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Pablo’s Pizza in Fruita closing

By Paul Shockley

Ted Okey will toss his last pie New Year’s Eve. Okey said it looks like Dec. 31 will be the last day of business for the Pablo’s Pizza franchise in Fruita, which opened its doors in March 2006 at the Kokopelli Plaza, 456 ...

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Man arrested after child reports fight at home

By Melinda Mawdsley

A 36-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Saturday night after a child called 911 to report that the man assaulted another adult at the residence, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Rickie Allen Morgan, 577 Kirby ...

Improvement of sound, video eyed for City Hall auditorium

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s auditorium at City Hall may look, sound and feel a little different in the new year. Aging equipment and the hall’s layout are due for a change, council members have said. Technical problems were most apparent ...

Health care in Junction ‘innovative’

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Lauded as a pioneering approach to providing health care to more people at a lesser cost, the Grand Junction health care model is much the same as that used by a venture capitalist. “It’s a very entrepreneurial and innovative ...


Operation Good Cheer

By Melinda Mawdsley

Little Julie Stout was ready for the jolly old man’s question. When Santa Claus asked the 7-year-old Grand Junction girl if she was good this year, “I said yes.” The chance to sit on Santa’s lap was one of many treats ...


One year later, Mesa County’s cyber disaster casts shadow

By Paul Shockley

A 63-year-old retiree, Walt was worried enough this time last year to change the PIN numbers for his bank and retirement accounts. He wonders if it stopped any would-be cyber thieves. One year later, it’s the not-knowing part that ...

Ex-cop cites discrimination in lawsuit against Parachute

By Dennis Webb

A former Parachute police officer is suing the town for gender discrimination, saying she was berated by a supervisor for being a female and fired after she complained to the police chief and town manager. Kristy Kolecki alleges in her ...

Delta Petroleum files for bankruptcy

By Dennis Webb

Delta Petroleum is seeking to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Denver-based company, which holds oil and gas leases for the equivalent of about 22,000 acres in the Collbran area, filed voluntary petitions for relief in U.S. ...

Basalt fire leaves 11 families homeless

By Paul Shockley

A fire Friday night gutted a Basalt apartment complex, leaving 11 families homeless and the western Colorado chapter of the American Red Cross scrambling to respond. Jerry Peetz, deputy chief of the Basalt Fire Department, said the department ...

Garfield drilling steady, even with permits way down

By Dennis Webb

New state data show drilling activity in Garfield County has maintained a new normal over the past three years. The number of new drilling permits being issued in the county will end the year down significantly, but another measure — ...

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