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Sell-off now, higher beef prices tomorrow

By Duffy Hayes

All the pressures livestock ranchers are feeling this year are likely to have consequences that reach into the future. One of the expected outcomes is higher beef prices next year. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its ...


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Nonprofits team up to paint pretty shades in Uganda

By Rachel Sauer

It’s not that there isn’t lightness and color in Danida, Uganda. There is — in the smiles and the sunrises and the small beauties of life. But often, in the day to day of just getting by, in the struggle and the stress, ...


Handcuffed county Republicans scramble as Wright stays in race

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With the Mesa County Republican Party leadership paralyzed by the candidacy of Jared Wright, party members have embarked on a frenzied, but so far unsuccessful, search for an alternative to his candidacy. One Republican even considered ...


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Baby needs Band-aid for his heart

By Rachel Sauer

Those cheeks! All you want to do is squeeze those round, rosy cheeks, then grab one of the waving, dimpled hands for a quick kisskisskiss.  He wouldn’t mind. He’s such a happy little guy, all sugar and smiles and twinkly ...


Ruling on Roan
 forces new BLM air-quality reviews

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management says a judge’s ruling regarding drilling on the Roan Plateau has made it necessary to do further air-quality analysis in connection with three other oil and gas development projects in Garfield County. In a ...


Armstrong downfall ‘big blow for cycling’

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Lance Armstrong’s decision to stop fighting doping charges made against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was the right thing to do, former professional cyclist and Grand Junction resident Scott Mercier said. “It’s ...


Man mauled by bear near Lake City

By Lory Pounder

A 50-year-old Colorado Springs man was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released following an early morning encounter with a bear while camping in the area of Lake San Cristobal near Lake City this week. “He did all he ...


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Man who shot 
‘random dude’
 gets 64 years

By Paul Shockley

Sitting across from Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigator Pete Burg late last year, 18-year-old Aaron Plotner said he’d have no problem killing the deputy. “Would you shoot me?” Burg asked Plotner. “I ...


Upgrade to Rifle veterans home possible with $2.4 million grant

By Dennis Webb

Improvements are in store for residents of the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The facility, operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, is being ...


‘American Idol’ auditions slated at Canyon View

By Melinda Mawdsley

Auditions for the hit TV show “American Idol” are Monday at Canyon View Park near the Gunnison Shelter. Look for the big, blue tour bus if you get lost, Grand Junction city spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said. The Grand Junction stop ...


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