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Volunteers serve 2,700 in tradition of decades

By Duffy Hayes

The wind was starting to blow just a little colder midday Thursday, but the warm greetings and atmosphere after climbing down the narrow staircase to the lower level of the Elks Lodge was immediately palpable with each “Happy ...


Here’s Jonny!

By Jon Mitchell

DELTA — The lone blemish on a stellar high school football career by Jonny Ponce is something he still looks back on and cringes. The senior running back for Delta drew a pair of unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties during the ...

Court nixes sex offender’s ‘get a job’ appeal

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals rejected an argument from a local man who claimed a judge abused discretion by revoking probation for failure to pay costs in court-ordered treatment. Camron Ridge Mickelsen had argued that a decision by Mesa ...

More Coloradans use seat belts, but trail rest of nation

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans are using their seat belts more than ever, but they’re still under the national average, according to a survey on seat belt use released by the Colorado Department of Transportation. According to the survey, conducted every ...

Visitor bureau gets tourism grant from state

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau was one of 28 nonprofit groups in the state to share in $500,000 in matching grants from the Colorado Tourism Office on Tuesday. The grants, which are to be used for marketing efforts, mark a ...


Budding chefs savoring success

By Duffy Hayes

Aspiring chefs from the Western Colorado Community College culinary arts program carved, cut and chopped their way to a recent statewide competition victory last weekend. The team’s win in the American Culinary Federation Colorado ...

More cars are hitting wildlife on state’s roads

By Dennis Webb

Collisions between wildlife and vehicles increased in Colorado last year, a trend also seen in Mesa County, which saw the most such collisions in at least a decade. But the 82 collisions reported to law enforcement in Mesa County paled in ...


Thames guilty of killing Jacie Taylor

By Amy Hamilton

More than 20 years after the murder, Jackie Kuntz now feels some sense of closure after the person she believes is the real killer of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in the 1994 death of Jacie Taylor. Douglas Thames, 43 — who was ...


State parks free; many may have 
frosting on top

By Greg Ruland

Post-Thanksgiving travelers headed for “Fresh Air Friday” destinations on the West Slope could encounter several inches of wet snowfall, especially in the south and central mountains, where accumulations could be as high as 12 ...

CMU athletes step up, donate Thanksgiving dinners

By Charles Ashby

T he Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Colorado Mesa University is always trying to find something to do to give back to the community. Whether it’s picking up trash along Interstate 70, tying blankets for children in hospitals or ...

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