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020510 haiti helicopter

Grand Junction grad now flying helicopter missions in Haiti

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It seems like something from a technology-driven adventure flick, but Lt. Sean Cavanagh’s experience maneuvering a helicopter between canyon walls was all too real. Cavanagh, a helicopter pilot assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier ...


3 booked in robbery, kidnapping

By Melinda Mawdsley

Three local men were arrested after a man reported being robbed and then kidnapped Friday evening in Clifton. The robbery victim was able to flee the men after they stopped at his residence in Fruitvale, the Mesa County Sheriff’s ...


GarCo wary of accepting pit liners at landfill

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County officials want to hear more from the oil and gas industry before spending millions of dollars so its landfill can accept well-pad pit liners. The county is looking at a price tag of nearly $2 million to build a landfill cell ...


Holy Family spellers dominate competition

By Melinda Mawdsley

Sam Cyphers isn’t a good foosball player, but that didn’t matter Saturday. All that mattered was Cyphers knew how to spell it. As the final participant left standing in the annual Mesa County Spelling Bee, Cyphers, 12, did not ...


Garfield County to speak up on drilling plans

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County plans to raise concerns with the state this month regarding natural gas well-spacing proposals in Battlement Mesa and the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area near New Castle. County commissioners last week agreed to intervene ...


Man accused in relationship with girl, 14

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man faces a possible felony charge on suspicion that he carried on a sexual relationship with an underage girl. Christopher Scott Espinoza, 24, is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $25,000 bond. Espinoza was arrested ...


HURTADO-RUIZ Jorge

Man gets prison in 9-year-old rape case

By Paul Shockley

A man linked through DNA to a nearly decade-old rape in downtown Grand Junction was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday. Jorge Hurtado-Ruiz, 31, was sentenced by District Judge Richard Gurley to the maximum term allowed under a plea ...


Briefs, Feb. 6, 2010

By Staff

Hilltop opens new programs for seniors Hilltop has opened two new programs as part of its Senior Life Options service. Handy Helpers is designed to help seniors manage time-consuming and overwhelming daily tasks. Generational Solutions ...


Free Press to become weekly publication

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The Grand Junction Free Press will cut back the number of days it publishes and become a weekly newspaper starting March 5. Free Press publisher Valerie Smith announced the change Friday in a news release, acknowledging the current economy ...


Depths of winter, potholes

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They hide on streets and lurk in parking lots. Unsuspecting drivers may not realize their presence until they’re virtually on top of them. By then, it’s too late to avoid them, and another victim has been claimed. They are ...


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