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Interim Montrose county manager wins job

By Staff

Montrose County commissioners on Monday announced the hiring of interim County Manager Ken Norris as the new county manager and gave him a three-year contract. “I am humbled and honored to accept this position,” Norris, a 39-year ...


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Speaker: Business climate is ripe

By Greg Ruland

The Grand Junction metropolitan area needs to increase arrivals at Grand Junction Regional Airport, upgrade smart phone infrastructure and speak with one voice if it hopes to recruit to the area companies that generate high-paying jobs and ...


Pitch for fire-study center in the works

By Dennis Webb

The city of Rifle and Garfield County plan to make a pitch to be home to an aerial firefighting research center to be created as part of legislation carried by state Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction. “We truly believe we’re an ...


Charges lodged in attack on Rio Blanco sheriff

By Dennis Webb

A Meeker-area resident will not face attempted murder charges in the stabbing of the Rio Blanco County sheriff last month. Logan Piper was formally charged with assault and other charges early this month in connection with the Aug. 21 attack, ...


Appeal stalls oil drilling by Fram

By Gary Harmon

An appeal aimed at halting a proposed oil project near Whitewater has stalled development on the largest part of the project, though some activity is continuing on private land, an industry official said. The appeal has had no legal effect on ...


CMU library expansion funds are on their way

By Emily Shockley

Colorado Mesa University will receive the nearly $18.46 million it has requested from the state to complete an expansion and renovation project for the school’s Tomlinson Library. On Monday, $135.3 million from a 2013-14 general fund ...


August a robust month for sales tax revenue

By Emily Shockley

Both Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction experienced the biggest year-over-year sales tax collection hike of any month in 2014 this August. The county collected $2.4 million in sales tax revenue in August, up 7.3 percent from ...


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Benghazi voice being heard

By Duffy Hayes

Kris Paronto said writing his account of the night of the Benghazi consulate attack, along with the subsequent media whirlwind of national appearances, has been “cathartic” and even a bit fun. “When you’re overseas, ...


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Ballot measure addresses GMOs

By Charles Ashby

Genetically modified organisms may seem like something from a science-fiction movie, but altered foods have been around for centuries. And foods changed at the cellular level have been on store shelves since the 1990s. But that sort of ...


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Retrial will re-examine toddler’s 2007 death

By Paul Shockley

Trial dates may be scheduled this week in yet another old Mesa County murder prosecution due for a retrial. Brandon Moore, 29, who was serving life without parole in prison for his conviction in the 2007 beating death of a Clifton toddler, ...


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