field on Chestnut Drive in Grand Junction on Saturday night. The fire at 2618 Chestnut Drive was reported at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, originally as a structure fire, according to the Grand ...


Taking part in a fruitful endeavor

By Rachel Sauer

The cherries were so ripe they were practically black, growing in tight clusters all the way around the branches, which were bowed with the bounty. Down the bower-like rows of trees in Rob Fenwick’s orchard, volunteers — most of ...

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