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Old school, but not the good way

By Katie Langford

Teachers and staff at Orchard Mesa Middle School are dealing with safety risks and structural problems as best they can, but at some point, it may be time for the community to step in. Principal Cheri Vana said there are more than 25 ...

GJ police prep for post-Bowl rowdiness

By Paul Shockley

The Grand Junction Police Department is among several Colorado agencies preparing for possible extra-rowdy revelers if the Denver Broncos win Sunday’s Super Bowl. “In addition to the patrol teams that are regularly scheduled, ...

Man crushed while working on vehicle

By Amy Hamilton

A man in his 60s died Friday in the Reeder Mesa area after being crushed by a vehicle he was working on, according to scanner traffic on Friday. Firefighters with the Lands End Fire Department and deputies with the Mesa County ...


Man jailed in $1 million meth bust near Mack

By Paul Shockley

A California man was ordered jailed Thursday in lieu of $250,000 cash bond after nearly 33 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $1 million, was discovered in his vehicle after a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 70 near ...


Panel OKs bill allowing hunters to dress in pink

By Charles Ashby

Hunters, don’t be surprised to see a lot more pink during next year’s hunting season, thanks to a bill that cleared a Senate committee Thursday. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and Rep. Yeulin Willett, ...

Fake cop stops teen on I-70B

By Paul Shockley

A 17-year-old girl said a suspected police impersonator, driving a small passenger car equipped with red and blue flashing emergency lights, pulled her over and made demands before driving away just after midnight Wednesday near 31 1/2 Road ...

Proposal would make it harder to alter Constitution

By Charles Ashby

A bipartisan group that is looking for ways to change the state’s fiscal policies has filed proposed ballot measures designed to make it harder to alter the state’s Constitution. Two former state senators, Republican Greg Brophy ...

Forests to be treated for spruce beetle

By Gary Harmon

Foresters will treat as many as 120,000 acres of lands on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests to limit the effects of the spruce beetle and aspen decline. The spruce beetle and aspen decline have ravaged about 30 percent ...


Floating in space 24/7

By Katie Langford

Astronaut and International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly spoke to 800 students from across the Western Slope on Thursday through a live video call to the space station. Floating in midair, Kelly talked to students about what ...

St. Mary’s, Anthem bridge impasse

By Gary Harmon

Nearly 9,000 Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in western Colorado were unaffected by a dispute between the insurer and St. Mary’s Hospital, despite talk of renegotiations, both sides said. “We continue to operate under ...

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