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Slaps, taps, police reports from GOP meeting

By Paul Shockley

UPDATE: Video released by The Colorado Observer. So was it a polite tap or a menacing slap? It depends which police report you believe in the aftermath of an oddly heated May 9 executive board meeting of the Mesa County Republican ...


Pace: Tipton blew chance to trim fat

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s vote against lowering congressional franking budgets by 10 percent Friday is contrary to his promise to cut federal spending, said his Democratic opponent, Sal Pace. Tipton was one of 230 Republicans and 79 ...


Shooting suspect jailed in Denver

By Paul Shockley

A former Fruita resident wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with last week’s shooting at a Horizon Drive hotel was arrested in Denver on Saturday. Joseph Martin Lara, 26, was booked into the Denver County Jail ...


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Fed critic collects nearly $200,000 in farm subsidies

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John Justman, the Lower Valley farmer and Mesa County Commission hopeful who has framed himself as a stalwart opponent of federal interference in local affairs, has collected more than $195,000 in farm subsidies over the last 15 ...


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Birds in rehab need larger flight cage

By Dennis Webb

A Silt-area wildlife rehabilitation center appreciates the donations that will allow it to build a bigger flight cage — even if the center’s efforts to help eagles and other raptors aren’t always appreciated by the birds ...


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Sacred Heart raising funds for new building

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The congregation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church knows it’s time to go. Their pretty church, built in 1890 on Aspen Avenue, was perfect when Fruita was a much smaller town. These days, the aging rock walls can barely hold the people ...


Body in canal ID’d through hip device

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A woman whose body was found in an irrigation canal in Fruita on Thursday was identified using a lot number engraved on her hip replacement, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said Friday. Chief Deputy Coroner Kim Hollingshead said ...


Garfield, White River forest enact fire ban

By Dennis Webb

The White River National Forest and Garfield County this week announced bans on open fires due to dry conditions. “I realize these restrictions will cause some inconveniences to forest users. But the conditions we are experiencing are ...


Justman leads in campaign cash

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Lower Valley farmer John Justman leads candidates for the Mesa County Commission with more than $22,000 in campaign contributions. The second-largest war chest belongs to Woody Walcher, a write-in candidate who supplied most of his ...


Line break on 32 Road produces sinkhole

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A section of 32 Road will have to be rebuilt and motorists should expect traffic delays through at least the weekend after a waterline break created a sinkhole in Clifton. A 10-inch Clifton Water District line ruptured around midnight Friday ...


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