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By Charles Ashby

The last time Colorado voters approved new taxes on tobacco products more than a decade ago, sales for cigarettes declined by more than 100 million packs a year. So when cigarette sales increased last year by about 1.1 million packs, numerous ...

Traffic Alert, Oct. 23, 2016

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ B 1/2 Road Overpass Project at U.S. Highwy 50 ­— Orchard Mesa: During first phase of ...

Prop 106: Dying patients deserve another option, proponents say

By Charles Ashby

Facts fight fear, or so say the folks backing a new law that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives. Those people, Yes on Colorado End-of-life Options, say there is much misunderstanding about what the proposed new law ...


Trial put on hold for mental evaluation

By Gabrielle Porter

A trial that was set for next week for a Grand Junction man accused of photographing nude underage girls for paid-subscription websites is on hold, after his attorneys asked for an evaluation of his mental competency, according to the Mesa ...

Amendments T and U: Legislature seeks to clean up outdated provisions

By Charles Ashby

During this year’s session of the Colorado Legislature, lawmakers placed two referred measures on the ballot to remove some language from the Colorado Constitution and alter other wording in that document. Even though state law has long ...


Clifton man accused of assaulting girl, 10

By Duffy Hayes

A man with a history of child sex abuse charges, and convictions for sex crimes involving children, was before a judge again on Friday, accused of an assault on a 10-year-old girl. Shaughn O’Brien, 44, Clifton, is accused of ...


Motorcyclist dies in accident

By Erin McIntyre

Fruita police are investigating the death of a man who appears to have crashed on a motorcycle into a canal sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. Fruita Police Sgt. John Coughran said a ditch rider reported the accident around 6 a.m. ...

No littering: Fruita takes on booming feral cat population

By Erin McIntyre

Getting to the root of Fruita’s feral cat problem lies in limiting future litters of kittens, experts told attendees at a meeting Saturday. The Fruita Police Department’s animal control officer, Carrie Benham, organized the forum ...


DA seeks special prosecutor in GarCo allegations

By Dennis Webb

A local district attorney has agreed to a request by Garfield County Democratic Party officials that she seek to have a special prosecutor consider whether there was any criminal wrongdoing by County Commissioner John Martin in connection with ...

Ad attacks Schwartz 
on crime legislation
 supported by many

By Charles Ashby

A Washington, D.C.-based GOP super PAC has begun airing a new television ad attacking Gail Schwartz, the 3rd Congressional District Democratic seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. The basis of the attack, however, has ...

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