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This Week in the Legislature, March 5, 2012

By Staff

The Legislature has a few weeks left before it heads into the period of the session when the budget is put together, when much of lawmakers’ time will be dominated with debating next year’s spending plan. ■ Today: The Senate ...

Group plans to offer more scholarships

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The Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation hopes to offer more need-based scholarships in higher amounts for this spring’s applicants. The foundation, founded by former Grand Junction residents Geno and Virginia Saccomanno in 1992, has ...

Drillers hit North Fork resistance to leases

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About the only obvious clue to the depth of opposition to drilling in the North Fork Valley came as guffaws filled the Paonia High School auditorium Saturday morning. Derisive laughter rang out as officials explained that drilling companies ...


Homeless camp disassembled for railway work

By Rachel Sauer

Shopping carts and stereos, frameless doors and footless socks, syringes and tarps and moldering mattresses — all of it went, and Mark Hirschberg helped it go. He had mixed feelings. Some of the things, which automatically became junk ...


Backpacks stocked with kid fuel

By Rachel Sauer

The wish list was so simple: granola bars, peanut butter, cans of ravioli and Vienna sausage, boxes of macaroni and cheese. Shoppers entering the City Market stores on 24 Road and in Fruita Saturday were offered the list, given the option to ...

Clifton brothers held in slaying

By Staff

Two brothers have been arrested on suspicion of killing Abel Weston Roper, 31, of Fruita. Jose Juan Ortiz, 30, and Julio Sesar Ortiz, 29, both of Clifton, were arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to the Mesa County ...


Heroin spike prompts changes

By Paul Shockley

The 20-something man asked his girlfriend to leave the room. He asked the same of a nurse. Dr. Marc Breen, who was working an emergency-room shift at Community Hospital last fall, already had heard the man’s complaints about chronic ...

Bill would allow sale of food items made in homes

By Charles Ashby

A bill to allow locally produced and sold foods to be made in home kitchens won preliminary approval Friday in the Colorado House. The measure, SB48, is designed to help farmers sell some of their produce locally and aid in the creation of ...


Stabbing victim remembered as ‘true friend’

By Staff

As Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigators are trying to understand the circumstances of the fatal stabbing of 31-year-old Abel Roper of Fruita, Roper’s friends are mourning his passing. Roper, described by friend Ken ...

City Market spot draws grocer’s eye

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A Fruita native who currently manages a grocery store in Maryland said he wants to return to Grand Junction and open an independent grocery store in the building at First Street and Orchard Avenue that will be vacated when City Market closes ...

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