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Death Notices, April 17, 2012

By Staff

■ Glenn A. Dawson, 81, Grand Junction, died April 13, 2012, at his home. Mr. Dawson was a Chevron foreman in California. Survivors include his wife, Ione C.; one son, Bryan E. of Grand Junction; one daughter, Denise L. Dawson of Grand ...

Forest Service may end cave closure imposed as protection for bats

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service is considering lifting a two-year, blanket closure of caves and abandoned mines in Colorado and several other states after having imposed it in an effort to protect bats from a deadly fungal outbreak. “We ...

Transit agency moving to natural-gas buses

By Dennis Webb

A public transit agency serving the Aspen-to-Rifle region decided to buy 22 buses powered by compressed natural gas and indicated it eventually hopes to replace its remaining diesel-powered vehicles with ones that run on natural gas. The ...

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Jeep club removes eyesore from hard-to-reach spot

By Melinda Mawdsley

For some, Sunday might have seemed like a rare adventure. For members of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, however, their off-road trail maintenance project was just a regular day. After nearly a yearlong discussion with Bureau of Land Management ...

Family schedules service for Birgfeld

By Melinda Mawdsley

As the family of Paige Birgfeld waits for answers as to why the 34-year-old mother of three was slain, the family is ready to let those who cared about her say goodbye. A service for Birgfeld is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 28 in the Grand ...

This Week in the Legislature, April 16, 2012

By Staff

Lawmakers in the Colorado House completed debate on the budget last week. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. ■ Today: The House Education Committee will hear a bill for changing the name of Western State College in Gunnison to ...

Death Notices, April 16, 2012

By Staff

■ Evelyn Mae Dwyer, 88, Grand Junction, died April 13, 2012, at Mesa Manor Care Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. July 2 at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Survivors include two sons, Frederick of Albuquerque, N.M., ...

Use of force, Tasers drops to 5-year low

By Paul Shockley

While crime increased last year in Grand Junction, instances of reported use of force by Grand Junction Police Department officers hit a five-year low, according to a Police Department report. There were 40 reported officer-involved incidents ...


County exodus heats up with ongoing pay freeze

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Coming off a year in which Mesa County recorded the most employee turnover in at least a decade, county employees’ exodus is continuing in the first part of 2012, an indication that an ongoing pay freeze is taking a toll. Four Mesa ...

Captive audience for trial of trooper

By Paul Shockley

From his wooden courtroom bench at the Mesa County Justice Center, 61-year-old Larry Bullard hears urgency as he listens to legal arguments about “every policeman’s worst nightmare.” “I could be sitting where Gene ...

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