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Cherries, apricots, peaches all ripening 2-3 weeks early

By Matthew Berger

Cherries have arrived at Grand Valley fruit stands two to three weeks early this spring, a trend that growers expect to continue throughout the summer with everything from apricots to tomatoes to peaches. Though many are calling this crop a ...

Council unease rose over White Hall

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members agreed the city should take over the deed on the burned-out White Hall after considering that the structure had not been covered by fire insurance and that suing its owner for demolition costs would be ...


Teen hops on ATV to help Cedaredge neighbors

By Paul Shockley

Cross a teenage Evel Knievel with Tim Tebow and you have J.D. TenNapel. The 15-year-old high-school quarterback in waiting on Friday rode through flames in a frantic effort to warn others of danger, then phoned from his hospital bed concerned ...

Crews look for flareups, cause of Cedaredge fire

By Paul Shockley

A multiagency team of nearly 60 firefighters from western Colorado and beyond on Saturday started dribbling away from the scene of Friday’s blaze north of Cedaredge as focused shifted to determining a cause. Kevin Walker, chief of the ...

Slaps, taps, police reports from GOP meeting

By Paul Shockley

UPDATE: Video released by The Colorado Observer. So was it a polite tap or a menacing slap? It depends which police report you believe in the aftermath of an oddly heated May 9 executive board meeting of the Mesa County Republican ...

Pace: Tipton blew chance to trim fat

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s vote against lowering congressional franking budgets by 10 percent Friday is contrary to his promise to cut federal spending, said his Democratic opponent, Sal Pace. Tipton was one of 230 Republicans and 79 ...

Shooting suspect jailed in Denver

By Paul Shockley

A former Fruita resident wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with last week’s shooting at a Horizon Drive hotel was arrested in Denver on Saturday. Joseph Martin Lara, 26, was booked into the Denver County Jail ...


Fed critic collects nearly $200,000 in farm subsidies

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John Justman, the Lower Valley farmer and Mesa County Commission hopeful who has framed himself as a stalwart opponent of federal interference in local affairs, has collected more than $195,000 in farm subsidies over the last 15 ...


Birds in rehab need larger flight cage

By Dennis Webb

A Silt-area wildlife rehabilitation center appreciates the donations that will allow it to build a bigger flight cage — even if the center’s efforts to help eagles and other raptors aren’t always appreciated by the birds ...


Sacred Heart raising funds for new building

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The congregation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church knows it’s time to go. Their pretty church, built in 1890 on Aspen Avenue, was perfect when Fruita was a much smaller town. These days, the aging rock walls can barely hold the people ...

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