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Election win could put cop out of day job

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Jared Wright, a Fruita police officer and GOP nominee for House District 54, is likely to be out of a full-time job when the Legislature convenes in 2013. Fruita Mayor Ken Henry, who is winding up his term as mayor, said Monday he wants to ...


GarCo board adopts shale plan critique

By Dennis Webb

Over the objections of numerous local residents, Garfield County commissioners Monday unanimously approved a resolution critical of the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to sharply reduce acreage available for potential oil shale ...


Driver issued ticket in fatal Clifton crash

By Paul Shockley

A Michigan man who drove a passenger car involved in an early morning fatal crash Saturday in Clifton has been issued a summons, the Colorado State Patrol said. Curtis Berenguer, 19, one of three cadets with the U.S. Air Force Academy who ...


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Two unaffiliated candidates hope to make noise in Mesa County Commission District 1 race

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They weren’t invited to participate in the Colorado Mesa University Republicans’ candidate forum last month. They sat and watched as their Republican and Democratic counterparts made their pitches and gained notoriety during party ...


Aircraft firm waits for U.S. approval

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Extra Aircraft, which two years ago designated Montrose its U.S. headquarters, remains interested in the deal to build business aircraft. Likewise local officials. The immediate issue, however, is that the German company founded by aviator ...


‘State of the Student’ speech set for Thursday at CMU

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Colorado Mesa University student body President Justin Kawcak will deliver a “State of the Student” speech at 2 p.m. Thursday in the University Center’s West Ballroom. Kawcak, a master of business administration student at ...


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Testimony starts today in trooper’s trial

By Paul Shockley

A jury of four men and 10 women, among them a local financial adviser and upper-level banking executive, will hear opening statements today in the trial of a Colorado State Patrol trooper charged in the 2010 death of Redlands resident Jason ...


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Walcher running as write-in candidate for Mesa County Commission District 3

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Woody Walcher, who lost his bid last month to run for District 3 on the Mesa County Commission, will offer himself to Republican voters in the June 26 primary. Walcher will seek the party’s nomination as a write-in candidate in the ...


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Geothermal system cuts university’s bill $300,000 each year

By Matthew Berger

About 3 feet below Delta Field, between the Fine Arts Building and Wubben Hall, is an underground field of looping pipes, spaced 25 feet apart and extending 50 feet into the Earth’s crust. This is one of four drill fields on the ...


Officer grabs man trying to jump from Fifth Street bridge after suicide threat

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A 21-year-old man threatening to commit suicide got a second chance at life on Easter, thanks to the quick actions of Grand Junction police. The man called 911 at 6:30 a.m. and told dispatchers he was going to jump off a bridge in the Grand ...


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