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Second cab company rolls into city

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Grand Junction has been a one-taxi-company town for 20 years. That changed eight days ago when K2 Taxi started taking passengers. It took K2 Operations Manager Kevan Kohlman three years to open the Grand Valley’s first competitor to ...


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Jobless rate changes little over last year

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Grand Junction’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point year-over-year this May, reaching 9.9 percent. The local unemployment rate was little changed month-to-month as well, increasing ...


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Judge lowers bond for abuse suspect who is pregnant

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley reduced bond Friday for a Clifton woman suspected of abusing a 9-year-old girl. Dianeth Pittman, 39, was ordered jailed on $100,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail, where she has been in custody since her arrest May ...


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Security tight as escape case heads to trial

By Paul Shockley

In a courtroom closed to the general public, District Judge Richard Gurley on Friday ordered a Clifton man accused of escape from the Mesa County Jail to stand trial next week. This, after a last-minute defense bid to sink the case. Jury ...


Runoff huge, but won’t solve drought thirst

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Water managers will capture much of this year’s high runoff, filling most of the reservoirs in the upper Colorado River Basin and splashing much needed water into Lake Mead. The runoff, though, won’t resolve the long-lasting ...


Audit: County tech section deeply flawed

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An independent analysis of the beleaguered Mesa County Information Technology Department indicates it suffers from a lack of funding and leadership, a significant shortage of staffing and gap in employee skills, and aging infrastructure ...


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Robots rule at math, engineering camp

By Daniel Humphries

Twelve-year-old Jack Lueck knows what he wants to do when he grows up. He wants to build self-intelligent vehicles, and he’ll do everything he can to achieve that dream. The future engineer, along with his 10-year-old sister, Ollie, ...


Fatal fire victim battled earlier blaze with beer

By Paul Shockley

A witness reported that a man tried to douse a small fire outside of his camper by pouring beer on it, moments before the camper itself burned in a fire that killed the man, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. As of Thursday, ...


Firm gears up to process ore at Pinon Ridge

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The company planning to build a uranium mill near Naturita is embarking on plans to consolidate and expand the mill’s resource base. Energy Fuels Resources Inc. will spend about $1 million during the next 18 months on mines, drilling ...


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Foreign demand for Colorado cattle equals cash cow for ranchers

By Charles Ashby

Delta rancher Michael Ripp is seeing something he’s never seen before in the cattle industry: Beef prices are going up at the same time as prices for feed grain. “Usually, when grain goes up, cattle goes down, and vice ...


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