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093010 Vintage West

Window dressing for high school memories

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

One downtown display window is being used for more than just window shopping — it’s providing a way for people to share memories of homecomings past. Vintage West, formerly known as the Blue River Trading Co. at 441 Main St., has ...

Achievement gap in Mesa County is narrowing for some, but still there

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From the time he started work in a restaurant at age 12, Mathew Zamora knew he had to graduate high school. His co-workers told similar stories of dropping out when drugs or alcohol or life got in the way. Grades were never much of a topic in ...

Judge to consider second trial in 2003 stabbing

By Paul Shockley

Seven years after a Grand Junction man stabbed another man 27 times with a kitchen knife, Colorado courts are still trying to decide what should happen in the case. Troy Mondragon, 45, is scheduled to return to court Wednesday before District ...

Fruita team headed to FFA nationals

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With only three weeks to study up and refine their skills, members of the Fruita Monument High School mechanics team learned last week they will compete in the National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event. Senior Koal Smith ...

Levi Pierce-Armstrong mug

Student suspected of assault, threat with gun

By Amy Hamilton

An 18-year-old Mesa State College student was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of pistol-whipping a man and pointing a gun at others during a brawl, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Levi Morgan Pierce-Armstrong, who ...

100310 pinup Miss January

Photographer finds plenty of models flattered to do local pinup calendar

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Marilyn Monroe said, “The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.” But if she were alive today, would she have shown you her tattoo? “Yes,” giggled Brooke Lucas, the photographer behind “The Buzz Galz: A ...

Record-flirting warmth to let go, but gently so

By Amy Hamilton

Felt a little hot under the collar last week? Four days in the high-80s and one day that hit 90 degrees will do that. All tied hot temperature records in the Grand Valley. The good news is we won’t be punished by the lingering ...

Salazar-Tipton rematch a different contest

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Much has changed since U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., faced off against Republican Scott Tipton in 2006. Then, Salazar was seeking his second term, generally the most dangerous time for a House incumbent. Then, Salazar easily outdistanced ...

100310 1a Debbie Miller

Domestic-violence victim shares her story to help others

By Amy Hamilton

Every time she speaks in front of a crowd of young adults, Debbie Berrones-Miller sees the signs. The fiddling and the twitching. The wide-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look. She knows what it means. A victim of domestic violence for 20 ...

Domestic-violence incident hits close to home

By Amy Hamilton

I thought I was pretty familiar with domestic violence. I had read my share of court files that retraced the blows exchanged between partners in crushing play-by-play detail. I’ve sat with victims who recalled the numerous ways they had ...

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