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Performing Arts Center to open on Main

By Melinda Mawdsley

The bare walls and torn-out ceiling tiles seem depressing, but Terri Schafer couldn’t be more excited. All she sees when she looks at the emptiness of the downtown Grand Junction building is an opportunity to bring consistent theater ...

Meeting scheduled on high-voltage line

By Staff

A meeting for comment on a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would run through northwest Colorado and connect a wind farm in Wyoming to Las Vegas will be Jan. 31 in Grand Junction. The meeting is intended to collect public comment ...

Second stolen pit bull pup found at Mesa County home

By Dennis Webb

The Rifle Animal Shelter manager said she’s surprised and elated that the second of two stolen pit bull puppies has been returned two months after its disappearance. The dog, named Beretta, was found Jan. 15 at a Mesa County home after ...

Traffic Alert, Jan. 23, 2011

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: Downtown Uplift: The 500 block of Main Street will be closed to through traffic starting Monday for reconstruction. Both the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street are closed to ...

Barista champ stands her ground on brews

By Paul Shockley

Shunning law school for lattes, 28-year-old California resident Heather Perry said her profession can make for interesting conversation. When describing what she does, Perry said she usually goes with the standard “I’m in the ...


Half of District 51 schools are at or over capacity

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Voters who were certain school crowding in District 51 would right itself without 2008’s school bond measure were partially right. The prediction that enrollment would decrease at over-capacity schools as local unemployment increased ...

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Tiny Jurassic croc skull similar to Asian reptiles

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A tiny crocodile-like creature that died in the late Jurassic Period and whose skull was found in Delta County has been shown under a powerful new microscope to be significantly different from crocs of a similar age found in Mesa County. If ...

Grand Junction schools’ test scores to be used in global study

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Grand Mesa Middle School and West Middle School eighth-graders will be among students at 50 Colorado schools to participate in an international math and science assessment this year. Students in 51 countries will take the Trends in ...


New secretary of state plans to moonlight

By Charles Ashby

The secretary of state’s job doesn’t pay enough, and the Republican recently elected to that post wants to do some moonlighting to earn more, Scott Gessler confirmed Friday. Gessler, who defeated Grand Junction resident Bernie ...

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Habitual criminal pleads not guilty in escape

By Paul Shockley

A former Clifton man pleaded not guilty Friday to an escape charge, just under four months after his extradition from Mexico in the wake of his escape from the Mesa County Jail. Shane Edward Johnson, who turned 43 on Friday, entered his not ...

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