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Preventive step against leg clots

By Amy Hamilton

An inventor trying to get his foot in the door with a device to prevent blood clotting in the leg recently got a boost from the U.S. government. Matthew Mayer of Grand Junction, founder of Leap Frogg LLC, has a patent pending on a device that ...


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Board split on top county job

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When the Mesa County Commission offered the county administrator job to former Florida executive Michael Freilinger two weeks ago, the three-member board appeared to present a unified front in support of its selection. Commissioner Craig Meis ...


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Meis defies his critics

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A defiant Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis on Tuesday rejected calls that he resign over allegations he abused his power to try to avoid a ticket. He insisted he never raised his elected position with a law-enforcement officer and accused a ...


Lochmiller Jr. guilty of fraud

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The son of the owner of Valley Investments, which collapsed last year with more than $30 million in investor funds, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that could land him in prison for 15 years. No sentencing date for Philip Rand Lochmiller ...


City’s choice: police, 911 under one roof

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members agree the best option for a public safety center is to combine a new police station and 911 emergency center under one roof. Included in that plan is the remodeling of the Grand Junction Fire ...


Fruita rejects smoking ban in city parks

By Paul Shockley

The Fruita City Council rejected an ordinance that would have banned smoking in city parks, with Mayor Ken Henry casting the deciding vote for a divided council. “This thing goes too far,” Henry said in voting “no” ...


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County OKs facility for oil wastewater

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A Grand Junction business that was initially turned away in its plan to treat and dispose of oil and gas wastewater south of Whitewater won approval the second time around Tuesday after reducing the scope of its proposal to try to minimize ...


Cooking matters: stretching your food dollar

By Amy Hamilton

Onions sizzle in an aluminum pan. Eggs are split into bowls, soon to be whisked. The chop, chop, chop of knives slicing potatoes produces thuds throughout the room. You might blink twice, thinking you’re on the scene of a gourmet ...


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Producers: Appetite is growing for natural-gas powered vehicles

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Natural gas is taking strides toward recognition as a transportation fuel that can displace gasoline and diesel, industry representatives said Tuesday. Fleet operators, municipalities and others are beginning to look to natural gas as a fuel, ...


District 51 may curb animals on campus

By Emily Shockley

A new policy for animals on School District 51 grounds went through first reading during Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The policy, which likely will be adopted during the board’s next meeting on Dec. 14, seeks to regulate ...


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