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Court upholds conviction of molester

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Court of Appeals last week announced it upheld sex-assault convictions against a former Palisade Police Department officer. Patrick L. Casey, 54, was sentenced by District Judge Valerie Robison to serve 27 life terms in prison ...

Young kite-fliers experience capricious moods of Mother Nature

By Rachel Sauer

In poems and whimsical stories, a teasing breeze is generally a good thing. Isn’t it charming! How sprightly and ticklish! In real life, it’s not cute. It’s annoying. Especially if kites are involved. A breeze kicks in, and ...

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Diesel makes dent

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Like a spread-out root system, the price of diesel permeates modern life and culture, figuring into the manufacture and pricing for a wide range of consumer products that include other fuels, fertilizer, food, even flagstone. “It might ...

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Montrose will build third fire station

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The Montrose Fire Protection District broke ground on a third fire station Friday with hopes of reducing response times for rural residents living west of the city. The 8,000-square-foot facility being built at 62840 Spring ...


Sex assault suspect arrested in Denver area

By Paul Shockley

A man wanted in connection with a sexual assault last summer was arrested Wednesday. Alvin James Myers, 35, was booked Wednesday into Mesa County Jail on an arrest warrant on suspicion of sexual assault. Mesa County Sheriff’s ...

Hospital litigation in judge’s hands

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose Memorial Hospital’s chief executive officer testified Friday a leasing of the facility last October to a new, nonprofit corporation was critical in protecting the facility and its assets. CEO David Hample said ...

Horizon Drive District wants curb appeal

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Businesses in the Horizon Drive District want to spruce up the corridor and make it feel more like a neighborhood, according to preliminary results of a recent survey. Mesa State College students handed out surveys in March to business owners ...

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Search team returns to field in Birgfeld case

By Paul Shockley

Searchers spent nearly four hours Friday covering two fields looking for evidence in the 2007 disappearance of Paige Birgfeld. The effort was the second in three days at 23 Road and Logos Court,  south of Interstate 70. Seven Mesa ...

Exercise science degree approved for Mesa State

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Mesa State College will have a new degree offering this fall: a bachelor of science in exercise science. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education gave final approval Friday afternoon during a meeting in Denver. The new program will take ...

Pregnancy prevention programs likely will stay, with exclusion of Planned Parenthood

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A measure to continue two successful teen pregnancy-prevention programs on the Western Slope and expand them statewide appears headed for passage. That became clear Friday when the House gave preliminary approval to SB177, but ...

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