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Longtime school employee named to represent veterans

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A 27-year School Distict 51 employee has moved into a new job as Mesa County’s veterans service officer. David Montoya, 56, formerly the director of transportation, grounds and buildings for the school district, was appointed the ...

Pine Ridge Fire near De Beque is 95% contained

By Staff

Firefighters made significant progress Tuesday in their battle against the Pine Ridge Fire burning southwest of De Beque, with containment reaching 95 percent. “I knew we were doing good but I didn’t know how good,” Fire ...

Man jailed in attempted exploitation

By Charles Ashby

A Fort Wayne, Ind., man was jailed Monday after driving to Garfield County with the alleged intent of sexually exploiting two minor females, federal officials say. Steven Raines, 35, was arrested when he thought he was meeting with a woman ...


Udall working on funding for prevention

By Matthew Berger

As part of a previously scheduled trip through western Colorado, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., toured the Bureau of Land Management’s fire control nerve center near Grand Junction Regional Airport on Tuesday. The trip happened to coincide ...

Dinosaur Dig

By Gretel Daugherty

Children and their parents spend an educational morning searching for dinosaur bones at the Museum of Western Colorado’s Mygatt-Moore quarry.  ...


Containment near on Pine Ridge Fire

By Paul Shockley

Full containment of the Pine Ridge wildfire southwest of De Beque is expected this week as fire resources will start trickling away to battle other regional blazes, authorities said Monday. “Barring unforeseen changes in fire behavior ...


River-camp evictions under way

By Amy Hamilton

Before sunrise late last week, a cadre of volunteers arrived in boots and work clothes to tackle a mess of debris that had piled up over the years at homeless camps on private property underneath the Broadway Bridge. Volunteers hauled out ...

State roadless rule finalized

By Matthew Berger

The seven-year process to create a rule governing roadless areas in Colorado’s national forest lands will come to an end today. The rule will exempt Colorado from the federal roadless law, 2001’s Roadless Area Conservation Rule, ...

Mentors linking up with needy

By Amy Hamilton

People shouldn’t have to choose between paying rent and buying food.  That’s the thinking behind a program aimed at getting homeless people who have incomes into permanent housing.  The One Congregation, One Family ...

Is ‘homelessness’ too broad of a term?

By Amy Hamilton

Technically, the Grand Valley’s 10-year plan to end homelessness identifies “homeless” people as anyone without a “fixed, regular, permanent and adequate residence.” In the Grand Valley that label applies to ...

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