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Mesa County unemployment hits recession-era high of 10.1%

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Mesa County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached a recession-era high in November, climbing to 10.1 percent. The county’s unemployment rate increased half a percentage point between October and November. The local ...


Grand Valley teens find love for service

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It’s required at Grand Junction High School, an elective class at Central, the subject of a club at Fruita Monument and something anyone can do on their own at Palisade. Service learning, which can include any kind of volunteering, from ...

Serra’s vacant DA spot filled

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A former prosecutor now in private practice in Montrose will take over as the district attorney of the 7th Judicial District. District Judge Steven Patrick appointed Dan W. Hotsenpiller, a former prosecutor in the 7th Judicial District and a ...

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Man pistol-whipped, robbed

By Paul Shockley

Armed men wearing masks stormed a Grand Avenue home Thursday afternoon, beat a man and stole medical marijuana, Grand Junction police said. The suspects, all described by police as black men, forced their way inside 1025 Grand Ave. around 4 ...

Hampton Inn gives 134 beds to charity

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For the last two months, Vicki McGee tirelessly sought donors to adopt families for the holidays and provide groceries and clothing for needy parents and children. This week, through no effort of her own, charity fell into the lap of the ...

Earmark-laden bill fails; separate measure in works

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An omnibus spending bill that critics derided as laden with earmarks collapsed Thursday. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the Senate would vote instead on a continuing resolution intended to keep the federal government operating ...

Man avoids jail time in high-profile hit-and-run

By Dennis Webb

EAGLE — New York doctor Steven Milo got an apology in an Eagle County courtroom Thursday, but he had wanted much more. Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Fred Gannett gave Denver financial manager Martin Erzinger the option of doing 45 ...

Fruita, Palisade to raise sewer rates to pay for required improvements

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Fruita and Palisade residents likely will pay a little more next year to flush their toilets. The Fruita City Council and Palisade Town Board have adopted or plan to adopt plans that will bump up the municipalities’ sewer rates a few ...

New Rep. Tipton on 3 committees

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U.S. Rep.-elect Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will serve on three committees in the next Congress. Tipton, who owns a small business in Cortez, was assigned to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Small Business committees. All three areas ...

Three area teachers earn board certification

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School District 51 added three educators to its list of National Board Certified Teachers this year. Broadway Elementary teachers Lisa David, Kevin Hardy and Kim Smith are the newest board-certified teachers in the district. Forty District 51 ...

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