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Traffic Alert, Dec. 4, 2016

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ Las Colonias Amphitheater Project: Eastbound Riverside Parkway will be closed from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. ...


Airport projects on horizon

By Gary Harmon

Grand Junction Regional Airport officials are planning a series of small projects totaling tens of millions of dollars as they prepare for the major project of adding a new main runway in a few years, then maybe a new terminal. Airport ...


Multimedia exhibit gives voice to the homeless

By Rachel Sauer

Each person was asked the same three questions: 1. What led you to homelessness? 2. What is it like to live in a shelter? 3. How do you feel people perceive you? For Chris Garcia, 58 at the time he was asked, it started, he said, with a ...


BLM looking for bike trail vandals

By Rachel Sauer

The Bureau of Land Management is aggressively looking for the person or persons who vandalized a portion of a popular mountain biking trail in early November, destroying maintenance work that had been in place for barely two hours. On the ...


Judge rejects request for special counsel in GarCo expense case

By Dennis Webb

A judge has denied a request to have a special prosecutor assigned to consider whether Garfield County Commissioner John Martin may have broken any laws in connection with claims for travel expense reimbursements. Ninth Judicial District ...

911 calls cost more; hike in tax might help

By Amy Hamilton

A countywide sales tax increase or a mill levy increase is being considered, specifically to keep pace with the future needs of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. Costs continue to rise for the emergency dispatch center ...

Mancos may have higher gas estimate

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — The U.S. Geological Survey could revisit its local Mancos shale gas estimate based on industry drilling results in coming years, according to a geologist for the agency who says such estimates tend to be conservative. A ...

Jones witness punished for outburst

By Gary Harmon

A witness in the second murder trial of Lester Jones must perform 24 hours of community service after she called Jones a “piece of crap killer” while leaving the courtroom. Carol Linderholm, a friend of Paige Birgfeld, the woman ...

Court filings:
 Drainage fee is actually a tax

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Valley Drainage District, unable to persuade voters to approve a tax, simply began charging customers this year for work it should do with tax money, Mesa County and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce said in court ...

Pending county budget may dip into reserves

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday will consider a 2017 budget that could dig about $2.5 million into cash reserves while boosting spending for law enforcement. The $58 million spending plan will take the county’s fund balance — ...

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