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Bland plays big role at Catholic Outreach

By Amy Hamilton

The house at 248 White Ave. long ago was torn down, but the mission that percolated there has snowballed since Sister Karen Bland entered the scene. Grand Valley Catholic Outreach emerged as two Franciscan sisters feeding the homeless, ...

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Cold returns in time for ice-climbing festival

By William Woody

OURAY — With the recent warm spell ended, ice park officials have been able to build upon the rock walls of Box Canyon. “Climbers from across the globe continue to roll into the park daily to climb areas that opened on December ...

Child hospitalized with flu; Mesa County offering vaccinations

By Melinda Mawdsley

Local officials are using Wednesday’s news that a small child was hospitalized with influenza to remind Mesa County residents the flu season is likely beginning locally and there is still time to get vaccinated if desired. The following ...

Colorado minimum wage rising to $7.36

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The minimum wage will increase in seven states, including Colorado, on New Year’s Day. Colorado will have the second-largest increase in the group, 11 cents, making the state’s minimum wage $7.36. Washington workers will get the ...

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Butterflies are free, but their care isn’t; gardens need help

By Amy Hamilton

As outdoor plants winter at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, officials there are seeking donations to keep operations flourishing through the new year. Applying for and receiving grants and sponsorships for special projects and events ...

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Family reeling after house fire kills pet

By Paul Shockley

Grateful for MacKenzie, they grieved Chloe on Orchard Mesa Wednesday. One of Phyllis Casteel’s miniature dachshunds, MacKenzie, took shelter from the cold inside her owner’s jacket on the morning after a fire gutted the Casteel ...

121010 Catherine Robertson

BLM manager is a modern-day explorer

By Amy Hamilton

If you think about it, the Grand Valley’s populated center is really an island in a sea of public lands. Those 1.2 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands are headed up by Catherine Robertson, manager of the Grand Junction Field ...

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Changes since undersheriff started in law enforcement

By Amy Hamilton

By the eighth grade, Rebecca Spiess had locked on to her career path. The oldest of six siblings, she announced to friends and family she would one day be an FBI agent. That dream was derailed after she penned a letter to the FBI informing the ...

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Women prove they can excel at traditionally male occupations

By Amy Hamilton

It’s almost easier if Julie Allison doesn’t tell people what she does for a living. When they learn she’s a railroad conductor for Union Pacific, the questions start flying, fast and furious. “When people find out, ...

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Hard work stands out, according to attorney

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The Mesa County District Attorney’s office had a secretarial staff full of women but just one other female attorney when Martelle Daniels began working there in 1983. It was a ratio she noticed but not something that bothered her. ...

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