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Two men held in sex assault of 3 women

By Amy Hamilton

Two men were arrested on suspicion they sexually assaulted three women Wednesday night after one of the women invited the men to their home, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Michael Joseph Maestas, 23, 3222 D 1/2 ...

Senate committee nixes severance tax for education

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to divert excess severance tax dollars to rural colleges and schools was killed in a Senate committee Thursday. Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, had hoped to use excess annual revenue of $100 million to help fund smaller ...


Schools locked down during search

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A search Thursday afternoon for a teenage boy suspected of having a kitchen knife and possibly heading toward R-5 High School ended when law enforcement found the boy without a knife miles away from R-5 High. R-5 High, 310 N. Seventh St., and ...

Simpson to speak at Mesa about deficit reduction plan

By Staff

Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, half of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission, will speak this month at Colorado Mesa University. Simpson worked with Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, to fashion ...

DA: Wiretaps, GPS topple cocaine ring

By Paul Shockley

Law enforcement used an arsenal, including wiretaps and Global Positioning System tracking devices, to bring down an alleged cocaine-distribution network that has been under investigation since May 2011, according to a prosecutor and court ...

Neslin going from oil, gas regulator to lawyer representing industry

By Dennis Webb

David Neslin, who shepherded through numerous rule changes as director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, is leaving his job to become a partner at a law firm and represent energy-industry clients. Neslin on March 1 will ...

Uranium mill investors staying on sidelines during permit process

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Potential investors remain interested in a proposed uranium mill in the West End of Montrose County, but they are waiting to see whether Energy Fuels can obtain all of its permits, the head of the company said. Energy Fuels Inc. obtained a ...

Bradford may quit her seat, GOP

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—Rep. Laura Bradford’s flap over the legislative privilege brouhaha this past week has left her considering leaving the Republican Party and resigning her seat in the Colorado House, the Collbran Republican said ...

City may seek another site for Greyhound stop

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members want the community to know a proposed plan for a joint local bus stop and Greyhound bus terminal on 24 1/2 Road has not yet left the station. After a surge of community push-back in the past two weeks ...


Judge grants bond in furlough dispute

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Thomas Deister set a bond Wednesday that allowed a man at the heart of a furlough controversy to walk out of the Mesa County Jail. Preceding that action, Deister took to task Mesa County Community Corrections officials for ...

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