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Authorities call halt to fireworks, open burns

By Gary Harmon

If it strikes, flicks or sparks, don’t use it. So, no matches, no lighters and especially no fireworks, not even the legal ones. OK, you can keep matches and lighters and you can still buy fireworks, but the risk of using any of them ...


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Man gets 35 years for sex crimes against kids

By Gabrielle Porter

A 37-year-old Wyoming man who offered teenage runaways money if they would pose nude for paid-subscription websites he ran was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday as part of a plea deal. Kevin Renfro, who was arrested in July 2015, ...


In D.C., officials push for pipeline

By Dennis Webb

A visit with federal officials has left an area contingent with higher hopes about the prospects for an Oregon project that could provide an overseas outlet for local natural gas. This week’s trip also enabled supporters of local ...


Utah mom 
and her child 
in I-70 wreck 
identified


By Gabrielle Porter

The 48-year-old Parachute man who police believe was driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon before colliding head-on with another vehicle remained in critical condition early Thursday evening, according to St. Mary’s ...


Authorities looking for possible arsonist

By Charles Ashby

Someone may be intentionally setting fires in Montrose and San Miguel counties, authorities in the two counties said Thursday. That’s why multiple agencies, including federal authorities, are asking for help in identifying a ...


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Court tosses conviction in molestation case

By Charles Ashby

A Grand Junction man convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting six young children, and who received a 324-year sentence as a result, could see all of the charges against him dismissed. A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ...


Arrest made in $80,000 scam case

By Amy Hamilton

An elderly Delta County woman may have some consolation after Delta County sheriff’s investigators identified a suspect who allegedly stole nearly $80,000 from the woman in a telephone lottery scam. Patricia Millidge, 66, of South ...


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Microburst blows through valley

By Charles Ashby

The thunderless thunderstorm that swept through the Grand Valley on Wednesday evening was a downburst that caused scattered damage in isolated areas of the region, the National Weather Service said. That microburst — which can be as ...


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Farmers market accepts benefit cards

By Amy Hamilton

People who receive federal food benefits may have noticed a new twist on Grand Junction’s Thursday night farmers market, the first of the season. Recipients now can use those dollars to grab up local, wholesome food at the weekly ...


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$1M bond for suspect 
in slaying 
of dad of 8

By Gabrielle Porter

Family members of a slain Fruitvale man appeared in court Wednesday and asked that his accused killer not be released on bond. Family members of 36-year-old Travis Carothers, who was gunned down in the driveway of his home at 2938 N. View ...


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