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Botched flight way more than his passenger ‘bargained for’

By Gary Harmon

A San Diego restaurateur “got more than (he) bargained for” as a passenger on an ill-fated flight out of Grand Junction Regional Airport on May 28. “Gonna be an amazing once in a lifetime trip,” Raymond Meze Davoudi ...


Water let go from Ruedi to help fish

By Gary Harmon

Water owned by the Ute Water Conservancy District has begun flowing from Ruedi Reservoir toward the Grand Valley to benefit the endangered fish of the upper Colorado River. The Colorado Water Conservation Board leased the water to Ute under ...

Garfield County hits drilling milestone

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Garfield County has hit another milestone in oil and gas production, with its tally of active wells now topping 11,000, more than one-fifth of the statewide total. At current drilling rates, though, it could take several years ...


Slaying suspect’s blackout claim attacked

By Paul Shockley

Highlighting early statements to police, a Mesa County prosecutor on Thursday attacked claims by accused killer Lee McDonald about having little to no memory about a brutal slaying last summer on Orchard Mesa. On cross-examination Thursday, ...


De Beque school eyed for upgrade

By Staff

A group in De Beque is hoping taxpayers will say “yes” to a proposed bond issue to consolidate its school buildings. Citing safety issues, a group called “YES for Dragons” — named after the school mascot — ...


Film tells miracle of 1986

By Amy Hamilton

It’s a miracle that Sabrina Atwood has five siblings today instead of one. Back in 1986, a madman armed with a twitchy and powerful bomb and a cache of weapons demanded a $300 million ransom and threatened to blow up an elementary ...


Man, 20, falls from truck, dies

By Amy Hamilton

Two friends were stunned and tearful Thursday morning when their friend, 20-year-old Troy Ronco, died after he fell out of the truck they were traveling in on their way to gather firewood on Glade Park. Ronco was trying to retrieve a pair of ...


Hagaman, leader in war and life, dies

By Gary Harmon

A funeral for U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Harry Hagaman, a Vietnam aviator, holder of a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, former Marine Corps director of intelligence, and a veteran with a knack for persuasion, is ...


Suspect says he can’t recall 30 stab wounds

By Paul Shockley

Facing the possibility of life in prison without parole, Lee McDonald testified Wednesday he doesn’t remember inflicting 30 of 31 stab wounds on a man he called his “close friend,” leaving a bloody trail over several blocks ...


Animal shelter crumbling

By Mike Wiggins

For Penny McCarty, figuring out when the next crack is going to zigzag across the floor of the Mesa County Animal Services building is a matter of reading between the lines — literally and figuratively. The Animal Services director ...

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