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School Board candidates spar over funding, curriculum, scores

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Candidates in School District 51’s only contested school board race had a few questions for each other in their first public debate Thursday. District B incumbent Cindy Enos-Martinez wanted to know how challenger Ann Tisue really feels ...

GJ ex-official jumps in race to run county

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The race to supplant term-limited Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis has plenty of competition. Now the effort to replace term-limited Commissioner Janet Rowland features some, too. Former Grand Junction City Council member and longtime ...

Plan 500 kids improve scores

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The 117 local students who participated in The 500 Plan tutoring program last year improved their reading test scores year-over-year more than other students in their schools. The 500 Plan is a year-old program that pairs adult volunteers ...

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‘A debt that never can be repaid’

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The war veterans on the Western Slope Honor Flight enjoyed a police escort early Thursday morning through rush-hour traffic in Washington, D.C., with a direct route to their National World War II Memorial. Then, they were pushed in ...

Listeria takes one life in county

By Amy Hamilton

An elderly Mesa County resident died this week from listeria, and another elderly resident has been hospitalized with the bacteria, according to the Mesa County Health Department. Neither case has been linked to an outbreak that was traced to ...

Waste facility owners face suit

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A De Beque-area oil and gas waste-disposal business that has been blistered for a yet-to-be-remedied environmental spill is under the microscope again, as the current owner has defaulted on payments to the previous owners and faces allegations ...


Autumn color taking its sweet time

By Amy Hamilton

The view from Powderhorn Resort’s website camera this week is gorgeous with wide, verdant ski runs edged with spruce, aspen and fir trees. Hues of green ranging from lime to olive are lovely, but something’s awry. As Color Sunday ...

Bondsmen accused of pulling guns inside store

By Paul Shockley

Two employees of a Montrose bail-bond business face criminal charges for brandishing guns as they chased a wanted fugitive inside a Walmart store in Grand Junction. Lee Turner, 21, and James Woods, 32, both with AA Bail Bonds LLC, were issued ...


Clifton man jailed in 2-day crime spree

By Paul Shockley

A man told police he was held hostage by another man for two days as the suspect took his car and forced him to do drug deals, according to an arrest affidavit. Ryan R. Rivera, 26, 3225 Bunting Ave., was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail ...

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School bullying warning heard in Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Members of the state board of education along with behavioral experts Tuesday told Montrose and Olathe educators that school bullying is more prevalent outside the classroom than ever. Bullying is defined as an aggressive ...

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