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County seeks stipends for 
mental health legal expenses

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County officials plan to begin billing other counties for time its attorney’s office expends on mental health cases involving patients from outside counties, as total case filings have nearly tripled in the last three years. As a ...

Few residents taking advantage of same-day voter registration

By Staff

Nine Mesa County residents received ballots as of Wednesday under the state’s new same-day voter registration law, county elections officials said. Of the nine, two cast ballots immediately and seven took home mail-in ballots, Mesa ...

Father of slain woman seeks to oust judge

By Gary Harmon

The father of Paige Birgfeld, whose 2007 death remains a mystery, is running political advertisements urging Mesa County residents to consider voting out Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister. Deister’s handling of Paige ...

Fruita chamber searching for director, again

By Kathleen Goddeyne

The Fruita Chamber of Commerce will hire another new executive director, as Bobbie Orchard plans to step down from the position next week. Orchard, who held the job for just six months, accepted a position with her former employer, Western ...

CMU dinner to honor faculty member, alumni

By Staff

Colorado Mesa University will recognize two alumni, a faculty member, a sports booster and the 1986 Mesa College women’s volleyball team Friday at the annual Victory Dinner during homecoming week. The university will honor two former ...


Woman arrested, 
three men sought
 in motel robbery

By Mike Wiggins

A Grand Junction woman has been arrested and police are looking for three other people after they allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint as part of a prostitution scam at a local motel. Police were able to quickly identify Kaylee Anne Knosala, ...


United front on Roan

By Dennis Webb

Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and both of Colorado’s U.S. senators on Wednesday called in a joint letter for federal approval of a proposed settlement to the Roan Plateau drilling dispute, in the latest indication of ...

Tapia wants more debate time with opponent, Tipton

By Gary Harmon

The contest for the 3rd Congressional District has been quiet — too quiet to suit the challenger, according to former state Sen. Abel Tapia. The Pueblo Democrat is hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton “wants ...


Mesa County jobless rate hits 6-year low

By Greg Ruland

The Mesa County jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent in September — its lowest level in nearly six years — as more county residents became employed and the local labor force grew, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment ...

Teacher cleared of wrongdoing

By Emily Shockley

A Fruita 8/9 social studies teacher suspected of hitting a student earlier this year is back in the classroom and will not face criminal charges, according to the Fruita prosecutor who dismissed the case Monday. Social studies teacher Jerry ...

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