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Downtown remembrance of 9/11 endures

By Melinda Mawdsley

Reports that more beams salvaged from the Sept. 11 wreckage may be heading toward Grand Junction are likely not true, multiple local officials said Monday. An article in Sunday’s Denver Post said that Grand Junction was one of 15 ...


Authorities probe massage business link to Fruitvale homicide

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether a man’s slaying last week was connected to his adult erotic massage business, which he operated at the apartment where he was found dead. Luis Alberto Vazquez Oliva, ...


Organizers of performing arts event encouraged by first-year participation

By Melinda Mawdsley

Interest from performing artists, as well as residents, has organizers of the recent Grand Valley Performing Arts Festival encouraged and hopeful that a similar event will take place next year. “We’ve been pleased with the ...

Garfield County foreclosure numbers continue to worsen

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County’s foreclosure filings are on pace to set a record for a third year in a row. Through Aug. 2, 422 filings had been made in the county this year, compared with 408 that were filed for all of 2009, which set a record. That ...


Jam maker wins ‘sweet’ award

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Colorado Mountain Jam owners Brian and Judith Olesen of Palisade won “the Academy Award of food” last month when their mixed berry jam was named outstanding USDA certified organic product by the National Association of Specialty ...

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Teens spends summer on fundraising effort

By Melinda Mawdsley

Orion Hayes is different than other teenagers his age. One, he is named after a constellation. Two, and perhaps the most noticeable difference, is Hayes, 17, spent the summer before his senior year of high school painting addresses on curbs ...

Fruita teen is OK after separation from Scout group

By Melinda Mawdsley

A 16-year-old boy from Fruita who was reported missing in the Meeker area while on a camping trip with fellow Boy Scouts was found Sunday morning unharmed, authorities said. The boy, who was not identified, called his mother about 8:30 a.m. ...

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Rocky Mountain Low

By Dennis Webb

The late musician John Denver’s love of wilderness is driving an effort to name a peak on a prominent western Colorado mountain after him. But as it turns out, the peak’s location in a wilderness area poses a Rocky-Mountain-high ...

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Dog, handler sniff out bedbugs

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Most people would shudder at the thought of letting live bedbugs feed from their forearm. Jude Sirota keeps the tiny parasitic cimicidae in vials in her garage on Orchard Mesa. She needs the bugs to be alive, and well fed, in order to train ...

College name change among 108 new laws

By Charles Ashby

Stop calling it Mesa State College. On Wednesday when more than 100 new laws go into effect, the four-year school officially will change its name. From then on, it will be Colorado Mesa University. The university plans to mark the event ...

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