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Palisade byway beckons

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The eastern end of the Grand Valley has long been the oasis in the valley’s desert, its seemingly endless rows of lush fruit trees and vineyards attracting residents and tourists alike on a get-up-and-go Saturday or lazy Sunday ...

Task force announces series of drug arrests

By Dennis Webb

A multi-agency task force on Friday said it has made 30 arrests in Garfield and Eagle counties since last November, including arrests resulting from an investigation at a winter music festival in Avon. The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or ...

Spill-fine money may be used in tamarisk battle

By Dennis Webb

Plans are in the works to do tamarisk removal in Garfield County using fine money from a high-profile spill of fluids by Berry Petroleum during the winter of 2007–08. Berry has been working with the Colorado River Water Conservation ...


Grand Junction candidate for president lands spot on Texas ballot

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Every Republican on the presidential primary ballot in Texas has made a splash only to disappear from view as the long primary season has droned on. Well, all but two. To be sure, Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, is on the ballot. ...


Investigator’s testimony in slaying case lost to credibility concern

By Dennis Webb

A principal investigator in the case of alleged murderer Marcus Bebb-Jones has resigned from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, apparently over allegations that he improperly used a department credit card, and he won’t testify ...

Police: Woman purchased gun used in killing illegally

By Paul Shockley

A handgun allegedly used in an Orchard Mesa slaying on Thanksgiving night was illegally purchased at a local sporting goods store, authorities said Thursday. Tamika Wilson, 23, posted $7,500 bond at the Mesa County Jail on Wednesday after ...

Judge tosses suit claiming health harm by Antero

By Dennis Webb

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit in which a family had accused Antero Resources of harming their health through its oil and gas operations on Silt Mesa. Denver District Court Judge Ann Frick found that lawyers for Bill and Beth Strudley had ...

Civil unions one of seven issues before lawmakers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Civil unions won’t be the only topic of discussion Monday when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session. Among the seven topics set by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is a bill reconsidering Sen. ...

Rental vacancy rate at 10.4 percent in first quarter

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Grand Junction’s rental vacancy rate increased from 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 10.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Colorado Division of Housing. That jump may be deceiving, according to Division ...

Unaffiliated Leane submits petition

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Pledging to be a representative for “everyone” and not just those affiliated with a political party, unaffiliated Mesa County commissioner candidate John Leane on Thursday turned in a petition to secure his spot on the November ...

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