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No death penalty decision for Thames

By Paul Shockley

Giving no audible response to several questions asked by County Court Judge Gretchen Larson, 39-year-old Douglas Thames Jr. was advised Friday of a possible death sentence if convicted in the 1994 slaying of Palisade resident Jacie ...


Photo released of naked man on trails

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County Sheriff’s Department authorities released a photo Friday of a man they consider a person of interest in connection with sightings of naked men on local trails, and they hope to learn his name and whereabouts. “He ...


Palisade byway beckons

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The eastern end of the Grand Valley has long been the oasis in the valley’s desert, its seemingly endless rows of lush fruit trees and vineyards attracting residents and tourists alike on a get-up-and-go Saturday or lazy Sunday ...

Task force announces series of drug arrests

By Dennis Webb

A multi-agency task force on Friday said it has made 30 arrests in Garfield and Eagle counties since last November, including arrests resulting from an investigation at a winter music festival in Avon. The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or ...

Spill-fine money may be used in tamarisk battle

By Dennis Webb

Plans are in the works to do tamarisk removal in Garfield County using fine money from a high-profile spill of fluids by Berry Petroleum during the winter of 2007–08. Berry has been working with the Colorado River Water Conservation ...


Grand Junction candidate for president lands spot on Texas ballot

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Every Republican on the presidential primary ballot in Texas has made a splash only to disappear from view as the long primary season has droned on. Well, all but two. To be sure, Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, is on the ballot. ...


Investigator’s testimony in slaying case lost to credibility concern

By Dennis Webb

A principal investigator in the case of alleged murderer Marcus Bebb-Jones has resigned from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, apparently over allegations that he improperly used a department credit card, and he won’t testify ...

Police: Woman purchased gun used in killing illegally

By Paul Shockley

A handgun allegedly used in an Orchard Mesa slaying on Thanksgiving night was illegally purchased at a local sporting goods store, authorities said Thursday. Tamika Wilson, 23, posted $7,500 bond at the Mesa County Jail on Wednesday after ...

Judge tosses suit claiming health harm by Antero

By Dennis Webb

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit in which a family had accused Antero Resources of harming their health through its oil and gas operations on Silt Mesa. Denver District Court Judge Ann Frick found that lawyers for Bill and Beth Strudley had ...

Civil unions one of seven issues before lawmakers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Civil unions won’t be the only topic of discussion Monday when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session. Among the seven topics set by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is a bill reconsidering Sen. ...

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