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District 51 considers employee clinic

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School District 51 is considering proposals for an employee medical clinic similar to the one opened Nov. 1 by Mesa County. The district received clinic proposals Friday from local organizations Community Hospital, Primary Care Partners and ...

Protester: Pot foes spreading false info

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A representative of the owners of the only medical marijuana dispensary operating in Mesa County argued Tuesday that petitions seeking to ban such businesses in Palisade should be declared insufficient because medical marijuana opponents ...

Agency finds fault with citizen testing of air pollution near oil, gas drilling

By Dennis Webb

A state agency is casting doubts on recent community-based air testing that reportedly found toxic chemicals near natural gas drilling in Colorado and New Mexico, including hydrogen sulfide at a Garfield County home. “There are some ...

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Six-year slide in Mesa County felonies

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County is on pace for a sixth consecutive yearly decline in felony criminal prosecutions. Most law enforcement officials say it’s difficult to pinpoint reasons why. “Whatever’s happening nationally, it’s my ...


2 booked in region bank heists

By Paul Shockley

Two men confessed to robbing three western Colorado banks of more than a combined $20,000 during a two-month spree stretching from Rifle to Montrose, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandon Dewayne Smith, 33, 606 Darlene Court, and Troy ...

Junction rainfall four times greater than July of last year

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The early arrival of the monsoon in western Colorado soaked Grand Junction with the fourth-wettest July on record, and forecasters say the moist summer weather pattern should continue this month. The city received a total of 1.71 inches of ...

County sells 12 parcels of land to building materials contractor

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Mesa County commissioners approved a contract Monday to sell a chunk of land in south downtown Grand Junction to Whitewater Building Materials Corp., a precursor to moving Public Works Department offices and equipment to a new location near ...

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Local Red Cross to cut 4 positions

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The American Red Cross’ Western Colorado office will eliminate four positions as part of a nationwide effort to slim the disaster relief agency’s costs. Eric Myers, who officially became executive director of the Western Colorado ...

Powderhorn Ski Resort auction set for Thursday

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Two months after it was announced, the auction of Powderhorn Ski Resort is nearly here. The auction will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at the resort’s Day Lodge, 48338 Powderhorn Road. Registration for bidders will begin at 11:30 a.m. ...

Crimes raise police priority for gang intel

By Paul Shockley

Vacant for the past year, a full-time position at the Grand Junction Police Department dedicated to monitoring gang activity will soon be filled, department leaders said last week. Deputy Chief John Zen said the agency’s gang ...

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