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Coroner IDs man shot dead

By Paul Shockley

A man who was fatally shot while reportedly trying to break into an Orchard Mesa home died of a gunshot wound to the head, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday. Jesus Ray Sanchez Jr., 43, of Grand Junction, was shot just after ...

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Defective school built by same contractor as Grand Junction veterans’ hospital

By Dennis Webb

The engineer responsible for the structurally deficient Meeker Elementary School also oversaw the engineering for the nearly complete Grand Junction VA Medical Center expansion. Gary Howell, who was fired last week by the Neenan Co., was the ...


Congressional education panel invites CMU president to testify

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Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster will testify before the Congressional Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training today in Washington D.C. Foster is one of four people the subcommittee invited to testify during a ...

Local population growth stalled

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Population growth in Grand Junction and Mesa County sputtered to a near halt in 2010 as the national economy slowed, estimates by the Colorado State Demography Office show. The broader Western Slope population similarly saw a decrease in its ...

Junction man dies in North Dakota wreck

By Charles Ashby

A Grand Junction man who was a Palisade High School assistant coach died early Sunday in a head-on collision with a semitrailer in North Dakota. The accident occurred at 6:20 a.m. Sunday when Deke DeCrow was driving south on U.S. Highway 85 ...

Armed Redlands pickup hijacker sought

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Grand Junction police are looking for a carjacker who commandeered a pickup at gunpoint, struck the owner and fled with the vehicle. The driver reported the crime from St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras ...

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Two more toss hats into race for county commission seats

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Two men with small-business backgrounds have declared themselves candidates for the two Mesa County commissioner seats that will come open in 2013. East Orchard Mesa resident Woody Walcher is vying for the District 3 seat being vacated by ...

Collaborative care grant received by two GJ health practices

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Primary Care Partners and Behavioral Health and Wellness, both at 3150 N. 12th St., are among 11 recipients of the Advancing Care Together grant. The health-care-initiative investment group Colorado Health Foundation is sponsoring the grant, ...

Failed drug theft led to slaying at Orchard Mesa home

By Amy Hamilton

A botched attempt to steal drugs early Friday from an Orchard Mesa home landed a man behind bars on murder charges in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy, his suspected accomplice. The home’s resident is recovering after being shot ...

Junior Achievement expands to region

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A national business and economics education program may expand to Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties as soon as this spring. Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado Director of Education Nancy Brown will visit the three counties this week to ...

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