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St. Mary’s adds safer, less costly CareFlight helicopter

By Greg Ruland

St. Mary’s Hospital showed off a $2.75 million upgrade to its trio of CareFlight vehicles Thursday: A single-blade Eurocopter AS 350 AStar helicopter hospital officials say carries a single patient more safely and at less cost. The new ...

Canceling meetings is becoming norm for commissioners

By Emily Shockley

One or two cancellations each month of weekly administrative meetings for Mesa County commissioners have become the norm. But commissioners contend that doesn’t mean less is getting done in the county. Commissioners use their time at ...


Man killed by cops: cook
 and musician

By Amy Hamilton

Friends and co-workers of a Grand Junction man who was shot and killed by police on Monday remember him as an aspiring musician and good friend. Josh Crawford, 29, was fatally wounded by two Grand Junction police officers after law ...

Prof: Minimum coal price needed

By Gary Harmon

The Bureau of Land Management does a poor job of pricing the coal it leases to domestic producers, which often sell it in other countries at sharply inflated prices, a University of Colorado law professor said Thursday. “We’re ...

Incomes in state fall $4,000 a year since Great Recession

By Charles Ashby

Median incomes for the average Coloradan have fallen about $4,000 a year since the start of the Great Recession, a Denver advocacy group says. In a new report, State of Working Colorado 2014, the Colorado Center on Law & Policy reported ...

High-evaluation water storage could benefit Western Slope

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Gov. John Hickenlooper have cautiously discussed the idea of a high-elevation water-storage project that would benefit the Western Slope and insulate the state against a call on the Colorado River. He and ...

County crafts ‘whistle-blower’ policy

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County commissioners will consider adopting a policy in the coming weeks aimed at encouraging and protecting so-called “whistle-blowers” within the organization. The policy would aim to safeguard any county employee who ...


Cops nab
 bank heist suspect in
 Canon City

By Emily Shockley

Law enforcement officers found a 22-year-old Delta robbery suspect hiding in a trash can shortly before they arrested her late Monday night in Canon City, Olathe police said Wednesday. A warrant was issued Friday for Brittany Mason’s ...


Beloved ‘town grouch’ soon to leave Palisade, move to Front Range

By Amy Hamilton

It happens something like this each time. The elderly man with vivid blue eyes spots a woman fishing in her coin purse at the grocery store checkout line, looking overwhelmed at the sum on the cash register screen. He approaches carefully, ...


$1 million bond set in slaying

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larsen on Wednesday set a $1 million cash-only bond for a man charged in the slaying of his mother last month. The bond may be moot because Daniel Stetzel, 31, currently can’t be released from the Mesa ...

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