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Admission standards, tuition increases on trustee docket

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The standards for getting into Colorado Mesa University and the cost of enrollment are both expected to increase soon. Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign House Bill 1324 on Monday morning at the Mesa County Courthouse, officially moving ...

Jobless rate in county slips in April

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate shrank slightly in April, as did the county’s labor force. At 9.1 percent in April, the county’s unemployment rate decreased half a percentage point year-over-year and four-tenths of a ...

Gunman arrested after entering assisted living center

By Staff

A Rifle man was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say he entered an assisted living center armed with a handgun, prompting an evacuation of the facility. Gregory Blurton, 54, was taken into custody about 45 minutes after he entered ...

Flaming Gorge pipeline plan dealt setback

By Dennis Webb

Calling the request premature and overly broad, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday stood by its earlier decision denying a preliminary permit application for the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline. Opponents of the project cheered ...


Man nabbed in discount store robbery

By Paul Shockley

A man allegedly used a cordless power drill to mimic a handgun, stuffed inside his pants, while robbing an Orchard Mesa discount store on Sunday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Gary Michael Lynn Barnet, 29, of Washington, was ...

Oxbow pays BLM nearly $1 million for coal lease

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management this week netted nearly $1 million in leasing 726 acres to Oxbow Mining LLC, to allow expansion of its Elk Creek Mine just north of Somerset. Oxbow paid $990,264 in order to be able to develop about 4 million ...

Hearing in July for slay suspect

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A Cedaredge man charged with second-degree murder in the 2010 death of his wife faces a preliminary hearing June 25. Delta County Judge Sandra K. Miller set the hearing date on Thursday after scolding Billy Dean Kissner for tardiness for the ...

Governor to hit GJ, Rifle for bill-signing

By Staff

Gov. John Hickenlooper will tour the state to sign several bills starting today, including a couple of stops in Grand Junction and Rifle. After a trip that will take him through Pueblo and Durango, the Democratic governor will arrive in Grand ...


Elementary teacher returns early letters to students as they finish high school

By Melinda Mawdsley

Becky Karisny does not consider herself special, but there are probably hundreds of current and former Mesa County residents who disagree. For the past 19 years, Karisny has mailed a packet of personal letters and photographs to each of her ...


Summit aims to stem high suicide rate

By Amy Hamilton

Eric Gomez Jr. would have celebrated his sweet 16th birthday Thursday. Yet instead of marking a happy occasion, the late teenager’s family gathered at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, remembering the son they lost. It didn’t have be this ...

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