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Ritter requests student input from Mesa State

By Charles Ashby

Keep class sizes small and support programs designed to aid students in more than just financial matters, a handful of Mesa State College students told Gov. Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter on Friday. In a two-day trip to the Western ...

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Teenagers suspects in carjacking

By Paul Shockley

Three teenagers face a variety of possible felony charges for allegedly stopping a vehicle early Sunday and taking off with it, according to arrest affidavits. Benjamin J. Garcia, 18, 472 N. Sun Court, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of a ...

Toy drive appears to be success in valley

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Although it started slowly, this year’s Christmas toy drive is picking up steam as it approaches its collection deadline Wednesday. “Some barrels we’re emptying more than once a day,” Gary Blackman said of the many ...

Cops seek two armed Burger King robbers

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Grand Junction police are looking for two suspects who robbed an Orchard Mesa fast-food restaurant Thursday night. The robbers, both believed to be male and both wearing masks or bandannas and dark clothing, accosted employees at the Burger ...


Molester arrested at children’s program

By Charles Ashby

A Grand Junction man who failed to renew his registration as a convicted sex offender was arrested Thursday while attending a children’s Christmas program. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department had been looking for the 30-year-old ...

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Woman’s passion for cars on display at new museum

By Melinda Mawdsley

Girls just want to have fun. But Tammy Allen is confident she knows a place where guys will want to hang out, too. The car museum that Allen, 50, has longed to have for decades is ready to open, giving the Grand Junction woman a chance to ...

Assistant pleads guilty in investment scheme

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The executive assistant to the owner of failed Valley Investments in Grand Junction faces as many as five years in prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge. Shawnee Carver, 34, was the executive assistant to Valley Investments ...

One injured in truck fire at drilling well pad

By Dennis Webb

One person suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon when a hot oiler truck caught fire at an Antero Resources well pad between Silt and Rifle. Investigators are looking into the fire’s cause. The Rifle Fire Protection District said ...

Ritter lauds health care consortium in Grand Junction

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Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday recognized the contribution of a health care consortium centered in Grand Junction. The Colorado Beacon Consortium, informally called the Grand Junction system, has been held up by President Obama and others as a ...

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Homeless suspect arrested in beating

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A homeless man remains in Mesa County Jail on $200,000 bond in connection with a weekend fight in which a witness said he bragged of beating another homeless man with a cane. The victim is in no immediate danger of dying, but it’s ...

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