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Mesa County urges radon tests for residents

By Amy Hamilton

Radon is present everywhere, but concentrations that build up in homes can be harmful for residents. As people close doors and windows tight to keep out frigid temperatures, this month is a good time to test for the gas that is tasteless, ...

Jury seated in Snider murder case in Meeker

By Dennis Webb

A jury was seated Tuesday in Meeker after a weeklong process to select those who will weigh the evidence in the case of a man accused of killing his father with a hatchet. Twelve jurors and four alternates are scheduled to hear opening ...

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Suspect in wife’s killing confessed, affidavit says

By Paul Shockley

A Paonia man suspected of stabbing his wife to death confessed the killing to his mother in a phone conversation before he surrendered to law enforcement, according to an arrest affidavit made public Monday. Julie Yager, a South Dakota ...

Male victim identified in Fruitvale party shooting

By Paul Shockley

A man who was shot repeatedly during an early morning party Saturday in Fruitvale was “stable” at a local hospital, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. Burton “Butch” Shoebridge, 51, was wounded ...

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Collbran man booked in ‘sexting’ case

By Paul Shockley

A 60-year-old man traded sexually explicit text messages over several days with a Mesa County sheriff’s investigator who was posing as a young girl as part of a “sexting” investigation, an arrest affidavit alleges. Cyrus ...

Champion in girl’s eyes named stock show winner

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

All the cold morning feedings, all the rope burns on newly calloused hands, all the emotional attachment that is inevitably forged between animal and cowgirl — it all was worth the effort for Morgan Young when her steer, Buddy, was named ...

No special precautions, Tipton says

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., won’t change the way he deals with the public in the wake of the shooting of an Arizona representative on Saturday. Tipton, who was sworn into office last week, said his thoughts were with Rep. Gabrielle ...

Meis jabs at Acquafresca in e-mail

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Officially, Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland was appointed Monday to lead the board of commissioners in 2011. Unofficially, she and Commissioner Craig Meis agreed to that arrangement in an exchange of e-mails two months ago, with Meis ...

Wolf poisoned with 1080 near Rio Blanco

By Dave Buchanan

A female gray wolf found dead near Rio Blanco in March 2009, after wandering about 1,000 miles from the Yellowstone region, was poisoned, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday the wolf was ...

Colorado’s Strickland ending Interior service

By Dennis Webb

A Coloradan who is stepping down from a top Interior Department post provided important perspectives there as a westerner and an attorney, a conservation group representative said Monday. Tom Strickland, assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife ...

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