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Man who tangled with police dog to face habitual criminal charges

By Paul Shockley

A man suspected of trying to drown a police dog Wednesday will be charged as a habitual criminal, a Mesa County prosecutor said Friday. Richard Stieb, 38, of Grand Junction, faces a maximum 64 years if convicted of the habitual criminal ...


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Murderer blames victim, gets 48-year max sentence

By Paul Shockley

In a rambling 10-minute speech, a Rifle man who pleaded guilty in the beating death of a De Beque rancher told a judge he was sorry before repeatedly blaming the victim. “This man couldn’t keep his mouth shut,” 44-year-old ...


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2009 income drops in Junction

By Emily Shockley

After growing 8.4 percent in total annual personal-income from 2007 to 2008, the fourth-highest jump in the nation, Grand Junction residents’ average personal income dropped 3.98 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, placing Grand Junction ...


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Police dog nearly drowned

By Paul Shockley

A man with a long arrest history was jailed on suspicion that he tried to drown a Grand Junction police dog that tracked the man a quarter-mile from the scene of a suspected burglary late Wednesday. Richard Stieb, 38, was booked into Mesa ...


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On a roll against government spending

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A rolling protest of federal spending passed through Grand Junction on Thursday, attracting about 15 people to a rally where they could write messages about spending on the side of the bus. Spending Revolt, one of several projects backed by ...


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Bloody gear found in river close to body, advocate says

By Paul Shockley

Hours before the discovery of a man’s body in the Colorado River, a pair of transients Wednesday pulled a blood-soaked sleeping bag from a nearby section of the river, according to a Grand Junction homeless advocate. Jacob Richards, ...


Record fine for Williams in benzene leak case

By Dennis Webb

State regulators Thursday unanimously signed off on a record $423,300 fine against Williams for benzene contamination of a spring that led to a man becoming ill in 2008. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission acted in a case that ...


Parcel near Collbran fetches highest per-acre price at oil and gas lease sale

By Dennis Webb

A Mesa County parcel received the highest per-acre bid Thursday in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Colorado. Axia Energy of Denver bid $1,090 per acre for 157 acres north of Collbran. The ...


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Drilling rig numbers start to climb in Piceance

By Staff

Thirty-five rigs now are operating in the Piceance Basin as Colorado is poised to issue 6,500 permits to drill this year, officials said. The 6,500 permits would be the second-most issued by the state in a year. “We continue to have a ...


Police blotter, Aug. 13, 2010

By Staff

Fruita lifts burn ban Recent rains and higher moisture content prompted the city of Fruita and the Lower Valley Fire Protection District to announce Thursday they’re rescinding a burn ban. The ban was issued July 8. The decision by ...


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