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DARTANIN Mitchell NEW file mug

Mitchell charged in son’s death

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction father and former mentor to young parents, whose series of alleged crimes stretched over much of 2011, is accused of fatally injuring his infant son last May. Dartanin D. Mitchell, 34, is suspected of child abuse resulting in ...

GarCo fears drilling impacts from sage-grouse proposal

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County commissioners share the oil and gas industry’s concern that proposed conservation measures for the greater sage-grouse could virtually shut down drilling in parts of northwest Colorado. Commissioners are expected to give ...

Train fatality ID’d as Silt woman

By Dennis Webb

The pedestrian struck and killed by an Amtrak train west of Silt on Saturday afternoon was a 27-year-old Silt resident. The Garfield County Coroner’s Offic identified the pedestrian Monday as Ashley Nicole Vale. The Garfield County ...

D51 students compete at state speech tournament

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Twenty-five local high school students competed in the Colorado High School Activities Association State Speech and Debate Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Fort Collins High School. Sarah Baker of Fruita Monument placed fourth in the ...


State program could help city revitalize Fruita

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Like many downtowns, Fruita has the independent, unusual shops you won’t find at the mall. It features some businesses that are aggressive in marketing themselves individually and upgrading their facilities. It hosts festivals and ...

1 killed, 2 hurt in fiery crash

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A Rifle woman was killed and two men were hospitalized early Sunday after their vehicle crashed into a rock wall off Interstate 70 east of De Beque and burst into flames, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Investigators are looking into ...

Man accused of break-in, assault of woman

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A Grand Junction man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was accused of barging into a house, assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her, then trying to elude police. Luke Gregory Ruiz, 30, 1350 N. 21st St., was arrested on ...

State extends off-road enforcement program

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved spending $300,000 to extend a program aimed at enforcing regulations for off-highway vehicles. The state’s pilot program uses law enforcement officers from Parks and Wildlife, ...


Effort takes wing to preserve sage grouse

By Matthew Berger

In a few weeks, Gunnison sage grouse will gather in the Glade Park area to perform their annual breeding dance. Some time after that, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose the birds for protection under the Endangered Species Act, ...

Powderhorn selling Steamboat package with 2012-13 offerings

By Dave Buchanan

A year of many firsts, including new owners and a new name, is ending with another first for Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The 45-year old resort not only is holding its spring season pass sale for the 2012-2013 season, it also is celebrating a ...

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