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Winefest attendees fewer, but sales strong

By Dave Buchanan

Blame it on the weather or the torpid economy, but fewer people sipped and slurped their way through the 2011 Colorado Mountain Winefest than in previous years. The latest attendance numbers from the Winefest offices shows 6,174 tickets were ...

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Cancer patient rejects chemo, chooses to walk across Spain

By Melinda Mawdsley

Faced with chemotherapy, Montrose’s Inge Cheatham did what she felt best: She fled to Spain. From mid-September until her Saturday return to western Colorado, Cheatham, 67, along with her great-niece, Carrie Lane, of Grand Junction, ...

Junction man, 29, dead after interstate rollover

By Paul Shockley

A man was killed early Saturday after his sport utility vehicle rolled on Interstate 70 near De Beque. Vicente Lima Leon, 29, of Grand Junction, lost control of his Chevrolet Tahoe about two miles east of De Beque. The SUV left the roadway ...

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Students aim for moon in radio event

By Paul Shockley

Max Adamson talked to the moon Saturday morning. He was greeted with silence, punctuated by a braying donkey curiously observing from a property adjacent to Yolanda Pacheco’s eighth-grade science classroom at Holy Family Catholic ...

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Shotgun, pills turn up in felon’s hotel room

By Paul Shockley

A convicted felon from California with ties to Mesa County was arrested Friday night driving a stolen car, before a search of his hotel room turned up narcotics and a shotgun, according to an arrest affidavit. Zachary B. Hagood, 26, of ...

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Swap gets second, sweeter shot

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PAONIA — Billionaire William Koch has added 811 acres of rugged territory overlooked by Ragged Mountain and legal access to popular, rogue, mountain-bike routes near here to a package he hopes to swap for lands that will consolidate his ...

Mountain biker dies in fall

By Paul Shockley

A man riding a mountain bike near De Beque died Friday from injuries suffered in a fall, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s office. Steven D. Chesley, 62, of Rifle, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a blunt-force neck ...

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Drug cops: Children found in squalid meth apartment

By Paul Shockley

Two parents are suspected of dealing methamphetamine with their young children nearby at a Palisade apartment on Iowa Avenue mired in squalor and “not fit for humans to reside in,” according to an arrest affidavit. Nathan Saffer, ...

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Message to expo visitors: Going green is affordable

By William Woody

By WILLIAM WOODY MONTROSE — Save energy to save money was the message delivered through demonstrations and education Friday at the Generating Possibilities: Smart Energy Living in Western Colorado energy expo at the Montrose ...

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Young Life groups mix faith with fun

By Rachel Sauer

The question seemed straightforward enough, so Jenna Maneotis raised her hand: Who likes bubble gum? She’s normally not the volunteer-in-a-new-situation type, but it was her first Young Life meeting, and she was going with the flow. So, ...

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