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Massive show of support for fallen deputy

By Mike Wiggins

With 30 years in law enforcement — the last 16 at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office — Sgt. Henry Stoffel knows just how thick the thin blue line grows when an officer is killed in the line of duty. But the support that has ...


Mom gets 8 years in daughter’s death

By Dennis Webb

A Parachute woman Friday received an eight-year prison sentence in connection with the murder of her infant daughter last year, after telling a judge she will be “living in hell forever” due to her remorse for her actions. Phyllis ...

New roads tax may go before voters in Nov.

By Gary Harmon

Colorado voters could be asked in November to allow the state to boost the state sales tax to raise $600 million for streets and highways, as well as to allow the state to continue an existing bond program. The Colorado Contractors ...

Local lawmakers see measures clear House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Dan Thurlow saw three of his bills clear the Colorado House last week and head to the Senate. The measures are simple bills, but all designed to reduce government regulation or streamline regulatory requirements, something ...


Case of vandalism still open

By Gary Harmon

The case against the itinerant artist suspected of leaving her “Creepytings” mark in several Western national parks and at Colorado National Monument remains open and unresolved, authorities said. Casey Nocket told National Park ...

Pro bike race canceled this year

By Amy Hamilton

Officials have put the brakes on a professional cycling race that may have started with an opening stage in Grand Junction this summer. USA Pro Challenge Chief Executive Officer Shawn Hunter said in a statement distributed Friday that ...


What’s cooking at Fruita High

By Katie Langford

Students at Fruita Monument and Palisade high schools who love the food service and hospitality industries are receiving a much needed funding boost for technology, competitions, professional experience and college credit. ProStart is a high ...


Fallen hero: Deputy Derek Geer

By Amy Hamilton

In an abundance of ways, Grand Valley residents paid their respects Thursday to fallen Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer, after the 40-year-old was taken off life support late Wednesday night. Geer was shot late Monday morning, ...

One organ donor can save up to 8 lives, help 50 people

By Katie Langford

It’s a small red heart in the corner of a driver’s license. It’s one more box to check on a stack of papers at the Department of Motor Vehicles. For many, thinking about organ donation is a passing thought. But for ...

3 fledgling firms given Jump-start approval

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Palisade inventor and wannabe entrepreneur may have just solved the plastic bottle pollution problem. Tim Huff, who describes himself as the owner/janitor of a new startup company called Colorado Clear, is hoping to open a ...

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