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Pharmacy robberies net 16-year sentence

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A Grand Junction man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for robbing three western Colorado pharmacies at gunpoint last year in a prescription-drug-addiction-fueled spree one victim said may psychologically scar her for the rest of her ...


For vehicular homicide, man to serve 12 years

By Paul Shockley

A week before her death, 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King typed a message on Facebook waxing about change. “You have to be willing to see the bad side,” District Judge Richard Gurley said in court Friday morning, reciting King’s ...

Two seats already settled for Grand Junction City Council

By Amy Hamilton

Two seats for Grand Junction’s City Council are going to candidates who are running unopposed. The city will begin mailing out ballots Monday for the election. Ballots will be counted April 5. Sam Susuras was appointed to the council ...

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5 arrested in Grand Junction drug raids

By Paul Shockley

Five people face a variety of possible charges after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers raided a Mesa State College residence hall and a Grand Avenue home Wednesday. Morgan Woozley, 20, was arrested at 1140 Texas Ave., Unit 331, after ...

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Junction unemployment hits 11.1%

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate continued to move in the wrong direction in January, when the seasonally adjusted rate climbed to 11.1 percent. That’s a 0.7 percentage-point increase from December’s unemployment rate and the ...

Report: 16.3 percent of county kids poor in 2009

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In 2009, 16.3 percent of Mesa County children lived at or below the federal poverty line, according to an annual study released Thursday by research and advocacy group Colorado Children’s Campaign. The 2011 Kids Count survey found 17 ...

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Ex-madam back in legal trouble

By Paul Shockley

The 61-year-old former owner of a Grand Junction prostitution business may be sent to prison in the wake of an arrest in Jefferson County last year. The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office has filed a probation violation complaint ...

Montrose switches to 4-day week

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Today could be the last five-day workweek that many Montrose city employees ever work. Starting Monday, the city will begin a new, four-day work schedule in an attempt to streamline the city’s operations and save ...

St. Mary’s e-records eliminate transcribers

By Amy Hamilton

In an effort to comply with new demands for electronic medical records, St. Mary’s Hospital is laying off its contracted transcriptionists. None of the hospital’s dozen transcriptionists on staff will be affected by the move ...

The deep lessons of underwater evidence recovery

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Not many classes end with a final exam in cloudy, 67-degree water. But those are perfect conditions for the last days of a phase-one, public-safety diving course offered by Western Colorado Community College. The course is one of three in a ...

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