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Ex-county employee sentenced for welfare fraud

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A former Mesa County Department of Human Services employee whose husband earned more than $104,000 in a year has been sentenced to 10 years on probation for stealing more than $18,000 in welfare benefits. Under the terms of a sentence handed ...


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Grand Junction sales and use tax down 20 percent

By Emily Shockley

The city of Grand Junction will have to adjust its 2010 budget just two-and-a-half months after adopting it. The city took in less sales and use tax revenue than expected in January, and the trend is likely to continue through the rest of the ...


5 vie for 3 spots on Fruita City Council

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There will be some competition for the three Fruita City Council seats up for election this spring. Incumbents Bruce Bonar and Lori Buck and candidates Bob Fuller, Victoria Gunyan and Brandon Schuette turned in their nomination petitions to ...


Coalition looks at biofuel crops

By Dennis Webb

A new coalition hopes to help plant the seeds for western Colorado farmers to play a role in meeting the nation’s need for clean, renewable energy. Colorado Mountain College, Colorado State University, the city of Rifle and the ...


DA’s sons in drinking party bust

By Amy Hamilton

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Tuesday his two teenage sons will answer to both the court and him — at home — after they received summonses alleging underage consumption of alcohol at a weekend party. Hautzinger said by ...


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Denny’s slammed during breakfast offer

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Denny’s Restaurant didn’t quite crack the number of free Grand Slam breakfasts it served last year, but it made a plucky effort. The 1,003 free Grand Slams served at the restaurant at 710 Horizon Drive “was smaller than last ...


Man pleads guilty to attempted murder in ‘09 shooting

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement formalized Tuesday calls for a prison term between 16 and 36 years for a man who shot two people on Orchard Mesa last spring. Tommy Lee Perez, 26, of Rifle, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and a sentence-enhancing, ...


Local Briefs, Feb. 10, 2010

By Staff

Breakfast to benefit teen heart patient Grand Junction Harley-Davidson & BMW, 2747 Crossroads Blvd., will sponsor a home-style breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for Jenna Fisher, a local teenager who is awaiting a second heart ...


Candidate for governor rips existing energy policy in Colorado

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Scott McInnis, good for the mining industry; Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Democrats, bad. That, at least, was the former Republican congressman’s message Tuesday to about 200 people at the 112th National Western ...


Speaker: Mining industry not evil

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Guess who the villain is in the popular movie, “Avatar?” “It’s you, the mining industry,” Independence Institute president Jon Caldara told about 200 attendees of the 112th National Western Mining ...


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