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Grand Junction missionaries rattled by record earthquake

By Paul Shockley

“Did u feel the mtn’s tremble ... did you hear the ocean’s roar .... holy cow this earthquake was intense!” Such was the start of a frantic e-mail that Grand Junction’s Jane Yamaguchi was greeted with when she ...


Residents reserved in opinions on two country music events

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Bobby Willis is making some headway with residents on the west end of the Grand Valley, but plenty of concerns remain about his proposed country music festival, Bobby’s Birthday Bash, residents said Friday in Loma. “I think ...


Vet who became POW, escaped from Germans dies at 85 in GJ home

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A funeral will take place Tuesday for a Grand Junction man who was captured by Germans in World War II, escaped and was recaptured. Sam Salazar was 85. He died Wednesday. Salazar recounted in the book “Hold at All Cost” his ...


Judge moves Snider retrial to GarCo

By Dennis Webb

Prosecutors plan to appeal a judge’s order that the retrial of Jerry Snider Jr. in connection with the 2009 death of his father in Rangely be held in Garfield rather than Rio Blanco county. Gail Nichols, a judge for the 9th Judicial ...


Pharmacy robberies net 16-year sentence

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A Grand Junction man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for robbing three western Colorado pharmacies at gunpoint last year in a prescription-drug-addiction-fueled spree one victim said may psychologically scar her for the rest of her ...


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For vehicular homicide, man to serve 12 years

By Paul Shockley

A week before her death, 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King typed a message on Facebook waxing about change. “You have to be willing to see the bad side,” District Judge Richard Gurley said in court Friday morning, reciting King’s ...


Two seats already settled for Grand Junction City Council

By Amy Hamilton

Two seats for Grand Junction’s City Council are going to candidates who are running unopposed. The city will begin mailing out ballots Monday for the election. Ballots will be counted April 5. Sam Susuras was appointed to the council ...


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5 arrested in Grand Junction drug raids

By Paul Shockley

Five people face a variety of possible charges after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers raided a Mesa State College residence hall and a Grand Avenue home Wednesday. Morgan Woozley, 20, was arrested at 1140 Texas Ave., Unit 331, after ...


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Junction unemployment hits 11.1%

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate continued to move in the wrong direction in January, when the seasonally adjusted rate climbed to 11.1 percent. That’s a 0.7 percentage-point increase from December’s unemployment rate and the ...


Report: 16.3 percent of county kids poor in 2009

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In 2009, 16.3 percent of Mesa County children lived at or below the federal poverty line, according to an annual study released Thursday by research and advocacy group Colorado Children’s Campaign. The 2011 Kids Count survey found 17 ...


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