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Man’s best friend helping those who suffer from trauma

By Amy Hamilton

It’s still a couple months away, but Sydney Medina of Grand Junction can’t wait until she’s united with a service dog, provided by the Englewood-based, nonprofit Freedom Service Dogs. Medina, a U.S. Navy veteran who has been ...


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Lawyers: Booze, insult fueled Fruita slaying

By Paul Shockley

Fueled by hours of drinking rum and Coke and a crude remark about his girlfriend, Fruita resident Wayne Gert chose to end a spat with his roommate by pulling out a .357 revolver and shooting him in the face, prosecutors told ...


Senators seek delay on drilling

By Dennis Webb

Colorado’s U.S. senators are asking the Obama administration to a delay a decision on drilling west of Carbondale, to the delight of a citizens coalition trying to protect 220,000 acres there from oil and gas development. However, ...


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Montrose official takes job in Texas

By William Woody

MONTROSE—Assistant City Manager Scott Sellers announced Wednesday that he will work his last day in Montrose on Oct. 27, four days before entering his new role as city manager in Kilgore, Texas. Sellers, 32, has been with the city since ...


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Mesa County’s 2012 budget may signal rebound

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Mesa County’s budget is expected to remain flat in 2012, an indication that county finance officers are cautiously optimistic that the local economy has hit bottom and is slowly rebounding. The initial $130.2 million budget presented to ...


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Workers on shale project planning a get-together

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In 1980, Charlie Pence got a dream assignment — build a town in western Colorado, one that would fuel America. Two years later, Pence got a phone call telling him the dream was over. Pence, 82, now a Houston resident, visited Grand ...


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Teacher scares up funds for classroom

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Sometime last year, a light bulb flicked on above the head of Brian Schwerdtfeger, a kindergarten teacher at Dual Immersion Academy. It wouldn’t be long before that bulb, which was in his overhead projector, burnt out and Schwerdtfeger ...


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Lumber mill on state leaders’ tour

By Staff

It’s about jobs and the economy. That, at least, was the message leaders of the Colorado House were told Thursday as they brought their Building a Better Colorado statewide tour through Mesa and Montrose counties. “The point of ...


Junction man charged with vehicular homicide

By Paul Shockley

Prosecutors filed two counts of vehicular homicide Thursday against the suspected driver of a vehicle who fatally injured a Grand Junction woman last week. Joseph Leo Weixel, 21, of Grand Junction, was formally charged by Chief Deputy ...


Protesters planning campout at old courthouse

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Organizers of Occupy Grand Junction say they’re quite serious about the occupation part of their plans to protest this weekend. On Facebook, organizers are urging potential protesters to bring camping equipment and tents to the old Mesa ...


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