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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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St. Joseph begins ambitious expansion

By Rachel Sauer

It’s always the first step that requires the most faith — the journey begun, the project undertaken. Wednesday morning, staff, parishioners and volunteers at St. Joseph Catholic Church watched a team from Vista Paving Corp. begin ...

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Out with nachos, in with whole-grain, fruit

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School lunch doesn’t taste the way it did when Cooper Strand was in elementary school. “It tastes healthier than when I was little,” Strand, 14, said after having his first lunch Wednesday as a Central High School student. ...

Team finds clues of region’s earliest inhabitants

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The rock overhang sits at the mouth of a small canyon in the Salt Creek valley north of Loma. There are likely thousands of similar geological features scattered among the sagebrush- and juniper-dotted hills of northwest Colorado. But this ...

Deputy’s groin grab reasonable, sheriff says

By Paul Shockley

A deputy’s move to grab the testicles of a man who was resisting arrest was reasonable given the circumstances, albeit unorthodox, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday. Sheriff’s Department Deputy Hassan ...

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