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090910 Johnmark Hurley

Oxygen-deprived toddler’s progress stuns parents

By Amy Hamilton

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Johnmark Hurley can let go of the kid-sized wheelchair that had helped the spunky toddler get around. After heading to two ability camps made possible by community donations, the 3-year-old now ...


County to send refunds to businesses for personal property, equipment taxes

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Mesa County commissioners on Monday kept their vow to try to help local businesses, cutting taxes collected on business personal property and equipment by $500,000. The move will result in a refund of a portion of the taxes the county ...


090210 Bear Ranch 1

Bear Ranch road opened, but to nowhere

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The gate marking the entry onto the Bear Ranch above public land behind Paonia Reservoir no longer is locked, but anyone planning to drive it would do well to be well versed in driving in reverse. Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Murdie last week ...


Salazar, Tipton camps tussle over ‘Let’s roll’ comment

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U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., wants an explanation from his Republican challenger about invoking the rallying cry aboard United Flight 93 to begin the Club 20 debate on Saturday. Salazar, however, will be unable to confront Scott Tipton ...


Officials exhaust steps for getting back taxes

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Mesa County on Monday canceled more than $27,000 in unpaid personal property taxes owed by now-defunct local businesses. State law allows counties to forgo those taxes determined to be uncollectable after they are deemed delinquent. The taxes ...


Police: Infant’s death suspicious

By Paul Shockley

Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said the death of a 14-month-old girl Saturday is considered suspicious. The girl, Hailey L. Rocha, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Montrose Memorial Hospital on Saturday night. Cause and manner of ...


091210 Truck in the river

Crash sends truck into the Colorado; two men injured

By Melinda Mawdsley

Two men were injured and one vehicle ended up in the Colorado River after a two-vehicle accident Sunday morning on Interstate 70. Just after 8 a.m., Lynn Rich, 45, from White Rock, Utah, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck east between ...


Bus pullouts expected to ease traffic congestion

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Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction this week will begin construction on a series of bus pullouts along North Avenue, a project that should improve pedestrian and motorist safety and alleviate traffic delays. Two pullouts will be built ...


091310 Water dogs

Splish splash, they were having a blast

By Melinda Mawdsley

If Soda Pop could imagine her perfect morning, it might look something like Sunday. Warmed by the sun and cooled by 84-degree water, Soda Pop repeatedly leaped into Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool to retrieve a tennis ball, before dog-owner Dave ...


091310 Montrose horse racin

Post time again in Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A large group of quarter horses, decked out in colorful saddles and masks, mounted with small jockeys dressed in deep blues, reds and yellows, formed a parade line in front of the large grandstand. Auctioneers called out with ...


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