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New light cast on ‘96 double murder

By Paul Shockley

A 5–4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday invalidated life without parole prison sentences for juveniles, calling into question the outcome of a 1996 double murder case in Mesa County. Verle James Mangum was 17 in 1996 when ...

Ballots due today in primary voting

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Republicans and Libertarians have one last day to cast ballots in this year’s primary election. Republicans are deciding which of two candidates in two races will represent the party in the November election for the two open seats on ...

Court rules against couple in drilling-permit case

By Matthew Berger

Residents are not entitled to hearings over applications for permits to drill for oil and gas in Colorado, according to a state Supreme Court decision issued Monday. Plaintiffs Cary and Ruth Weldon and Wesley and Marcia Kent, along with the ...

Mesa County trying to recoup federal funds

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The Mesa County Commission opted to recraft its mineral leasing district Monday under new rules devised by the Colorado Legislature. The 2–1 majority that approved the changes framed the decision as one aimed at discouraging the U.S. ...

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department joins program for veterans hiring

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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department will participate in a U.S. Justice Department hiring program that encourages law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans. The Sheriff’s Department will receive $375,000 from the Justice ...

Treat forest, cut fire threat, speakers say

By Dennis Webb

ASPEN — Large-scale use of forest thinning and prescribed burns is crucial to counteracting the increasing trend of major wildfires like those currently striking Colorado, speakers said at the annual Forests at Risk forum ...

Palisade High earns top honors at national knowledge bowl tournament

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Palisade High School’s knowledge bowl team placed in the top 13 at the 2012 National Academic Championship June 9–11 in Chicago. The team and five others fell in the first stage of the quiz bowl-style competition’s final ...


Nothing changes for Colorado immigration, local sheriff says

By Charles Ashby

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down much of Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law won’t have much impact in Colorado, state and local officials say. That’s because Colorado’s laws, ...


Pakistanis observe region’s farms, irrigation practices

By Matthew Berger

A delegation of Pakistani government officials wrapped up their several-day visit to western Colorado on Monday with tours of local farms. The trip was intended to allow the officials to learn about farming and irrigation practices that might ...

Fireworks displays still iffy in some parts

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The Grand Junction Independence Day fireworks show can go on this year, but others might not. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey is weighing whether it’s simply too dry, especially in places such as Collbran, Gateway and Mesa, to allow ...

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