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Man cuts off toes to escape

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Semi-retired logger John Hutt has always known his line of work is dangerous. Working alone in a remote wilderness in San Miguel County the morning of Aug. 19, he was forced to cut off all of the toes on his right foot after ...

CMU expects enrollment to rise 14.8% over last year

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Enrollment in the Colorado Mesa University system is projected to total about 8,900 students when the school takes its official fall census next week. If achieved, a tally of 8,900 students would mark a 14.8 percent increase from the 7,751 ...

State: Montrose water OK to drink

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Water in Hotchkiss is “absolutely” safe to drink, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Tuesday. “There’s no imminent threat,” said Rick Koplitz, compliance-assurance-monitoring and ...

Serra accuser testifies in trial

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MONTROSE — Not long after 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra was arrested in connection with sexual misconduct charges, he silently confronted his accuser in a local department store, stared at her and smirked in an apparent ...

Meis rankled by road project, blames school

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Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis expressed frustration Monday about how much money the county is investing to improve a two-mile stretch of D 1/2 Road and claimed the location where School District 51 chose to build Pear Park Elementary ...

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Sales tax hike eyed for Fruitvale, Clifton

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Mesa County commissioners are floating the idea of creating an additional sales tax in Clifton and Fruitvale in order for that area to pay more of its own way for county services. County leaders have had preliminary discussions with some ...


Grand Junction man sent to prison for 25 years for slaying his neighbor

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man who authorities believe shot his neighbor in the head for getting involved in a domestic dispute was sentenced Monday to serve 25 years in prison. District Judge Thomas Deister could have sentenced 32-year-old Robert ...

Delta man gets 20 years in 2-year-old boy’s death

By Paul Shockley

A Delta man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the death of a toddler boy. Lukus Koch, 28, will serve an additional five years of parole under the terms handed down Monday by District Judge Charles Greenacre, according to ...

Victim forgives driver in DUI

By Paul Shockley

Kevin Bascue’s legs were shattered by a drunken driver, leading to 10 surgeries and more dates to come under the knife. But on Monday, Bascue told a judge mercy should be extended to the person who put him in that ...

Mountain College begins four-year studies program

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Mountain College opened a new chapter Monday as its first-ever four-year college students started their studies. As of Friday, 137 students were enrolled in the school’s new bachelor programs and also are taking 300-level, or ...

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