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Ex-cop got phone call to go to jail

By Paul Shockley

A former Grand Junction Police Department officer and firefighter was allowed to drive to jail after being told over the telephone he was wanted for alleged crimes punishable by possible life in prison, authorities said Friday. This, police ...


Peach Street wins top national award

By Dave Buchanan

You can forgive Peach Street Distillers co-founder Rory Donovan for sounding a bit ragged during a phone conversation Friday afternoon. The enterprising Donovan still was excited about his Palisade distillery being named “Distillery of ...


Californian gets 5 year sin Colorado bank heists

By Amy Hamilton

A California man who robbed three banks on the Western Slope was sentenced in federal court Friday to nearly five years in prison, and he must repay $22,263. Troy Ashley of Clovis, Calif., was 24 when he worked with Brandon Smith of Grand ...

TSA offers to meet with panel over complaints at GJ airport

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A representative of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration offered to meet with a committee working to resolve issues surrounding a disputed fence around Grand Junction Regional Airport. The TSA will talk “in general ...

Fair offers summer job, learning opportunities for teens

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More than 30 exhibitors will offer information about summer learning and employment opportunities for local kids Monday at the Summer Youth Education/Employment Fair. The free fair will take place between 4 and 7 p.m. in the Bookcliff Middle ...

Rifle High to offer second IB program on West Slope

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Rifle High School is now the 33rd school in Colorado and the third on the Western Slope authorized to offer an International Baccalaureate diploma program. The school received an acceptance letter into the Geneva, Switzerland-based program ...

Teacher accused of coming to class intoxicated

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An Orchard Mesa Middle School art teacher may lose her job for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol at work. School District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz said during a school board meeting Tuesday he investigated the allegation ...


Wind-fed fires unleashed

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A pair of illegal fires intended to burn trash and an agricultural field whipped out of control Thursday, destroying two outbuildings and prompting warnings from authorities to be careful with open burning or not burn at all during the Grand ...


Utah dust besmirches Colorado snowpack

By Matthew Berger

Tiny bits of Utah currently are scattered across the snow of Grand Mesa, but that’s nothing new. What is new is that after winds blew in the desert dust, no new snowfall came to bury it again, potentially meaning slightly less water ...

City of Rifle still unsure about oil shale stance

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — City Council members in a town that expects to be at the epicenter of any possible future oil shale development have delayed deciding whether to continue endorsing a highly restrictive approach toward the industry on federal ...

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