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Living with the new normal, redefining success in recession

By Amy Hamilton

For many people, the recession is undeniably taking its toll with its cruel rounds of job losses, spiking foreclosure rates and plummeting stock values. While the outlook looks grim for many, a recession or a crisis of this sort may be just ...


A safe passage: Competition in Vail hopes to help wildlife cross the road

By Dave Buchanan

Vail Pass and Interstate 70, which one biologist sagely dubbed the “Berlin Wall for wildlife” for the roadway’s ability to block wildlife passage, has been selected as the site for an international competition for designing ...


Area births and marriages, Dec. 19, 2009

By Staff

BIRTHS St. Mary’s Hospital Charles Smith and Lacie Trover, Grand Junction, a son, Nov. 27. Dagoberto and Zulema Moreno, Grand Junction, a daughter, Dec. 4. Shane Flynn and Shasta Hill, Fruita, a daughter, Dec. 5. Charles Langstaff ...


Religion briefs, Dec. 19, 2009

By Staff

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols set Episcopal Church of the Nativity will present its third annualFestival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. Sunday at 2175 Broadway. The concert tells the Christmas story in the tradition of ...


Recession over in Colorado, economist tells legislators

By Staff

The recession in Colorado is over, but the recovery is just beginning, the Legislature’s chief economist declared Friday. Natalie Mullis told state legislators in Denver that while all signs indicate the worst recession to hit the state ...


Mesa County jobless rate slips; is still state’s highest

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County’s unemployment rate has decreased each month since peaking in July. But new in November was an increase in the number of people employed in the county. The local seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 8.5 ...


Junction suspect accused of dealing meth from home

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A Grand Junction man was arrested early Thursday morning on multiple felony drug charges, accused of running a methamphetamine-distribution operation out of a home that featured a video surveillance system and equipment to detect monitoring ...


Proposal for uranium mill moves to next phase

By Staff

The Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill to be located 12 miles west of Naturita got initial approval Friday on its application to build a mining facility. But that doesn’t mean the Paradox Valley plant is anywhere near approved to actually be ...


Sex assaults alleged on 6-year-old girl

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of 10 months, ending in the fall of last year. Brian Leo Erickson, 34, was ordered held in Mesa County Jail on $150,000 bond after his arrest Thursday by ...


No contact with single mothers, judge tells Fruita sex offender

By Paul Shockley

A judge ordered a Fruita man Friday to have no contact with single mothers, then sentenced him to 10 years to life on probation. Robert Fortier, 40, was ordered by District Judge Richard Gurley to complete intensive sex-offender treatment and ...


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