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Hantavirus case near Mesa County line reported

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The Garfield County Public Health Department announced Wednesday a county resident contracted hantavirus, and it urged citizens to take precautions to avoid exposure. Health officials said the resident lives in western Garfield County near ...

Council loosens rules on umbrellas with ads

By Amy Hamilton

Being able to keep their patio umbrellas with the Guinness logo at Naggy McGee’s, 359 Colorado Ave., isn’t only convenient, it’s good for business, said owner Vanessa Funches. The same goes for Evan Gluckman, owner of Main ...

CMU to build more student housing

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Months before construction wraps up on a student apartment complex on Orchard Avenue, Colorado Mesa University is ready to break ground on its next student housing development. Colorado Mesa Trustees approved a plan Wednesday during their ...

Bipartisan effort launched to ease drug-addiction penalties

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle want the state to stop criminalizing drug addiction. Instead of incarcerating people for minor possession of drugs, and convicting them of felonies in the process, they should ...

Group to protest provision in Affordable Care Act

By Rachel Sauer

The traffic may be noisy Friday, but the protesters won’t be. They’ll be quiet and still, praying silently in front of the federal courthouse at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue. At noon Friday, people will gather to protest a ...

Bebb-Jones headed to trial in death of wife

By Dennis Webb

Citing about a dozen pieces of circumstantial evidence, a judge in Garfield County on Wednesday bound over former Grand Junction hotel owner Marcus Bebb-Jones for trial on a charge of first-degree murder after deliberation in the death of his ...


Murder charges filed against brothers in death at Clifton mobile home park

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday formally filed first-degree murder charges against a pair of Clifton brothers suspected in the death of a Fruita man earlier this month. Julio Sesar Ortiz, 29, and Jose Juan Ortiz, ...

Rock Jam says Motley Crue, KISS part of lineup

By Melinda Mawdsley

Two of the most popular and influential hard-rock bands in history will make a tour stop this summer in Western Colorado. KISS and Motley Crue are scheduled to play Aug. 24 on the Rock Jam Stage in Mack, event spokeswoman Julie Shafer said in ...


Program prepares first engineers

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Nine students will earn diplomas in May as part of the first graduating class of the Colorado Mesa University and University of Colorado mechanical engineering partnership program. Students in the program attend Colorado Mesa University for ...

Funeral for Taylor set for Monday

By Staff

A memorial service for Gene Taylor, who founded the sporting goods store bearing his name and was active in many philanthropic projects, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. Taylor died March 16 at ...

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