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Million-rider barrier broken by Grand Valley Transit

By Charles Ashby

Grand Valley Transit reached a milestone Wednesday, topping 1 million riders for the first time in its 11-year existence. Trouble is, though, Grand Valley Transit officials couldn’t say who exactly was that millionth rider. So, instead ...

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Grand Junction man in GarCo jail after chase along airport runway

By Dennis Webb

A Grand Junction man remained in Garfield County Jail on Wednesday following a lengthy police chase that culminated when, deputies allege, he drove down an airport runway after they tried to arrest him at gunpoint. Jason Allen Lewis, 28, was ...

Judge denies troopers’ immunity claim in fatal Redlands shooting in July 2010

By Paul Shockley

Two Colorado State Patrol troopers charged in the 2010 slaying of Redlands resident Jason Kemp do not have legal immunity from prosecution, Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley said in a ruling handed down Friday. Denver attorney Harvey ...

University gets $1.6M to promote alternative energy

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Colorado Mesa University’s proposal to promote western Colorado as a focus of unconventional-energy development got a $1.6 million boost Wednesday. The Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease Board unanimously voted to spend the money — ...

Outdoors jobs bolster economy, study shows

By Dave Buchanan

A recent study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said healthy lands and waters provided more than 6 million jobs in the outdoor industry and generated $730 billion nationally in 2006. Many of those jobs and the economic boost they ...


Cheap power the windfall of waterfalls

By Dennis Webb

The power of falling water demonstrates itself in a narrow valley just below Harvey Gap Reservoir north of Silt. There, water exiting below the dam drops some 370 feet in elevation in about a mile, eroding gullies and depositing sediment that ...

Glenwood man accused of firing at deputy was drunk

By Dennis Webb

A man accused of firing multiple times at a Garfield County Sheriff’s Department deputy Monday was intoxicated at the time and had a history of getting out of hand when drunk, an arrest affidavit said. The affidavit said neighbors told ...

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Fugitive caught in car used in escape

By Paul Shockley

Grand Junction fugitive Dartanin Mitchell was arrested in Denver riding in the same Buick sedan that authorities believe he stole when he escaped from custody last month in Kansas, according to court records. The vehicle, a 2001 Buick Century ...

Powderhorn donating half of opening-day sales to groups

By Dave Buchanan

When Powderhorn Mountain Resort opens its 45th season at 9 a.m. Thursday, the smiles will spread far beyond Grand Mesa. The resort will donate 50 percent of its opening-day lift-ticket sales to two local nonprofit organizations, Colorado ...

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Lunch Loop system to add Three Sisters

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction can boast a bit more about its outdoor-friendly lifestyle after Mesa Land Trust won a grant to help purchase 130 acres of land that will be added to the popular Lunch Loop trail system. Great Outdoors Colorado announced Tuesday ...

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