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Downtown will switch on holiday season earlier this year

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The holiday season will get an early start this year with the annual Wells Fargo Christmas Tree Lighting moved up a week. The lighting ceremony traditionally has taken place on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which signals the ...


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Grand Valley home prices go up in 3Q

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For the first time in more than two years, the median price of houses sold rose in the third quarter of 2010. “It may be premature to declare a ‘bottom’ to the market, but this is the first hint that prices may be ...


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Contract approval advances Parachute interchange project

By Dennis Webb

Planners took another step forward Monday on a project that should provide eventual relief for energy workers and others who face backups at Parachute’s only Interstate 70 interchange. Garfield County commissioners approved a contract ...


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Two life terms for defiant Nemnich

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In the cold, unblinking eye of the law, the 35 minutes spent Monday in Courtroom 12 on the fourth floor of the Mesa County Justice Center were long on formalities and short on emotional debate. The only matter for the judge to decide was ...


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Veteran cop on cold cases: ‘I know we can do a lot more’

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If not for the countless hours Larry Bullard volunteered to sift through police reports and reinterview witnesses about events that occurred more than 30 years ago, Linda Benson and Kelley Ketchum’s killer might very well still be ...


Museum eyes Blue Mesa fossils

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The Museum of Western Colorado garnered a $40,000 grant from the National Park Service to salvage fossils from the banks of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Museum paleontologists collected some material from the Curecanti National Recreation Area ...


Boy, 12, ruled unfit to be charged with sex assault

By Amy Hamilton

A 12-year-old boy with a history of sexual assault has been deemed mentally incompetent to be charged in another sexual assault investigation, according to a hearing in juvenile court Monday. Steve Laiche, the attorney for Alex Pankey,  ...


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Vandals hit Rifle shelter, take pit bull pups

By Dennis Webb

Pit bull puppies Colt and Beretta came from a good home and were headed for others. Now, their fates are unknown after they were stolen from the Rifle Animal Shelter. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department on Monday released a ...


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River area brush fire contained

By Charles Ashby

Smoke blanketed downtown Monday from a small fire that burned brush and a few cottonwood trees along the Colorado River behind the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. The fire, which started just before 2 p.m., burned about five acres but ...


4 accused of robbing 2 fellow Mesa students

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Four Mesa State College students have been arrested in connection with the robbery of two other students from whom they had arranged to buy marijuana. Enyinna C. Irechukwu, 19; Joshua Green, 20; Christopher Hale, 20; and Keith Blackmon, 19, ...


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