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Private school enrollment up slightly in Mesa County

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Enrollment at Mesa County’s private and parochial schools increased year over year by 26 students to 1,085 kids in fall 2011, according to data released recently by the Colorado Department of Education. All but four of the ...


Robot shoots hoops

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The opportunity to build a robot is nearly every little kid’s dream. That dream didn’t go away for the 13 members of Collbran Job Corps’ For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Team. The ...

New superintendent back on familiar ground

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The Chinle, the Wingate, the Entrada, the names of the rock formations jumped out at Lisa Eckert as she drove up Rim Rock Drive. For Eckert, the rocks are almost old friends. She worked as a seasonal ranger at Colorado National Monument for ...


Two jailed in forgery, meth case

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Crystal Lynn Galloway, 31, and Nicholas Lee Meader, 19, were arrested late Thursday and early Friday, respectively, after their car was pulled over and they were found with suspected drug paraphernalia and items that could be used to commit ...

Stalking suspect found in brush

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John Harvey Bradley Jr., 26, was arrested Friday night at 28 3/4 Road and Elm Avenue on suspicion of felony menacing, stalking, violation of a no-contact protection order, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, and obstruction of a ...

Student Spotlight, March 12, 2012

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College honors ■ Anna McGinnis, a 2011 graduate of Grand Junction High School, was named to the fall 2011 semester dean’s list at Regis University. ■ James Bozeman of Grand Junction received a doctor of philosophy, ...


Natural gas liquids help keep local drilling afloat

By Dennis Webb

Products that heat up barbecue grills, fuel cigarette lighters and create the plastics so central to daily life now have another big job to do. Known as natural gas liquids, propane, butane and ethane are helping keep afloat a local energy ...

Williams to spend $150M to boost gas liquids recovery

By Dennis Webb

Plans by Williams to spend $150 million to expand its Parachute-area natural gas processing plant illustrate how worthwhile it can be to be able to remove and sell gas liquids. The expansion comes in response to a shortage of cryogenic ...

Man suspected in Fruita liquor-store heist

By Paul Shockley

A Fruita man skipped out on a bar tab Friday night, then robbed a next-door liquor store while claiming to have a gun, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael D. Stepp, 38, was booked at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of aggravated ...


Palisade High becomes destination for ImagiNation

By Paul Shockley

Wearing a silver-painted, cardboard, robot costume, 9-year-old Ethan Mackley waddled toward the crowd. “I used to be a terrible robot,” Ethan declared in the opening lines of his group’s skit Saturday ...

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