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Juvenile offender bill goes to governor

By Charles Ashby

After another failed attempt to amend a measure to give district attorneys some flexibility over when to charge juveniles as adults, the bill limiting that ability is on its way to the governor’s desk. That happened Thursday after a few ...


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Bar dispute, I-70 chase result in fatal stabbing, affidavits say

By Paul Shockley

Court records allege that a dispute at a Grand Junction bar last month spilled over to a high-speed chase on Interstate 70 and ended with a man stabbed to death at a Clifton mobile home park. Abel Roper, 31, of Fruita, suffered 13 stab wounds ...


Adults with no children could qualify for Medicaid

By Staff

Mesa County adults who have no children and whose monthly income falls below 10 percent of the federal poverty level can apply now to enter a lottery for health care coverage. State Medicaid officials expect to place as many as 1,704 ...


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Sick, rotting cattle littered field in Loma

By Paul Shockley

A Loma man who owns 61 cows that were seized Tuesday in an unprecedented action by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said he couldn’t afford quality animal feed or veterinarian care for his cattle, according to court ...


Warrants issued in Delta County animal cruelty case

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The Delta County couple who pleaded guilty last month to a single count each of animal cruelty failed to appear in court Wednesday, when they were to be arraigned on 11 more counts each. Had Charles Kuene, 49, and Patricia Kuene, 54, appeared ...


Horse neglect on rise

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More horses are being misused or neglected by their owners, possibly for reasons related to the economy, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Agriculture said. Federal officials, meanwhile, noted seeing incidents in recent years in ...


Dry March saps state snowpack

By Staff

Colorado snowpack totals plummeted in March, a month that usually accounts for about one-fifth of seasonal snow accumulations, the Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday. The state’s peak snowpack level occurs April 12 on ...


Schools shift bothers Fruita council

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The Fruita City Council is dismayed by School District 51’s plan to shuffle hundreds of students in Fruita to different elementary schools next year, contending Fruita schoolchildren and their families are bearing too much of the burden ...


Bill allowing video lottery gets initial OK

By Charles Ashby

After the bill languished for nearly a month, Rep. Don Coram finally got the votes he needed to get his video lottery terminal bill out of committee Wednesday. But to do so, the Montrose Republican had to make changes to his measure, ...


Lincoln Park Tower available for party rental

By Amy Hamilton

The Lincoln Park Tower’s third-floor hospitality suite soon will be available as a party rental space, Grand Junction City Council members said during their meeting Wednesday night. Rental prices were set Wednesday night for the space, ...


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