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Briefs, July 4, 2012

By Staff

College-planning clinic starts Monday Local independent educational consultant Kara Kyle will offer a six-week college-planning clinic for high school juniors and seniors beginning Monday. The clinic will offer 12 hours of instruction and ...

Partners boys claim abuse by volunteer

By Amy Hamilton

A 50-year-old Grand Junction man who had been a Mesa County Partners volunteer to four juveniles since 2009 was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of molesting two of the boys. Mark Anthony Bustamante is facing two felony counts of sexual assault ...

Search for replacement judge in Montrose County to begin this month

By Staff

The 17th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet later this month to interview and select candidates for Montrose County judge. A vacancy was created when County Judge Jerry Montgomery resigned last week, according to the Colorado ...


Meis rebuffed again over ticket

By Paul Shockley

In his latest exchange with police over petty tickets, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis was cited last weekend on suspicion of violating a fire ban in Chaffee County when his camping party lit up a small charcoal grill. Meis denied ...

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 ...

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