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Court rejects Clifton man’s appeal over 12–year escape sentence

By Charles Ashby

A former Clifton man who is serving a 105-year prison sentence for a string of burglaries in 2006 lost an appeal last week to dismiss a subsequent 12-year sentence for escaping from the Mesa County Jail in 2008. Shane E. Johnson, 46, tried to ...


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Participants in CROP Walk gather donations for needy

By Emily Shockley

Members of local schools and churches took a short walk for a big cause Sunday afternoon at the 27th annual Grand Valley CROP Hunger Walk at Canyon View Park. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, or CROP, walks take place in more than ...


Pot vote absent from some ballots

By Emily Shockley

A few days after some Palisade voters discovered two retail marijuana questions missing from their general election ballots, at least 10 voters just outside Palisade limits have confirmed their ballots erroneously contained those two ...


GarCo race leans heavy on drilling

By Dennis Webb

A Garfield County commissioner race is turning yet again on the issue of natural gas development. Democratic challenger Michael Sullivan says the county needs to do more to protect residents living near gas production, while incumbent ...


School district to debut new gifted concept

By Emily Shockley

A few District 51 elementary schools are set to pilot a system next fall that specializes learning for advanced students through so-called cluster grouping. The educational concept recommends placing a handful of gifted and talented students ...


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Tennessee firm wins $137,000 contract to market area to new employers

By Greg Ruland

A Nashville, Tennessee, consulting firm won a $137,000 contract from the Grand Junction City Council last week to spend the next six months devising an economic development marketing plan intended to attract new employers to Mesa County. A ...


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McLaughlin, 21, allegedly broke 3-month-old son’s arm

By Mike Wiggins

A Fruita man has been arrested after he allegedly admitted to losing his temper and breaking his 3-month-old son’s arm. Zachary Lee McLaughlin, 21, told a Mesa County sheriff’s investigator a number of different stories about how ...


Gas field meeting by task force broke law, Scott claims

By Dennis Webb

State Rep. Ray Scott says a recent tour of Garfield County oil and gas facilities by members of a new state task force violated Colorado’s open meetings law. Others are also questioning the state’s handling of the tour, which ...


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Trail named for local geology teacher opens

By Charles Ashby

Family and friends of a well-known Fruita Monument High School teacher and avid hiker gathered at a dedication ceremony Saturday to mark the completion of something they had started years ago. Now anyone who frequents McInnis Canyons National ...


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War of negative words

By Charles Ashby

The Republican candidate for Senate District 5 is promoting white supremacy. The Democratic candidate for that same Colorado legislative office wants to abort female babies. The GOP candidate, Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes, also hates Little ...


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