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Man nabbed in discount store robbery

By Paul Shockley

A man allegedly used a cordless power drill to mimic a handgun, stuffed inside his pants, while robbing an Orchard Mesa discount store on Sunday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Gary Michael Lynn Barnet, 29, of Washington, was ...


Oxbow pays BLM nearly $1 million for coal lease

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management this week netted nearly $1 million in leasing 726 acres to Oxbow Mining LLC, to allow expansion of its Elk Creek Mine just north of Somerset. Oxbow paid $990,264 in order to be able to develop about 4 million ...


Hearing in July for slay suspect

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A Cedaredge man charged with second-degree murder in the 2010 death of his wife faces a preliminary hearing June 25. Delta County Judge Sandra K. Miller set the hearing date on Thursday after scolding Billy Dean Kissner for tardiness for the ...


Governor to hit GJ, Rifle for bill-signing

By Staff

Gov. John Hickenlooper will tour the state to sign several bills starting today, including a couple of stops in Grand Junction and Rifle. After a trip that will take him through Pueblo and Durango, the Democratic governor will arrive in Grand ...


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Elementary teacher returns early letters to students as they finish high school

By Melinda Mawdsley

Becky Karisny does not consider herself special, but there are probably hundreds of current and former Mesa County residents who disagree. For the past 19 years, Karisny has mailed a packet of personal letters and photographs to each of her ...


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Summit aims to stem high suicide rate

By Amy Hamilton

Eric Gomez Jr. would have celebrated his sweet 16th birthday Thursday. Yet instead of marking a happy occasion, the late teenager’s family gathered at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, remembering the son they lost. It didn’t have be this ...


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Heroin suspect is jailed twice in 24 hours

By Paul Shockley

A Colorado Mesa University student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of dealing heroin, less than seven hours after he posted bond at the Mesa County Jail stemming from his arrest the night before for the same charge, according to court ...


CMU-Montrose campus set for makeover

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Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus broke ground Thursday on a $1.4 million remodeling project. A combination of three federal grants secured by the city of Montrose will pay for $470,000 of the project. CMU is collecting ...


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Family hopes to sell car, give school part of profit

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For sale: A 2008 Nissan Quest with 58,000 miles, a roomy interior and a chance to benefit a local school. Grand Junction couple Chuck and Leah Pabst posted an advertisement for their minivan this week on Craigslist.org. The Pabsts plan to ...


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DA cites conflict in judge-threat case

By Paul Shockley

A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of a Grand Junction man accused of threatening to kill a Mesa County judge. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson on Wednesday sat in on a hearing in the case of 24-year-old Justin ...


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