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Suspect arrested in Naturita shooting

By Staff

A suspect in a late Monday shooting in Naturita turned himself in and was arrested by authorities on suspicion of first-degree assault, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Ronald L. McGuffee, 47, of Naturita shot at another man ...

‘American Idol’ plans another audition in GJ

By Melinda Mawdsley

Get your reality TV singing pipes ready, Grand Junction. Hit show “American Idol” is holding an audition here this summer. The specific time, date and location of the local audition was not released Wednesday, but those interested ...


Bridge north of Fruita failing, will be replaced

By Duffy Hayes

Cars and trucks have been crossing the bridge over Big Salt Wash on 17 1/2 Road north of Fruita one at a time recently, and Mesa County has decided to replace the aging bridge outright due to cracking conditions. County engineers have limited ...

Groups seek larger setbacks from well pads

By Dennis Webb

Advocacy groups including two in western Colorado on Wednesday formally asked the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to increase minimum required setbacks between oil and gas drilling and homes, schools and other public ...

Report: 1 in 10 Colorado teens abused drugs

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Ten percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in Colorado reported abusing alcohol or drugs in 2009, according to data released Wednesday in the 2012 Kids Count data book. That percentage ranks Colorado and New Mexico as the second-highest for middle ...

Union Pacific tracks reopen after mudflows

By Dennis Webb

Union Pacific Railroad tracks reopened Wednesday after mudflows from heavy rains east of Glenwood Springs caused an overnight closure that forced the detouring of Amtrak California Zephyr trains between Denver and Salt Lake City. Union ...


Amtrak train kills person in Clifton

By Paul Shockley

One person was killed Tuesday night after being struck by Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which witnesses said was barreling into Clifton at speeds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. The collision was reported just after 6 p.m. on the west side of ...


Rifle researchers test microbes’ appetite for uranium cleanup

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE—For a decade in a field by the Colorado River on the eastern edge of town, scientists have been hard at work trying to deal with the legacy of mill processing from a former uranium mill tailings site. Arguably, though, some of the ...


Governor, Lions honor Bishop

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Tilman Bishop has lived up to his own words: “Don’t dream your dreams — live them.” More than 250 members of the community gave a standing ovation Tuesday afternoon as the Grand Junction Lions Club and University of ...

Naturita man sought in shooting

By Paul Shockley

UPDATE: Suspected arrested in case Montrose County authorities on Tuesday were looking for a man with possible ties to a shooting in Naturita. A law enforcement radio bulletin broadcast just before 6 a.m. Tuesday said authorities should ...

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