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Commission: Keep county judges

By Paul Shockley

Voters should retain 88 of 90 Colorado judges who want to keep their jobs in the November general election, including two Mesa County judges, according to evaluations and recommendations released Tuesday. Eighty-eight percent of attorneys, ...

GarCo’s rig count now lower than 2009

By Dennis Webb

The oil and gas rig count in Garfield County has fallen below the level during the worst of the industry slowdown in 2009, and one company last week halted its local drilling program after a drop in natural gas liquids pricing. Drilling ...


Fans, foes prepare for Obama’s trip to city on the river

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Update, 5:26 p.m. Air Force One has lifted off from Grand Junction Regional Airport enroute to Pueblo for tomorrow’s campaign events. ____________ Update, 5:15 p.m. The president has boarded Air Force One with United States Secretary ...


Death of woman ‘suspicious’ for deputies after call to Clifton

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on Monday labeled the overnight death of a woman as “suspicious” after deputies responded to a 911 call in Clifton. Several deputies, some of them affiliated with a crime scene unit van, ...

Suspect says former refinery a hazard

By Amy Hamilton

A Clifton man was in jail Monday after calling the FBI and telling them he planned to commit suicide by blowing up the former Fruita Refinery. According to an arrest affidavit, Michael Leroy Schonlau, 36, 3286 E Road, called an FBI agent ...


Ex-cop ordered to stand trial in sex-assault case

By Paul Shockley

A former Grand Junction Police Department officer charged in connection with an alleged sexual affair with an underage girl was ordered Monday to stand trial on all counts. District Judge Thomas Deister, who presided over a preliminary ...

Uranium mill permit tossed; hearings set

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Both sides of the debate on a proposed uranium mill near Naturita will have a court-ordered hearing on the mill in November. The hearing before an administrative law judge was ordered by Denver District Judge John McMullen, who also ...

Energy groups line up to keep shale gas access

By Dennis Webb

Six energy advocacy groups have signed a letter opposing draft legislation seeking to protect 183,000 acres west of Carbondale from oil and gas development, arguing in part that it would close off an area of promising shale gas ...

Commission says no to legalizing pot

By Duffy Hayes

Mesa County commissioners on Monday joined a growing chorus of public officials statewide to declare their opposition to Amendment 64, a ballot initiative that would essentially legalize the recreational use of marijuana in ...

Obama tickets

Obama returning to Grand Junction, with Colorado vital in race

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President Barack Obama will fly into Grand Junction on Wednesday afternoon for a campaign rally at Grand Junction High School, where his campaign said he would lay out a plan “to restore middle-class economic security in ...

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