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County voters turn out early

By Charles Ashby

With Monday marking the first day voters could cast their ballots in person, Democrats around the state have been returning more ballots than Republicans or unaffiliated voters, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Of ...


Pepper-sprayed guard slams shoplifting suspect

By Mike Wiggins

A Clifton woman was arrested after she allegedly pepper-sprayed a home improvement store loss-prevention officer who tried to stop her from shoplifting laundry detergent. Jolene Kay Madriz-Rubio, 28, is facing felony and misdemeanor charges ...


Cash pours into heated race for 3rd Congressional District

By Charles Ashby

Money has been flowing into the race for the 3rd Congressional District. While the incumbent in the race, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., has raised more money overall, his Democratic challenger, Gail Schwartz, has fast caught up. In the ...

New contractor plans to keep GVT employees

By Gary Harmon

Bus drivers, mechanics and others will remain working for Grand Valley Transit when the agency switches contractors next year, officials said. The current contract with MV Public Transportation expires at the end of the year and a new ...


Holzer not a psychopath, defense says

By Gabrielle Porter

A psychologist contracted by Austin Holzer’s attorneys told a judge Monday he doesn’t believe the now-18-year-old accused of gunning down a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy earlier this year is a psychopath. Self-employed ...

Noncitizen mistakenly receives ballot in Palisade

By Charles Ashby

Hong Deip Casabona has lived in the United States for more than four decades, but she isn’t a U.S. citizen and she has never voted in any election. So when the Palisade resident received a ballot in the mail last week, she and her ...


Truck, carrying coffee, grinds to a halt in river inside Interstate 70 median

By Charles Ashby

An 18-wheel truck carrying coffee went off Interstate 70 into a channel of the Colorado River on Sunday. It was not clear why the driver of the Swift Transportation-owned truck drove off the interstate, through guardrails and into the river, ...

Amendment 71: State Constitution harder to change under measure

By Charles Ashby

There have been several efforts over the past decade or so to find a way to make it harder to amend Colorado’s Constitution without limiting Coloradans’ ability to place measures on the ballot. Each time, however, those efforts ...


Amendment 70: Economists disagree about effect of raising minimum wage

By Charles Ashby

There is no shortage of experts who say that raising the state’s minimum wage would either be a good thing or a bad thing. While one study says the ballot measure, Amendment 70, to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by ...

2016 scholarships from Saccomanno total $725,000

By Katie Langford

One of Grand Junction’s most prolific supporters of higher education will turn 25 years old in 2017 — while also celebrating more than $14 million in scholarships awarded to students. The Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation, ...

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