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House hopeful focus of probe

By Paul Shockley

Republican House District 54 nominee Jared Wright said Wednesday his recent resignation from the Fruita Police Department was unrelated to an internal affairs investigation of him. That same investigation—the subject of the probe was ...


Solar power spreads in valley

By Matthew Berger

Solar power installation is accelerating in Mesa County, according to an upcoming report from industry groups. Residential and commercial systems are being installed at a rate of 10 to 15 each week, they said, more than double the weekly rate ...


Suspect arrested in Naturita shooting

By Staff

A suspect in a late Monday shooting in Naturita turned himself in and was arrested by authorities on suspicion of first-degree assault, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Ronald L. McGuffee, 47, of Naturita shot at another man ...

‘American Idol’ plans another audition in GJ

By Melinda Mawdsley

Get your reality TV singing pipes ready, Grand Junction. Hit show “American Idol” is holding an audition here this summer. The specific time, date and location of the local audition was not released Wednesday, but those interested ...


Bridge north of Fruita failing, will be replaced

By Duffy Hayes

Cars and trucks have been crossing the bridge over Big Salt Wash on 17 1/2 Road north of Fruita one at a time recently, and Mesa County has decided to replace the aging bridge outright due to cracking conditions. County engineers have limited ...

Groups seek larger setbacks from well pads

By Dennis Webb

Advocacy groups including two in western Colorado on Wednesday formally asked the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to increase minimum required setbacks between oil and gas drilling and homes, schools and other public ...

Report: 1 in 10 Colorado teens abused drugs

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Ten percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in Colorado reported abusing alcohol or drugs in 2009, according to data released Wednesday in the 2012 Kids Count data book. That percentage ranks Colorado and New Mexico as the second-highest for middle ...

Union Pacific tracks reopen after mudflows

By Dennis Webb

Union Pacific Railroad tracks reopened Wednesday after mudflows from heavy rains east of Glenwood Springs caused an overnight closure that forced the detouring of Amtrak California Zephyr trains between Denver and Salt Lake City. Union ...


Amtrak train kills person in Clifton

By Paul Shockley

One person was killed Tuesday night after being struck by Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which witnesses said was barreling into Clifton at speeds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. The collision was reported just after 6 p.m. on the west side of ...


Rifle researchers test microbes’ appetite for uranium cleanup

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE—For a decade in a field by the Colorado River on the eastern edge of town, scientists have been hard at work trying to deal with the legacy of mill processing from a former uranium mill tailings site. Arguably, though, some of the ...

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