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Rockestra auditioning for 4 lead vocalists

By Daniel Humphries

The Grand Junction Rockestra needs some lead singers, and by the end of tonight it will have at least four. The final round of auditions for the rock ‘n’ roll orchestra’s lead vocalist spots will be tonight at 7:30 at ...

Mesa Fairgrounds equestrian arena closed as precaution against herpes virus outbreak

By Bob Silbernagel

Mesa County Fairgrounds’ equestrian area was closed to horses Wednesday and will remain closed for possibly two weeks due to the outbreak of equine herpes virus in the region, the fairgrounds manager said. The decision came as the ...

Prediction of rapture is met with skepticism

By Charles Ashby

Either the end is near, or it will be a normal Saturday. That means, while some people are preparing to be lifted up to heaven for Saturday’s predicted rapture, others will be eating ice cream because there just isn’t any in ...

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‘It’s never too late to graduate,’ as determined scholars prove

By Amy Hamilton

There were 62 stories in the Mesa State College ballroom on Wednesday night when as many candidates strode across the stage to accept their General Education Development, or GED degrees. The oldest graduate, 73-year-old Dorette Lee Carsten ...

Driver faces hearing in fatal wreck

By William Woody

DELTA — A Delta County driver arrested after one passenger died and two others were hurt in a May 9 rollover is free on bond but could face a higher bond amount later this week. According to an arrest affidavit, Austin resident Corbin ...

Coroner: Two Montrose killings were ‘deliberate, stealthy’

By William Woody

MONTROSE — The deaths of Montrose residents Kama Sanburg and Scott Clarke on March 14, were “a deliberate killing,” according to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office, and autopsy reports show their suspected killer used ...

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Jury hung on most charges in shootings

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County jury deadlocked Tuesday on most of the charges against a man accused of shooting five people at a party in December 2009. Joshua Anton, 21, was convicted on a pair of misdemeanors — prohibited use of a weapon and carrying ...

Fruita’s pot issue likely up to voters

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The Fruita City Council voted Tuesday night to direct staff to draw up a ballot measure that will ask voters whether they want to ban medical marijuana centers in the city. Council members voted 4–1 to leave it up to city residents as ...

Roadless area routes for utilities concern environmental groups

By Dennis Webb

An attempt to shrink a loophoole for gas pipelines will backfire on the writers of proposed roadless rules for Colorado, conservation groups say. The result will be opening the door to electric, water and telecommunication corridors in ...

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Equine herpes strikes West

By Bob Silbernagel

A horse in Mesa County tested positive for equine herpes Tuesday after attending the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah, earlier this month. An outbreak of equine herpes virus occurred at the ...

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