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2 Colorado wildflowers candidates for protection

By Dennis Webb

The federal government has declared two western Colorado wildflowers to be candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act. However, the agency determined the skiff milkvetch and Schmoll’s milkvetch warrant being candidates ...


Shoppers swarm new City Market for grand opening

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Shoppers packed the aisles searching for specialty items and free treats on opening day Wednesday at Grand Junction’s newest City Market. The store at 630 24 Road offered free coffee, doughnuts, cake and door prizes beginning at 8 a.m., ...


Olathe cop pleads guilty in belt beating case

By Paul Shockley

An Olathe Police Department officer who claimed belt lashings against his girlfriend were part of a consensual, sadomasochistic relationship will avoid jail under the terms of a plea agreement. Michael E. Percival, 45, pleaded guilty ...

County has more native Coloradans than average

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Mesa County is a bit more Colorado than, well, Colorado. The American Community Survey, which was released this week, shows 49 percent of people who lived in Mesa County from the years of 2005 to 2009 were born in the Centennial ...

Board hears R-5 High School turnaround plan

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Improving writing and reading performance and shrinking the school’s dropout rate will be the focus of a state-ordered turnaround plan for R-5 High School. School Principal Anna Goetz and a handful of R-5 teachers presented the plan to ...

Suspect on mend, charged with attempted murder of Rifle officer

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man who barely survived a shootout with a Rifle police officer made his first court appearance Tuesday, nearly two months after the incident occurred. Through a public defender, Phillip Amonette, 53, who was in a ...


Economy is job one, Tipton says

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Reviving the national economy and boosting employment will be the key task of the next Congress, according to U.S. Rep.-elect Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton, who takes his post in Congress next month among more than 60 new representatives, told ...

More state computer woes, this time with data for handguns

By Charles Ashby

A day after State Auditor Sally Symanski revealed the state’s computers aren’t as secure as they should be, her office told lawmakers Tuesday that Colorado’s concealed-handgun-permit database isn’t all that it could ...

121310 Golf

Powderhorn opening stalls; golf courses reap rewards

By Dave Buchanan

Just about the time Powderhorn Ski Resort announced Tuesday that its much-awaited Thursday opening has been delayed, Lincoln Park golf pro Robert O’Hara saw his 50th golf player of the day out the door. The continuing stretch of warm ...


Plea deal may be near for escapee

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A public defender Tuesday indicated a plea deal may be near but pushed for independent access to a Rifle police car allegedly fired upon by an escaped Arizona prison inmate. “Hopefully we’ll be able to ...

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