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Child-abuse suspect subject of earlier county probe

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton woman, along with a young girl the woman is accused of repeatedly abusing, had been the focus of an open investigation by the Mesa County Department of Human Services, before the girl suffered fresh injuries in early May, according ...


State, Oxy settle Parachute enforcement action

By Dennis Webb

State regulators have backed off a recommendation to impose a record $500,000 fine against Oxy USA in connection with alleged groundwater contamination northwest of Parachute, and the company has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle the ...


Tax service company to look at closure of local franchises

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Liberty Tax Service officials are to visit Grand Junction, where two offices of the franchise business are closed for lack of rent payments. “They said they’re going to take care of it,” said Rodney Power, owner of the ...


Udall backs Obama on bin Laden photos

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Photos of the bullet-riddled face of Osama bin Laden ought not be made public, said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, viewed classified photos of the mastermind of the ...


Council approves grant to boost capabilities of Grand Junction bomb squad

By Amy Hamilton

A $290,000 bomb containment unit should help the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad safely detonate or transport explosive materials. Grand Junction City Council members on Monday night unanimously gave their approval for the ...


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Skating through life leads to Palisade graduate’s big break

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Perhaps it’s the grittiness that comes with competing in her favorite sport since she was in elementary school. Maybe it’s the unwavering support of her family. Whatever the reason, Emily Zamora has played off it to accomplish her ...


County OKs expanded alcohol area for festival

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Mesa County commissioners agreed unanimously Monday to temporarily more than double the area in which alcohol can be served at the county fairgrounds, a move intended to accommodate a country music festival to be held there next ...


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Central High senior already knows about giving back

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Michael Chaffin stood alone among his 377 Central High School classmates when Principal Jody Diers asked on Monday morning who among the Class of 2011 had donated a vital organ so that a relative might live. Chaffin donated a kidney last ...


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2011 class final crop of grads under old Mesa State moniker

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Mesa State College likely graduated its last class Sunday. Next year’s degrees from the institution will say Colorado Mesa University if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a bill allowing the college to change its name, something he is ...


Hits, misses the theme of 2011 session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—When Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State speech at the start of 2011 legislative session in January, he said a lot of things Republican lawmakers liked. Boost oil and gas development, reduce ...


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