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Downtown event more of the pits than peachy time for 80-year-old

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A local farmer is growing some pretty impressive peaches and selling them at the American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market. Unfortunately, one of those fruits went to waste Thursday evening during the weekly event in downtown Grand ...


Junction man indicted in $1.7M scam

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The owner of a Grand Junction-based home health care business has been indicted on federal charges that he stole more than $1.7 million from a federal program that provides benefits and compensation to nuclear weapons workers and their ...


Honor Flight seeks veterans for final flight

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The final Western Slope Honor Flight is seeking to fill the remaining seats on the plane, which leaves Grand Junction for Washington, D.C., Sept. 21-22. There are 15 seats available to those members of “The Greatest Generation” ...


Cause of school illness still unknown; classes will be held at alternate sites

By Dennis Webb

Classes have been canceled at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle for Tuesday, and its students will begin attending school in alternate locations the next day while an investigation continues into what made people sick at the facility ...


Wildlife zones require drivers to slow down

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Department of Transportation is warning motorists to remember to slow down when they drive through a newly designated wildlife zone around the state. One hundred miles of Colorado highways have been designated around Colorado, ...


Mystery illness at Rifle school hits 23 people

By Dennis Webb

Twenty-one students and two teachers were treated at area hospitals Thursday after becoming ill at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle. Authorities had not determined the cause of their sickness as of Thursday evening. There were initial ...


Grand jury indicts bank robbery suspects

By Amy Hamilton

Two men who already are under state arrest have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with robbing three Western Slope banks in as many months. Troy A. Ashley, 24, of Clovis, Calif., and Brandon Smith, 33, of Fruitvale, were ...


Cities, schools receive $54M from energy

By Charles Ashby

More than $54.6 million in annual severance tax and federal mineral lease payments will be made to more than 500 cities, counties and school districts, state officials announced Thursday. The distribution marked a 47.6 percent increase over ...


State details hydrogen sulfide in wells

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Forty-one Noble Energy gas wells in the Parachute area have hydrogen sulfide levels high enough to affect human health, including four with particularly elevated levels, a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission official ...


Visitors inquisitive about how their food is produced

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It wasn’t long ago that customers eager to bite into the sweet, juicy flesh of a peach from Davis Family Farms were satisfied with answers to basic questions about how much the fruit costs and what it tastes like. Today, when vehicles ...


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