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Worker killed on 
rig was 
GJ man

By Dennis Webb

The man killed in an accident at a drilling rig near Parachute on Tuesday was from Grand Junction, the Garfield County Coroner’s Office reports. Shane Hill, 34, died instantaneously when a fitting blew and struck him in the head, Deputy ...


Pot backers squawk at mistakes on ballots

By Charles Ashby

The owners of the only medical marijuana shop in the Grand Valley, who hope to begin selling recreational pot, asked Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Thursday to oversee Palisade’s Nov. 4 election. Jesse and Desa Loughman, ...


Results next week for new student test scores

By Emily Shockley

Results of the newest in a series of tests to debut in recent years in Colorado classrooms are due to be released publicly at noon on Monday. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, exams test fourth- and seventh-grade students on ...


House District 55: Thurlow vs. Kennedy

By Charles Ashby

There are two candidates for House District 55, which primarily includes the city of Grand Junction. The winner would replace Rep. Ray Scott, the Republican candidate for Senate District 7. Dan Thurlow, 66, is the Republican candidate in the ...


Man charged in ATV crash

By Rachel Sauer

A Grand Junction man has been arrested on charges he killed his friend in a drunken-driving all-terrain vehicle accident in the desert north of Grand Junction last month. William Jason Baca, 48, made his first appearance in court this week ...


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King resolution 
expected soon, lawyer predicts

By Mike Wiggins

Attorneys in the felony fraud case against state Sen. Steve King told a judge Thursday they expect the case to be resolved soon, an indication that a guilty plea could be forthcoming. “I think sometime in the next two (court) ...


Sheriff joins list of Lewis supporters for top lawman

By Charles Ashby

Sheriff Rebecca Spiess has added her name to the list of former and current law enforcement officials who are endorsing Matt Lewis for Mesa County sheriff. Spiess, who took over the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office when Sheriff Stan Hilkey ...


Worker killed at Cyclone rig

By Staff

An employee with Cyclone Drilling died Tuesday in an accident while working on a Cyclone rig up Parachute Creek. The man’s death occurred about 7 p.m. on a rig drilling for WPX Energy, said WPX spokeswoman Susan Alvillar. She said the ...


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Winter delays ahead

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Department of Transportation doesn’t want to see a repeat of last February’s perfect storm. That occurred Feb. 9, when up to 30 inches of snow fell on Loveland Pass amid winds gusting to 30 mph, all on the worst day ...


Sleep aid given to at least one at Montrose day-care center

By Duffy Hayes

Montrose police are still investigating an incident at a day care center Wednesday, in which an employee administered at least one non-child dose of an over-the-counter sleep aid to one of the children. The incident — promptly reported ...


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