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Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave after alcohol stop

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was cited on suspicion of an alcohol-related driving offense while off duty has been placed on paid administrative leave, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said ...


Extra Aircraft official: Deal appears ‘hopeless’

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose County officials’ time to finalize a lease with Extra Aircraft may boil down to today or never, according to the Germany-based manufacturer. Errol Bader, head of corporate development for Extra in Denver, said ...


Orchardists brace for frost damage

By Amy Hamilton

It’s a numbers game for fruit growers this time of year when sporadic nighttime low temperatures can wreak havoc on precious blooms. Thursday night lows that were expected to be in the mid- to upper 20s were the coldest nighttime ...


Montrose announces finalists for its city manager position

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The city of Montrose reduced 73 applicants for city manager to the following six finalists: William Bell, city administrator of Rhinelander, Wis. Stephen Giesbrecht, city administrator of Electra, Texas. Robert Karlinsey, ...


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Baby sitter released on immigration bond

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A woman who was jailed in Montrose County for four months in connection with the death of a child she was baby-sitting is free after her release from the El Paso County Jail. Maria Zavala-Almanza, who has been identified as Maria ...


Budget passes despite Dems’ misgivings

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The GOP-controlled Colorado House gave its blessing to the 2011-12 state budget Thursday. And while Democrats who control the Senate earlier in the week approved concessions to appease House Republicans, numerous House ...


Natural Soda ready to work on oil shale

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A company that has been mining sodium bicarbonate for 20 years in northwest Colorado wants to try its hand at squeezing oil from the surrounding rock. Natural Soda Holdings Inc. is one of two companies that submitted plans of operation for ...


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Couple’s loss may lead to change in chase policy

By Paul Shockley

Strip away the filings, arguments and money, and Sean and Shea Lehnen of Collbran said a wrongful death lawsuit against the Colorado State Patrol boiled down to one thing. “A trained officer of the law should have a little more ...


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Chapel to be repaired next month

By Staff

Volunteers are being sought to help restore the chapel house roof at the historic Handy Chapel at 200 White Ave. HistoriCorps, an organization that rounds up volunteers to restore and preserve historic buildings across the United States, is ...


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Eagles make close encounters in area neighborhoods

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This young golden eagle settled for several minutes in a yard in north Grand Junction on during a break in the weekend rain. Though most people think of eagles as hunting exclusively from aloft, this bird was most likely hunting at ground ...


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