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Dan Maes

Candidate Maes says he’s in race to the end

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes will march ahead in what his party chairman says is a virtually impossible task for the candidate: trying to recapture the governor’s mansion. Maes, in a news release issued about 90 minutes ...

‘Thunderbird’ legend lures skiers into trap

By Amy Hamilton

As a boy, Seth Anderson always was curious about what looks to be a hieroglyphic depiction of a large bird on Grand Mesa. American Indians, including Ute Indians who lived on the slopes of Grand Mesa, had stories about the supernatural ...

New Emerson’s focus: technology, math and science

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This year, New Emerson will become the first school in School District 51 to place a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math instruction. While all schools have instruction in these areas, Superintendent Steve Schultz ...

Online GOAL school opens in GJ; home base in Mesa Mall

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A school based at the mall isn’t for everyone. Then again, GOAL Academy teacher Ron Harrison said, a brick-and-mortar school isn’t for everyone, either. GOAL (Guided Online Academic Learning) Academy opened two weeks ago in the ...

Alarm not working during jailbreak, sheriff says

By Paul Shockley

An alarm system along the perimeter fence of the Mesa County Jail, which is sensitive to motion, was not running or was disabled on the night 42-year-old Shane Johnson escaped from the facility in September 2008, an attorney said during a ...

Voting laws work fine, Buescher responds

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Republican Scott Gessler’s insistence that there be higher standards to register to vote in Colorado misses the point, his opponent said. If there are people who are ineligible to vote casting ballots, “Tell us, and we’ll  ...


Teen’s death ruled a homicide

By Paul Shockley

A Central High School sophomore who died Wednesday had attended classes that day until school let out around 2:50 p.m., according to School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland. Approximately 40 minutes later, someone called 911 and told ...

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Father dies in truck crash, less than two years after son’s fatal accident

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A Fruita man who died Thursday when his truck rolled near the west entrance to Colorado National Monument was the father of a man who died in an automobile accident less than two years ago. John Luther Fullmer III, 48, was driving a 2005 GMC ...

‘Choke off’ funds for health care, Tipton says

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The Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District called for reductions in the size of the federal government and said he would vote to “choke off funding” for health-care legislation passed by the current ...


Pot shop owners far from mellow about closing their doors

By Amy Hamilton

After dumping about $20,000 into his medical marijuana dispensary to comply with recent state regulations, Robert Ingalsbe was devastated Thursday to learn that the Grand Junction City Council planned to close his shop. During a workshop ...

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