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No. 4 story of 2011: Palisade voters keep pot dispensary

By Amy Hamilton

In a rare move among cities around Colorado, Palisade voters allowed Mesa County’s lone medical marijuana center to keep its doors open. Colorado Alternative Healthcare, 125 Peach Ave., owned by Jesse and Desa Loughman, was the only ...

No. 3 story of 2011: Mesa State upgrades to university status

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After 23 years as Mesa State College, the school officially became Colorado Mesa University on Aug. 10. The idea of seeking university status had been bandied about for years but became a serious topic in spring 2010, when the school’s ...

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No. 5 story of 2011: Trapped in backwoods, logger cuts off his toes

By Dennis Webb

Jon Hutt of Montrose earned national celebrity this year, but at no small price. The semi-retired logger cut off the toes on his right foot with a pocketknife Aug. 19 to free himself after a logging trailer fell onto his foot in a remote area ...


No. 1 story of 2011: School funding takes major hits

By Charles Ashby

Education spending in Colorado didn’t have a good year in 2011. Millions of dollars in budget cuts from the state led to numerous layoffs of school workers in the region and elsewhere in the state. Then, local and statewide ballot ...

Guard unit returning soon

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The medical-support Colorado National Guard unit based in Montrose will return home next month after its deployment to Afghanistan. Though the unit was on duty Dec. 25, Sgt. Rick Bresett wants to be sure the Witch Doctors don’t miss ...

Drive-by shooting wounds man in Clifton

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible drive-by shooting that left a Clifton man wounded in the predawn hours Thursday. Matthew Daly, 29, was shot once in the shoulder area as he walked home alone from a ...

TV redesign puts spice in Fruita cafe

By Staff

The Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” plans to air a one-hour show about a Grand Valley establishment, Sullivan’s Grill, next week. The show will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the cable network. Sullivan’s ...

2,000 push lease moratorium in North Fork area

By Dennis Webb

Governments and citizen groups are pushing for more time to comment on a controversial proposal to lease 30,000 acres for oil and gas development in Delta and Gunnison counties. For now, the Bureau of Land Management’s Jan. 9 comment ...

No. 6 story of 2011: Grand Junction council asks city manager for resignation

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich’s five years in Grand Junction’s top city government position ended in December after City Council members asked her to resign. The decision, made by a majority of council members during ...

No. 7 story of 2011: Former DA jailed for sexual misconduct

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Myrl Serra began 2011 as the chief prosecutor for a six-county area on Colorado’s Western Slope, despite a restraining order that kept him out of the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He ended it as an inmate in the ...

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