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Homicide victim identified

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the victim of Wednesday’s homicide in Grand Junction as Willard Michael “Mike” Bobbitt, 36. Bobbitt’s last known residence was in Montrose. The ...

Long road ahead for Montrose teen after fatal crash

By William Woody

A 16-year-old Montrose boy who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of the pickup he was driving is recovering from injuries sustained in a Tuesday afternoon crash that killed his mother. According to a Colorado State Patrol accident report, ...

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Man who tangled with police dog to face habitual criminal charges

By Paul Shockley

A man suspected of trying to drown a police dog Wednesday will be charged as a habitual criminal, a Mesa County prosecutor said Friday. Richard Stieb, 38, of Grand Junction, faces a maximum 64 years if convicted of the habitual criminal ...

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Murderer blames victim, gets 48-year max sentence

By Paul Shockley

In a rambling 10-minute speech, a Rifle man who pleaded guilty in the beating death of a De Beque rancher told a judge he was sorry before repeatedly blaming the victim. “This man couldn’t keep his mouth shut,” 44-year-old ...

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2009 income drops in Junction

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After growing 8.4 percent in total annual personal-income from 2007 to 2008, the fourth-highest jump in the nation, Grand Junction residents’ average personal income dropped 3.98 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, placing Grand Junction ...

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Police dog nearly drowned

By Paul Shockley

A man with a long arrest history was jailed on suspicion that he tried to drown a Grand Junction police dog that tracked the man a quarter-mile from the scene of a suspected burglary late Wednesday. Richard Stieb, 38, was booked into Mesa ...

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On a roll against government spending

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A rolling protest of federal spending passed through Grand Junction on Thursday, attracting about 15 people to a rally where they could write messages about spending on the side of the bus. Spending Revolt, one of several projects backed by ...

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Bloody gear found in river close to body, advocate says

By Paul Shockley

Hours before the discovery of a man’s body in the Colorado River, a pair of transients Wednesday pulled a blood-soaked sleeping bag from a nearby section of the river, according to a Grand Junction homeless advocate. Jacob Richards, ...

Record fine for Williams in benzene leak case

By Dennis Webb

State regulators Thursday unanimously signed off on a record $423,300 fine against Williams for benzene contamination of a spring that led to a man becoming ill in 2008. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission acted in a case that ...

Parcel near Collbran fetches highest per-acre price at oil and gas lease sale

By Dennis Webb

A Mesa County parcel received the highest per-acre bid Thursday in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Colorado. Axia Energy of Denver bid $1,090 per acre for 157 acres north of Collbran. The ...

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