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072411 Wildfire

Lightning suspected in mesa fire

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Lightning is likely what started a fire that spread to about 30 acres by 6 p.m. Sunday 40 miles southeast of Grand Junction on Grand Mesa. The fire was spotted at 1 p.m. Sunday on private land east of Kannah Creek Road and about 15 miles east ...


Out-of-state students double at Mesa

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Mesa State College led all Colorado four-year colleges and universities in rate of out-of-state enrollment growth between fall 2002 and fall 2010, according to data released last month by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Mesa ...


072111 MVA wait

Vehicle plate renewal lines growing

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When it came time last week to buy tags for the 1991 Dodge Ram his father recently gave him, David Welker breezed through the Mesa County motor vehicle branch office in Clifton in a matter of just a few minutes. But when he needs to renew his ...


Carrasco cage fight 062311

Ringside bell sounds for ‘El Original’

By Paul Shockley

Jorge Alberto Carrasco’s head kicks were the stuff of champions, several people said Saturday. But his heart was more powerful, family friend Miguel Navarro Jr. told a hushed crowd filling Two Rivers Convention Center at the Cage Wars ...


Pepper spray preceded shooting, trooper says

By Paul Shockley

A Colorado State Patrol trooper said in a recent court filing he fired pepper spray inside a Redlands home, shortly before he allegedly shot and killed 31-year-old Jason Kemp. Ivan “Gene” Lawyer, who pleaded not guilty to criminal ...


Hearings slated for two proposed legislative maps

By Charles Ashby

As they stand now, the proposed new boundaries for state House and Senate districts could force some interesting races next year. If they want to remain in the Colorado Legislature, Lakewood Reps. Andy Kerr, a Democrat, and Ken Summers, a ...


Trio tied to Bay Area deaths

By Paul Shockley

Three California men who are suspects in an alleged gang-fueled crime spree that included the slaying of a man July 16 in Grand Junction are under investigation for ties to three homicides that happened over a seven-day span earlier this month ...


‘Cut, cap’ bill dies in Senate; Bennet and Udall voted ‘nay’

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A House-passed budget measure dubbed “cut, cap and balance” died on a party-line vote in the Senate, with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., likening it to a bumper sticker. Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., voted against the ...


072211 Homicide

Two held in gangland spree

By Paul Shockley

Two men were arrested and another two were wanted by police in connection with a gang-related, one-day crime spree in Grand Junction that included a man’s murder, the armed robberies of two businesses and a residential burglary, Grand ...


Mesa County jobless rate up in June

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More unemployed and fewer employed residents raised Mesa County’s unemployment rate 0.4 of a percentage point month-over-month to 10.3 percent in June. The non-seasonally-adjusted rate was affected by students entering the work force in ...


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