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Habitual criminal pleads not guilty in escape

By Paul Shockley

A former Clifton man pleaded not guilty Friday to an escape charge, just under four months after his extradition from Mexico in the wake of his escape from the Mesa County Jail. Shane Edward Johnson, who turned 43 on Friday, entered his not ...

Bark beetles wreck 400,000 acres of forest in 2010

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The bark beetle claimed about 400,000 new acres of forests across northern and central Colorado last year, bringing to 4 million acres the lands affected by the bug, the U.S. Forest Service said. The spruce beetle, meanwhile, dramatically ...


GOP chairman seeks changes to nominations

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Colorado Republicans’ votes for president in the 2012 caucuses should count for something real in the national convention, state GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams said Friday. Wadhams advocated a plan by which Colorado’s delegates to the ...

Governor to keep Hotsenpiller as DA for 7th Judicial District

By Staff

Gov. John Hickenlooper named Dan W. Hotsenpiller as district attorney for the 7th Judicial District on Friday. He’s the same man Chief District Judge Steven Patrick tapped as interim district attorney after he barred former district ...

Fruita now boasts Mesa County’s ‘flagship’ library

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When the Mesa County Public Library District tried and failed twice back in the mid-2000s to push through tax increases to build a new central library, some opponents charged that library administrators needed to focus on the outlying ...

City: Audit coming on Pinon Grill

By Paul Shockley

Alleged discrepancies in the finances of a food vendor, under contract with the city of Grand Junction for the past 14 years, will be the focus of an audit, Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich told the City Council on Thursday ...


CSU’s Palisade venture to groom students in wine industry careers

By Dave Buchanan

A 2-year-old state law may open the door to the state’s newest winery along with new opportunities for Colorado-born winemakers. A proposed agreement between Colorado State University and Grande River Winery will establish a CSU winery ...

College personnel issue moves ahead to full House vote

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Mesa State College workers sparred over a bill Thursday that would allow them to opt out of the state’s personnel system. The measure, which narrowly passed the House Economic & Business Development Committee, would ...

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Rec center makes a splash

By Paul Shockley

In raising Fruita’s future, they acknowledged the past. At the west end of the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St., a local sculptor’s artwork consists of twisted, powder-coated steel with three oversized containers as its ...

Woman, 52, hospitalized after being struck by car

By Staff

A 52-year-old woman was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital after being struck by a vehicle while she was crossing a downtown street Thursday evening. Police responded to the accident at the intersection of Seventh Street and Ouray Avenue at ...

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