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Paonia toddler missing since March; family asks for help

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After the latest episode of abuse, after the latest allegations of infidelity, Sierra Bogard decided she’d had enough. On March 6, the 23-year-old Paonia woman told her husband of five years, Jason, that she was done. She wanted a ...

Udall: Vote lifts cloud from gays who serve

By Charles Ashby

Colorado’s two senators were among a sizable majority in the U.S. Senate that voted Saturday to repeal the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning gays in the military. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet ...

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DUIs cost thousands, even for first-time offenders

By Charles Ashby

Two margaritas at lunch with a couple of friends turned into a yearlong nightmare for one Grand Junction woman. As a result of her first and only conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, the 53-year-old woman, whom we’ll  ...

National monument officials deny proposal for world-class bike race

By Amy Hamilton

A proposal for a permit for a world-class bike race with three laps around Colorado National Monument was denied this week by monument officials. Local organizers say the monument’s precipitous cliffs and winding road would be the ...

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Man suspected of giving pot to teen girls

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A Grand Junction man was arrested Thursday on allegations he provided marijuana to his 14-year-old daughter and her three friends and smoked it with them inside his apartment. William Thomas Higgs, 57, 1030 Teller Ave., No. 6, made his first ...

Some groups suspicious of redistricting

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The business of reapportioning Colorado for representation in Washington, D.C., might unite metropolitan legislators, but rural-area organizations already are a bit suspicious of the process. Early indications are Colorado’s 3rd ...

Mesa County unemployment hits recession-era high of 10.1%

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Mesa County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached a recession-era high in November, climbing to 10.1 percent. The county’s unemployment rate increased half a percentage point between October and November. The local ...


Grand Valley teens find love for service

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It’s required at Grand Junction High School, an elective class at Central, the subject of a club at Fruita Monument and something anyone can do on their own at Palisade. Service learning, which can include any kind of volunteering, from ...

Serra’s vacant DA spot filled

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A former prosecutor now in private practice in Montrose will take over as the district attorney of the 7th Judicial District. District Judge Steven Patrick appointed Dan W. Hotsenpiller, a former prosecutor in the 7th Judicial District and a ...

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Man pistol-whipped, robbed

By Paul Shockley

Armed men wearing masks stormed a Grand Avenue home Thursday afternoon, beat a man and stole medical marijuana, Grand Junction police said. The suspects, all described by police as black men, forced their way inside 1025 Grand Ave. around 4 ...

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