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DA won’t file charge of bias crime in bar fight

By Paul Shockley

Prosecutors today will not file a felony charge alleging bias of sexual orientation factored in an alleged assault last week outside a downtown Grand Junction bar, a senior official with the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office ...


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Christianity enters solemn phase of year

By Rachel Sauer

As people knelt to receive two strokes of ash on their foreheads, they heard the familiar words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It was an important reminder of mortality, but also of hope. “The ...


Video lottery at horse racing tracks unconstitutional, casinos say of bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to allow horse racing tracks to operate video lottery terminal machines in the state is unconstitutional, opponents of the measure told a House committee Wednesday. The measure, HB1280, would allow up to three video ...


Parts of Redlands, Orchard Mesa to lose their water

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Some homes on East Orchard Mesa and the Redlands will be without water for several hours tonight and early Friday morning while the Ute Water Conservancy District repairs a broken valve on a distribution line. Water will be out to those homes ...


Supporters sign on to river deal

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A proposed agreement to govern the management of the Colorado River garnered its first signatures, but Mesa County agencies are in no hurry to go with the flow. Several organizations in Eagle County on Tuesday signed the Colorado River ...


Ski areas bracing for fight with feds over water rights

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A battle by the nation’s ski areas to stop the Obama administration’s requirement that resorts surrender their water rights to the federal government could become a protracted fight. A lawsuit filed earlier this year by the ...


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Assault probe becomes missing-person case

By Dennis Webb

A search for a Battlement Mesa man accused of assaulting someone in a Parachute restaurant Sunday has turned into a missing-persons investigation after his failure to resurface since then. Mary Cunningham, the mother of Paul Cunningham ...


Calm urged in college disputes

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The colleges in Colorado that are seeking to be known as universities need to get along even as they compete for valuable recognition beyond the state’s borders, a committee said Wednesday. Western State College in Gunnison is one of ...


Group offers $2.5M to retire oil, gas leases

By Dennis Webb

A group trying to stop oil and gas development on 220,000 acres west of Carbondale is offering energy companies about $2.5 million to cover their direct investments in undeveloped leases.  The Thompson Divide Coalition on Wednesday said ...


Man in furlough dispute sentenced

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man whose bid to attend his father’s funeral pitted a judge against Mesa County’s community-corrections system was resentenced Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Deister ordered 28-year-old Benjamin Christ to serve ...


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