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Fired officers ‘proficient’ in recent evaluations

By Paul Shockley

Three former Grand Junction Police Department officers who were fired Thursday had been found “proficient” in individual performance evaluations completed over the past six months, according to records released Monday by the city ...

Ritter vetoes pay-raise measure for state workers

By Charles Ashby

Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed three bills Monday, including one that would have allowed automatic pay increases for state workers. The governor said that although Colorado’s pay progression system for state workers is broken, House Bill 1409 ...

Motorcyclist flees crash scene; 2nd man booked

By Amy Hamilton

Police officers and emergency personnel were dealing with a motorcycle wreck caused by a suspected drunken driver when an officer was nearly struck by another drunken driving suspect early Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Police ...

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Prosecutors won’t seek death in fatal shooting

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor will not face the death penalty if convicted, attorneys said Monday. John Burkey, a public defender representing Robert McCleland, 31, told a judge Monday that the Mesa County ...

Revisions in exposure, indecency laws are signed

By Charles Ashby

Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill into law that is intended to correct problems with the state’s sexual offender statutes. House Bill 1334 moves masturbation from the state’s less severe public indecency laws to the more severe ...

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Mesa County buys building in Grand Junction to be used as office space

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Mesa County commissioners on Monday unanimously agreed to buy the former City Market headquarters and warehouse in downtown Grand Junction, planning to consolidate several departments and offices there. The county will spend $1.81 million to ...

Panel considering whether river section worthy of wild-and-scenic designation

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A section of the Colorado River between the Loma boat launch and Utah is one of the last areas of contention for a group examining possible designations of wild and scenic rivers in western Colorado. A committee of stakeholders is to meet ...

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Verizon service outage hits GJ

By Amy Hamilton

Verizon Wireless customers swarmed Grand Junction stores Monday after phone and texting services were dead for hours. A spokesman for the company could not be reached for comment, but a local Verizon worker said the company was having ...

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CDOT promotes Eller to top spot for Region 3

By Staff

The Colorado Department of Transportation named a new director for northwest Colorado on Monday. David Eller, a 19-year veteran of the department, has been promoted to transportation director for Region 3, a 12-county area that includes Mesa ...

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Grand Valley’s record heat shouldn’t last much longer

By Amy Hamilton

Apparently someone forgot to turn the oven off in the Grand Valley over the weekend as Monday’s triple-digit heat wave broke another record. The mercury first struck 100 degrees at 3:40 p.m. Monday, blasting away a record of 99 set in ...

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