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Neighbors’ meeting turns violent on rural Montrose County road

By Amy Hamilton

A confrontation between two less-than-friendly neighbors erupted into violence after they encountered each other on a rural Montrose County road. One woman was shot, and the shooter was temporarily blinded with bear pepper spray, according to ...

Soldier’s reason for thanks: 10 days on leave

By Rachel Sauer

First it was the wrong plane. “Is this his?” someone asked, and the answer, unfortunately, was no. This one was United from Denver, and they needed American from Dallas, so there was no point in scrutinizing every person who ...

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Woman gets 146 years for stabbing death

By Paul Shockley

A 20-year-old woman was sentenced Wednesday to serve 146 years in prison for the January stabbing death of a man and her attempt afterward to hire a hit man to silence witnesses. In handing down the sentence, District Judge Brian Flynn said a ...

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Family’s Bible story at key juncture

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Margaret R. Baker Williams is desperately seeking Margaret Ann Holmes Rhodes so she can pass along to her a valuable family heirloom after she dies. Williams, 85, of Grand Junction, inherited a 178-year-old Bible from her cousin, Margaret L. ...

Gratitude lifts spirit not just on Thanksgiving

By Rachel Sauer

The winter of 1620-1621 wasn’t especially harsh by New England standards, but scurvy and starvation and cholera made it nearly unbearable. Huddled aboard the small ship Mayflower where it was docked in the Massachusetts Bay, the ranks ...

Driver killed, four injured when car, truck collide

By Amy Hamilton

UPDATE: Wednesday, 4:45 p.m Rachel E. Counts, 19, of De Beque, has been identified as the deceased driver of a two-vehicle crash near De Beque, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. Five other passengers were in the vehicle at ...

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Delta County woman shot, wounded; man arrested

By Amy Hamilton

A woman was shot in the abdomen, and a man was in police custody Tuesday night after a shooting in rural Delta County, according to Undersheriff Mark Taylor of the Delta County Sheriff’s Department The woman was conscious and speaking ...

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Arrest warrant issued in Moab ranger shooting

By Paul Shockley

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for the man suspected of shooting a park ranger near Moab on Friday. Lance Leeroy Arellano, 40, the focus of a manhunt entering its fifth day, is wanted on suspicion of attempted aggravated murder of Parks ...

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While many towns are cutting staffers, Palisade hires more

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For most communities statewide and in the Grand Valley, the slow crawl back from the recession means hiring freezes, furloughs and layoffs remain the norm. Palisade, though, is dusting off its help-wanted sign. The town next year plans to ...

Not many options exist for more money for District 51

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Getting more money for School District 51 as it faces potential cuts next year would take voter support, a change in funding policy, donations or a little luck in the grant application pool. When it comes to asking voters for a tax increase, ...

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