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Officials plan to drop level for Blue Mesa next month

By Gary Harmon

More water will flow out of Blue Mesa Reservoir in December than has been the case in the recent past, as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation lowers the water level and thus the potential of winter flooding upstream in Gunnison. The Gunnison River ...


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Fruita Chamber of Commerce selects new director

By Kathleen Goddeyne

Fruita’s third chamber of commerce director in less than a year will begin work in early December. The Fruita Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors selected Frank Ladd as the new executive director earlier this week. Ladd is ...


Three District 51 schools mark higher test scores

By Emily Shockley

The number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams at three local high schools continued to increase in 2013-14, the second consecutive year Fruita Monument, Central and Grand Junction high schools have all participated in the ...


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Local consumers put food on the back burner for early sales

By Greg Ruland

It was 6 a.m. It was dark and it was cold. Nevertheless, about two dozen people waited outside the doors to the North Avenue Kmart Thursday to take advantage of the department store’s Thanksgiving morning “doorbuster” ...


Two trials for docs accused in deaths

By Paul Shockley

A federal judge Tuesday ruled that the complexity of a case against two former western Colorado doctors will require two trials, while blaming lawyers for delays in the now three-year-old pending prosecution. An exasperated U.S. District ...


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Salvation Army diners share gratitude for simply being alive

By Greg Ruland

Larks and chickadees sang to the sun, serenading a dozen or so hungry people who gathered at Whitman Park around 10 a.m. Thursday in anticipation of free turkey dinner. The 70 or so Salvation Army volunteers scurrying around the basement of ...


Amid growth, Family Health West lays off 18

By Charles Ashby

Family Health West has reorganized some of its operations to better manage the tremendous growth it is experiencing, but it’s doing it in a way some people didn’t expect. The Fruita-based health care provider, which employs more ...


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Fruita to unwrap holiday festival for downtown

By Kathleen Goddeyne

Friday marks the beginning of one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year and Fruita businesses are hoping to lure shoppers in with the help of a special holiday event. Fruita will host its first Downtown Christmas Tree Lot on Mulberry ...


Utah hospital hotel could help GJ patients

By Emily Shockley

University of Utah Hospital expects to house an expanding number of patients from surrounding areas, including Grand Junction, in a newly opened hotel with shuttle service to the hospital. The hospital announced the opening Wednesday of its ...


Comment period extended for Glenwood bridge rebuilding

By Rachel Sauer

The comment period for the Colorado Highway 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment, which deals with the bridge over the Colorado River in central Glenwood Springs, has been extended for another 30 days. The assessment originally was ...


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