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Old school, but not the good way

By Katie Langford

Teachers and staff at Orchard Mesa Middle School are dealing with safety risks and structural problems as best they can, but at some point, it may be time for the community to step in. Principal Cheri Vana said there are more than 25 ...


Colorado seeing little of candidates in 2016 campaign

By Gary Harmon

As county caucuses approach on March 1, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is actively courting Grand Valley voters. Other candidates, on both sides of the aisle, are doing little as Coloradans prepare to attend precinct caucuses and are largely ...


Tar sands project curtailed

By Dennis Webb

A Canadian company is slowing completion of its tar sands project in Utah just across the Colorado border after continued low oil prices resulted in two project contractors closing their Utah-based operations. US Oil Sands Inc. said in a news ...


GJ police prep for post-Bowl rowdiness

By Paul Shockley

The Grand Junction Police Department is among several Colorado agencies preparing for possible extra-rowdy revelers if the Denver Broncos win Sunday’s Super Bowl. “In addition to the patrol teams that are regularly scheduled, ...


Initial nod given to off-road vehicle bill, while House considers related measure

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Friday that would allow local governments to let off-highway vehicles cross state highways that run through their boundaries. The measure, SB8, is part of a greater debate over the use ...


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Treatment reduces evaporation pond odor, planners say

By Gary Harmon

Foul odors emanating from the Deer Creek evaporation ponds appear to have been reduced, the Mesa County Planning Division said in a memo to the county commission. The commission on Monday is to be briefed on the condition of the ponds, which ...


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Community Food Bank moving

By Amy Hamilton

After months of looking for new digs, the Community Food Bank plans to move its operations starting March 1. Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides up to nine emergency food boxes a year to Mesa County residents, ...


Man crushed while working on vehicle

By Amy Hamilton

A man in his 60s died Friday in the Reeder Mesa area after being crushed by a vehicle he was working on, according to scanner traffic on Friday. Firefighters with the Lands End Fire Department and deputies with the Mesa County ...


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Man jailed in $1 million meth bust near Mack

By Paul Shockley

A California man was ordered jailed Thursday in lieu of $250,000 cash bond after nearly 33 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $1 million, was discovered in his vehicle after a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 70 near ...


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Panel OKs bill allowing hunters to dress in pink

By Charles Ashby

Hunters, don’t be surprised to see a lot more pink during next year’s hunting season, thanks to a bill that cleared a Senate committee Thursday. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and Rep. Yeulin Willett, ...


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