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Fire guts historic White Hall

By Paul Shockley

A prospective buyer for White Hall made a formal offer for the historic building one day before it nearly burned to the ground, according to a Realtor representing the property’s owner. First Choice Realtor Harry Hotimsky said the ...

Residents have fond memories of White Hall

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The prime acoustics of the building that housed a congregation, a performing-arts center and a string of private events over nearly a century disappeared Thursday in a column of flame and smoke. When flames gutted the interior of the former ...


De Beque tries another mill levy override to help shrinking school

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De Beque School District 49-JT Superintendent Steve Strong hopes a mill levy override on November’s ballot will put students back in empty desks. De Beque’s has decreased by one-third in two years. Strong believes students who ...

Loma business owner, Fruita mayor latest to join race for Mesa County Commission

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Loma rancher and small business owner Wes D’Aponti declared his candidacy for the Mesa County Commission on Thursday, portraying himself as a defender of agriculture and promoter of responsible energy development. Dressed in a cowboy ...

Ruling favors tax exemption for utility firms

By Charles Ashby

Machinery that Xcel Energy and other power producers purchase to generate electricity are exempt from the state’s sales and use taxes, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Taxing that machinery, including the transformers used ...

School board elections attract few candidates

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Two Mesa County-based school districts will have uncontested school board races in November, and one will have a single contested seat for voters to decide. School districts can opt out of having a school-board election if all candidates are ...

Former superintendent returns to lead school district

By Staff

After a seven-year absence, Steve Strong is back at the helm of De Beque School District 49-JT. Strong was the district’s superintendent from 1994 to 2004 and returned to the position this fall. He served as superintendent of Dolores ...

Sex offender accused of stabbing two people in downtown Junction

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A Grand Junction man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing two people in south downtown Grand Junction earlier this summer. Fredrick Robert Chihocky Jr., 30, 575 Dike Road, was booked into Mesa County Jail on Wednesday after being ...

VA and satellite clinics set times for flu shots

By Staff

The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays at the center, 2121 North Ave. The medical center will host two drive-through vaccination clinics as well, from 11 ...

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Top sheepdogs run in Carbondale

By Dennis Webb

CARBONDALE — When 2010 National Sheepdog Finals champion handler Pat Shannahan competed in the opening day of this year’s championship Tuesday, he helped inaugurate another major event in western Colorado’s deep tradition ...

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