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Risks pay off for amateur winemakers

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The first batch of wine Rocky Hutson ever made was not his finest. “You could’ve peeled paint with it,” he said. Five years after picking up the hobby of amateur winemaking, Hutson took home a gold medal for his 2009 Peach ...


After nearly two-year wait, trial to begin for man, 70, in assault of companion

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After almost 22 months during which William Rydell has been locked up in the Mesa County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, his friends are hoping his day in court finally has arrived. Prosecutors feel the same way. Rydell, 70, faces one count ...


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Staff shortages, fewer visits segue into closure of substation, end to mall cops

By Paul Shockley

The Grand Junction Police Department will close its substation at Mesa Mall at the start of next year, the product of staff shortages elsewhere and fewer visits by shoppers. The Police Department, which has had a storefront presence since ...


Fetus issue on ballot again; voters will see health care question

By Charles Ashby

In addition to the three most controversial measures on this fall’s ballot, a slew of others are getting voters’ attention. Among them is Amendment 62, which would declare a fetus a person at “the beginning of the biological ...


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Greek Festival a herculean cooking effort

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The sweet smell of freshly baked phyllo dough and the happy sounds of women’s laughter wafted from the open screen door of the kitchen at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Wednesday morning. It takes several weeks for the women ...


Parachute losing students, gaining in test scores

By Dennis Webb

The school district in western Garfield County’s energy development heartland is seeing a second straight year of sharply declining enrollment. And that’s a shame, because the quality of education is getting better and better for ...


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Mesa County budget cuts: ‘We are amputating limbs’

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Paula Moore’s and John Bruce Dodson’s killers might very well be walking free today if not for the diligence of investigators in the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office. Moore was raped and strangled inside a Grand ...


Sex assault on a child alleged

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A Grand Junction man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor. Matthew Adolf Stock, 39, was booked into Mesa County Jail after Mesa County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a possible ...


School District 51 in line to put classes online

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School District 51 plans to add an online school to its academic offerings this year. The District 51 Board of Education will decide Tuesday whether to approve the creation of Grand River Virtual Academy, which will offer online classes for ...


The cold facts on hot ballot measures

By Charles Ashby

An analysis of the nine measures on this fall’s ballot, and what they could cost state and local governments, will be coming to voters’ mailboxes in the next two weeks. Each year, the Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research ...


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