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Man pleads guilty to stealing $130,000 from former lumber firm

By Amy Hamilton

A former Grand Junction man pleaded guilty in court Friday to stealing $130,000 from Harbert Lumber and its suppliers when he worked as a mechanic to maintain the company’s fleet in 2007. Robert Gary Leisten, 44, who now lives in ...

Shooter mistakes mohawk for fowl, runs afoul of the law

By Paul Shockley

Derrill Rockwell told police he grabbed his rifle, the .22-caliber he kept handy to kill rodents around the house, about 5 a.m. Oct. 5 and walked outside to confront it. The bird. Possibly, he told police, the same fowl he suspected of ...


Condition much improved for veterans medical center

By Amy Hamilton

After years of being rerouted and working in construction zones, veterans and staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2121 North Ave, can enjoy the brighter and more modern conditions of a $13 million remodel and addition. Planning for ...

Record high temperature is recorded

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Grand Junction hit a record-high temperature for March 23 when the mercury reached 76 degrees Friday. The previous record for the date was set in 1997 with a high of 75 degrees, according to Dan Cuevas, a technician with the National Weather ...


High-schoolers get head start on college work

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High school students across western Colorado are taking college courses without leaving their high school campuses. The High School Scholars program allows teachers in 17 Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel and Grand County high schools ...

Nearly a fifth of school out sick

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About 100 kids either stayed home Friday from Orchard Mesa Middle School or left the school during the day because of an illness. A stomach virus is going around the school, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. She said similar ...

D51 Foundation begins first targeted fund drive

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The School District 51 Foundation is launching its first fundraising campaign with a goal of collecting $500,000 by the end of 2012. The nearly year-old nonprofit organization has collected about $10,000 in donations for the school district ...


School spokesman takes job in energy, won’t be replaced

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After eight and a half years as School District 51 spokesman, Jeff Kirtland will become senior communications specialist Monday for WPX Energy in Parachute. Kirtland said he left the district March 20 because he wanted to pursue a new ...


Cycling race returns to downtown GJ

By Amy Hamilton

The sound comes on like a swarm of bees at first. It starts with the distinctive hum of dozens of finely tuned, airy, light, wheels spinning fast. In seconds, the cyclists appear, decked out in a peacock range of colors as they jockey for ...

Colorado adults ace health rankings

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Colorado adults can be proud of their scores on the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card. Their children have less to boast about. The Centennial State ranked first in the nation last year for lowest portion of obese adults and highest portion ...

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