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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

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Mosquitoes trapped in the Grand Junction area have tested positive for the West Nile virus, a reminder that residents need to protect themselves to avoid infection, Mesa County health officials announced Thursday. It is the first positive ...


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Man accused in crime spree to be tested for competency

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A man accused in a crime spree that culminated in an hours-long standoff with police last month has been ordered to undergo a medical examination to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley ...


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Thousands of firearms taken from shop

By Paul Shockley

Jim Wilcox told a federal agent he bought 47,616 firearms at his downtown Grand Junction pawn shop since 2002, according to federal records. He said he sold 42,158 of them. Just a month ago, Wilcox said his inventory consisted of more than ...


Local briefs, Aug. 26, 2011

By Staff

Fruita center closed for week In an effort to maintain the Fruita Community Center, the facility will be closed for a week each year to undertake large maintenance projects. The facility will close Sept. 6-11, to allow staff and ...


British company preps for Utah oil shale plant

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A London-based company has begun a series of projects on Utah state lands aimed at building a commercial-scale oil shale plant. TomCo Energy plc, which holds 2,919 acres of oil shale leases on state land in Utah, announced the signing of ...


Grave dancer was trying to win Rock Jam tickets

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton man under criminal investigation for alleged antics at a Grand Junction cemetery said he was filmed on top of an empty vault, not a casket with a body in it. The performance was approved by a superior and filmed by a colleague, ...


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Family Dollar wins OK, despite outcry

By William Woody

RIDGWAY — Despite hundreds of signatures on a petition, emails and letters protesting a Family Dollar store’s bid to open a store in Ridgway, the national retail chain received approval from the town to build an 8,000-square-foot ...


Sheriff probes report of antics in grave by digger

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report that a grave digger at a Grand Junction cemetery was recorded on a video playing a simulated guitar, standing on a casket, while he was inside a grave following a funeral ...


Tourism hike a plus for monument-park panel

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Upgrading Colorado National Monument to a national park is an easy call in terms of trying to boost visitation, members of a committee studying the idea concluded Wednesday. Whether such a move might have unintended consequences that would ...


DA drops DUI case against official

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County District Attorney’s office dismissed a drunken-driving charge against a Grand Junction city official, questioning whether a police officer had cause in June to stop the official on his motor scooter. Jay Valentine, 45, ...


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