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Leak won’t delay CMU health sciences project

By Katie Langford

Colorado Mesa University’s new $15 million health sciences building is on track to be completed by July, despite unexpected roof problems that have added $110,000 to the project’s price tag. CMU’s Board of Trustees on ...


Dog dies after being shot with
 a BB gun

By Duffy Hayes

A small dog was found dead Sunday outside its Orchard Mesa home, apparently from a head wound caused by a close-range shot from a BB gun. The owner of the dog — a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Gideon — found it “covered ...


Repeat felon accused of smuggling cocaine

By Gabrielle Porter

A seven-time felon who has twice returned to the U.S. after being deported was arrested again last weekend, after Colorado State Patrol troopers found close to three pounds of cocaine in the car he was driving on Interstate 70. California ...


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Local students help send gift of light to the less fortunate

By Katie Langford

Is it possible for a group of high school students in western Colorado to impact someone living in a country 2,500 miles away? According to the eight high school students who run local nonprofit Help Light the Night, it’s more than a ...


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Johnston’s use of state seal ruled legal

By Charles Ashby

It’s illegal to use the state seal for political or commercial purposes. So while some critics have claimed that former state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, has violated the law by using it in a video announcement for his bid for ...


Gas storage field is safe, firm says

By Dennis Webb

The utility company pursuing a compressor-station upgrade near Carbondale says the underground gas storage field it would serve is in good condition. Black Hills Energy officials responded Wednesday to concerns from the Carbondale-based ...


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Neighbors don’t share loft-y goal

By Amy Hamilton

A proposal to construct a 32-unit, three-story apartment complex in downtown Grand Junction is drawing a considerable number of negative comments from neighbors in the area. The Lofts — a project proposed by developer David Weckerly, ...


Firm proposes to drill 35 wells over three years 12 miles north of Paonia

By Dennis Webb

Gunnison Energy is proposing drilling up to 35 Mancos shale wells over the next three years about 12 miles north of Paonia, and adjacent to where SG Interests wants to drill 146 wells. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service are ...


City bans burning on small parcels

By Amy Hamilton

Residents who had been fuming over Grand Junction’s residential backyard burning ordinance breathed a little easier Wednesday night. The Grand Junction City Council unanimously approved tighter controls on the burning of yard waste ...


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Excavator tears tamarisk out of ground by its roots

By Gary Harmon

First it was beetles, now tamarisk have reason to fear Stan Young and his big, yellow excavator. Young, a rancher from Mack, is working this winter on the north bank of the Colorado River downstream from the Loma boat launch, using an ...


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