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Expansion of casino gambling is on ballot

By Gary Harmon

A measure that would ask voters whether to expand legalized gambling to Mesa and two other counties will appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for an expansion of casino gambling. Secretary of State Scott Gessler deemed sufficient ...


Fruita pizza bear killed

By Amy Hamilton

A black bear that was videotaped in a Fruita neighborhood eating pizza from a garbage can last week was put down Sunday night by a Fruita police officer. The male bear, which weighed 200 to 300 pounds, was spotted by police officers hopping ...

1st case of human West Nile in county

By Mike Wiggins

The Mesa County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Mesa County this year, providing a reminder for residents to protect themselves. Health Department spokeswoman Veronica Harvey said the adult ...

Another Inside Mesa County class beginning

By Staff

Citizens interested in learning about Mesa County government functions can apply now for the next session of Inside Mesa County. Inside Mesa County classes begin Sept. 25 and will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 4, ...

Body found of missing kayaker from Carbondale

By Dennis Webb

The body of a kayaker who went missing two months ago in the Crystal River south of Carbondale has been found in the river some seven miles downstream. Two swiftwater rescue experts for Crested Butte Search and Rescue found the body of Uriah ...


50 books donated to sister city

By Staff

EL ESPINO, El Salvador — It seems fitting that on the Salvadoran National Day of the Student, seven American delegates visiting Grand Junction’s sister city of El Espino would visit the local school and help inaugurate an official ...

Art of Tom Russell to be on exhibit

By Melinda Mawdsley

Artist and musician Tom Russell’s interest in art began as a young boy for very “young boy” reasons: He loved the smell of oil paint and he loved the paintings his grandmother did of champion boxer Muhammad Ali and other ...


Son eyed in death is arrested

By Paul Shockley

A man labeled a “person of interest” in the death of his mother was arrested Monday morning in Grand Junction on unrelated warrants. Daniel Stetzel, 31, was taken into custody by Grand Junction police after a 911 caller reported ...

Search for coal heats up as cold winter temps loom

By Gary Harmon

Hundreds of North Fork Valley residents could be in for cold times this winter if they can’t arrange for coal to heat their homes. Until this year, residents relied on the Elk Creek Mine to supply stoker coal for winter heating. The ...


St. Ann’s celebrates 100 years

By Greg Ruland

It was standing room only for the 200 or so parishioners, family and friends who crowded into St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Sunday to hear a special message, watch a history pageant and eat fried chicken together, all in celebration of ...

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