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GJ Medicare payments near bottom, study says

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Grand Junction might get plaudits from national organizations looking for better ways to provide health care, but it has yet to pay off in the pocketbook for practitioners. Physicians, hospitals and other providers in the Grand Junction ...

Scenic supporters defend school, urge it stay open

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Jessica Downing-Ford enrolled her son in Scenic Elementary when she fell in love with the small Redlands school four years ago. Now she wonders whether her son will spend his fifth-grade year with his friends or at a school closer to his home ...

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Jury quickly convicts felon in bed-sheet escape

By Paul Shockley

A jury needed just 30 minutes of deliberation Tuesday to convict a man in the only successful escape from Mesa County Jail. “See you in a few minutes,” an attorney in the case said, walking to a fourth-floor elevator about 5 p.m., ...

Meeker-area mule deer population down sharply

By Dennis Webb

MEEKER — Bryce Purkey watched his family’s game-processing business go from processing as many as 1,500 deer and elk in a year to handling less than 400 two years ago. And more of those 400 were elk than deer. “There’s ...

Glenwood postal facility closing

By Dennis Webb

Following months of study, the U.S. Postal Service decided to close a Glenwood Springs mail-processing facility and move its operations to Grand Junction. The Postal Service said Tuesday the transition will be completed by October, and ...

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Mother pleads guilty in home arson case

By Paul Shockley

A Clifton woman accused of setting fire to her own apartment with her brother and children inside could be sentenced to prison after pleading guilty Tuesday. Kayla Settle, 22, faces a maximum of 12 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to ...

6 liquor store break-ins in 4 days in Montrose

By William Woody

MONTROSE —  Montrose police and business owners are scrambling to find clues about a nocturnal burglar who has eluded capture for nearly a week. At 12:40 a.m. Friday, the burglar broke into Drive Inn Liquors on North Townsend ...


Enthusiasts heed call of blogosphere on Go Skateboard Day

By Amy Hamilton

Dozens of guys, from elementary-school-age to 20-somethings, spun around local skate parks Tuesday, dropping into smooth concrete bowls to spring up on the other side, carried along only by their boards on wheels. The day marked the first of ...

Fruita makes owning chickens easier

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It will soon be easier for Fruita residents to own chickens in the city. In a nod to the growing locavore movement, the Fruita City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to amend the city’s land use code to allow chickens to be kept in all ...

Council wants another TABOR override vote

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction voters agreed in 2007 that the city could use tax revenue that exceeded TABOR limits to more quickly pay off the loan on the Riverside Parkway. Debt on the 6.8-mile beltway around the city’s southern edge could be paid ...

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