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Man suspected in Fruita liquor-store heist

By Paul Shockley

A Fruita man skipped out on a bar tab Friday night, then robbed a next-door liquor store while claiming to have a gun, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael D. Stepp, 38, was booked at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of aggravated ...


Palisade High becomes destination for ImagiNation

By Paul Shockley

Wearing a silver-painted, cardboard, robot costume, 9-year-old Ethan Mackley waddled toward the crowd. “I used to be a terrible robot,” Ethan declared in the opening lines of his group’s skit Saturday ...

Focus of drilling lawsuit changes

By Dennis Webb

Battlement Mesa residents have amended a lawsuit, dropping attempts to get Antero Resources to pay for medical monitoring and purported drops in property value related to current and planned natural gas development in the area. The changes to ...


First Democrat enters Mesa County commissioner race

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After watching voters in the northeastern Illinois community he grew up in reject a tax increase three times to pay for a new high school, Dave Edwards decided to take action. The editor of the school newspaper and a member of the student ...

Garfield County fires two officials

By Dennis Webb

Two top Garfield County officials were fired Friday as part of a continuing reorganization of the county’s leadership and staffing. Acting county manager Andrew Gorgey, also the county attorney, eliminated the positions of assistant ...


Photos out of suspects in slaying

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on Friday released booking photos for two Clifton brothers accused in the death of a Fruita man last week. This, as arrest affidavits, law enforcement’s alleged factual basis for holding the ...

High court: Wiretap in drug case was proper

By Paul Shockley

An elected district attorney doesn’t have to personally prepare and submit applications for wiretap surveillance, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled last week. The court’s ruling, published on March 5, resolves a two-year-old ...

Three cleared in failure to report school concerns

By Dennis Webb

A state licensing board has dismissed complaints against three engineers who were being investigated for not alerting the board to concerns about a peer’s work on the structurally deficient Meeker Elementary School. The board acted ...

Central figure in Exxon’s ‘Black Sunday’ aftermath dies at age 71

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William Eckstrand, the man Exxon Corp. sent to head up the Colony oil shale project in 1983, died Monday in Denver. He was 71. Eckstrand arrived in western Colorado at the tumultuous time after Exxon closed the oil shale plant on May 2, 1982, ...


Lochmiller behind bars

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For the first time since the late 1980s, Philip Rand Lochmiller spent the night behind bars Friday, beginning a pattern that is unlikely to change until the end of his life. Lochmiller, who founded, operated and eventually destroyed Valley ...

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