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Warm upper air traps smog over valley

By Amy Hamilton

You may have been less than excited to see an old acquaintance sneak back into town this past week. A weather-related inversion much like its notorious cousin, a similarly unwanted guest that stayed too long last year, has crept back onto its ...

Transportation manager chosen for Transit and Rail Advisory panel

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction resident Todd Hollenbeck was appointed Friday to a newly created committee designed to help the Colorado Department of Transportation deal with transit and rail issues. The 17-member Transit and Rail Advisory Committee is to ...

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Candidate George knows value of education

By Dennis Webb

Russ George knows full well the importance of a good education. “I started out on a farm, and education was everything for us,” he said. The Rifle High School graduate, who today still lives in Rifle, went on to get a degree from ...

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Water line break forces downtown hotel to evacuate guests to next door

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A downtown Grand Junction hotel was evacuated Thursday night after a water pipe burst, sending water cascading from an upper floor into the lobby. The Grand Junction Fire Department was called to Main Street Suites, 225 Main St., around 8:15 ...


Woman charged in the murder of 4-month-old

By Paul Shockley

A Montrose woman arrested last week in connection with the October death of an infant boy was charged formally Thursday with murder. Maria Espinosa-Zavala, 31, was charged by the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s office with first-degree ...

Judge refuses guilty pleas in teen’s death

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County judge on Thursday declined to accept guilty pleas from a Clifton teenager charged in the shooting death of his friend. Kenneth Cates, 16, had sought to plead guilty to a felony count of tampering with evidence, as well as ...

Antero puts off plan to increase gas-well densities

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County commissioners’ pleas to an energy company and residents to talk through conflicts regarding drilling near Silt appear to be bearing fruit. Antero Resources this week agreed to postpone requests for increased ...

Lame laws targeted

By Charles Ashby

In Colorado, married women may own property, telephone callers must give up a party line in an emergency, and hospitals are exempt from liability caused by the Year 2000 millennium bug. Those are only a few of the outdated or archaic laws ...

Grand Junction ranks near top in job loss

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Grand Junction experienced one of the nation’s highest year-over-year percentage drops in employment in November. Grand Junction had 1,200 fewer nonfarm payroll employees in November 2010 than it had in November 2009, according to ...

New trustees stay neutral on hospital, Montrose County flap

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Three new members of the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees said they have no immediate position on the dispute between the trustees board and the county commissioners who appointed them. Dianna Reams, Dr. Steven Sawyer and Nancy ...

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