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Tourism hike a plus for monument-park panel

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Upgrading Colorado National Monument to a national park is an easy call in terms of trying to boost visitation, members of a committee studying the idea concluded Wednesday. Whether such a move might have unintended consequences that would ...


DA drops DUI case against official

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County District Attorney’s office dismissed a drunken-driving charge against a Grand Junction city official, questioning whether a police officer had cause in June to stop the official on his motor scooter. Jay Valentine, 45, ...


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St. Joseph begins ambitious expansion

By Rachel Sauer

It’s always the first step that requires the most faith — the journey begun, the project undertaken. Wednesday morning, staff, parishioners and volunteers at St. Joseph Catholic Church watched a team from Vista Paving Corp. begin ...


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Out with nachos, in with whole-grain, fruit

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School lunch doesn’t taste the way it did when Cooper Strand was in elementary school. “It tastes healthier than when I was little,” Strand, 14, said after having his first lunch Wednesday as a Central High School student. ...


Team finds clues of region’s earliest inhabitants

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The rock overhang sits at the mouth of a small canyon in the Salt Creek valley north of Loma. There are likely thousands of similar geological features scattered among the sagebrush- and juniper-dotted hills of northwest Colorado. But this ...


Deputy’s groin grab reasonable, sheriff says

By Paul Shockley

A deputy’s move to grab the testicles of a man who was resisting arrest was reasonable given the circumstances, albeit unorthodox, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday. Sheriff’s Department Deputy Hassan ...


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Shell: Oil shale blocked

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A rewrite of an environmental study for oil shale development in northwest Colorado is “a waste of taxpayer money” that is hindering development, a Shell Oil official said Wednesday. Dan Whitney of Shell Exploration and Production ...


Prop. 103 tax hike is certified for ballot

By Charles Ashby

Colorado voters will get a chance to decide this fall if they want to raise taxes for five years to benefit the state’s schools. That will happen because Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Wednesday a petition effort to get such ...


High hits 101 degrees, breaking 1919 record

By Melinda Mawdsley

School has started. August is nearly over. But temperatures Wednesday indicate summer is not over. The thermometer hit 101 degrees at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, setting a record high for the date in Grand Junction, according to the National ...


USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 1

By William Woody

Images from the finish of stage 1 of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a 100-mile stretch from Salida to Creste Butte Tuesday afternoon.  ...


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