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High-schoolers offered year of free college

By Emily Shockley

Kirby Gamble is looking forward to receiving his high school diploma at the end of his first year at Colorado Mesa University. The reason that sounds backwards but isn’t is because Gamble, 18, of Grand Junction, is one of 16 District 51 ...


Victim’s family supports suspect

By Dennis Webb

Glenwood Springs resident Audrey Lowndes was so excited after attending a Jehovah’s Witnesses service on April 14 that she and boyfriend James “McCabe” Mallin called her family in Cortez to talk about the bibles they received ...

Meadow Gold dairy pulling out of Delta

By Duffy Hayes

First it was coal. Now it’s milk. In another blow to the Delta County economy, Dean Foods, the company that operates a Meadow Gold milk processing center in the city of Delta, will phase out all production at the plant within the next ...


Mesa County’s child-welfare standing improves

By Greg Ruland

A state measure of childhood well-being known as KIDS COUNT ranked Mesa County 12th out of 25 Colorado counties that were analyzed in 2014. The county moved up two spots on the list compared to 2013 thanks to health insurance statistics, state ...

Sex-offender bill clears Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Senate gave unanimous approval to a bill Wednesday designed to crack down on sexual offenders, particularly those who would prey on children. The measure, known as Jessica’s Law, is named after 9-year-old ...

Tipton builds huge lead in fundraising

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., has a primary opponent, but he also has collected more money than all his rivals combined according to the most recent federal records. Tipton, who is seeking a third term, has $714,000 on hand for the ...

Blotter, April 24, 2014

By Staff

Drug-selling arrest at CMU Nicholas Wayne Pajor, 19, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing and intending to sell a controlled substance. According to the Grand Junction Police Department, an officer received information that ...


Partners in grime

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County planning commissioners will consider a conditional-use permit Thursday for a facility that would team with the Clifton Sanitation District for the first-of-its-kind partnership for treatment of oil and gas production water in ...

Palisade High once again ranked among nation’s best high schools

By Emily Shockley

Palisade High School ranked 35th in Colorado and 1,478th nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 ranking of the nation’s best high schools, released Tuesday. Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted stood atop ...

Vaccine bill draws GOP fire

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it’s little more than a study now, a measure initially aimed at boosting immunizations in Colorado still managed to garner much opposition from the GOP side of the aisle in the statehouse. Republicans in the ...

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