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Bond slashed to $15,000 for suspect in child’s death

By Paul Shockley

A judge on Thursday slashed the bond amount for a man who has been described by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger as the prime suspect in the death of an infant. District Judge Richard Gurley ordered bonds reduced to $15,000 for 33-year-old ...

Judge upholds Montrose hospital’s lease to private nonprofit business

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A judge ruled Thursday that the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees was within its statutory rights last fall when it leased the operations and assets of the hospital to a private nonprofit corporation it ...

EPA proposes first rules for fracking wells

By Dennis Webb

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday unveiled a number of proposed oil-and-gas-development air-pollution rules that it says would be highly cost-effective for the industry. Supporters of updating the EPA rules say they are needed ...

Rep.Tipton approves of Boehner’s proposal

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A plan by House Speaker John Boehner won the vote of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Thursday as Republican leaders scurried to gather enough votes to move the bill along. Boehner’s proposal calls for an increase in the debt ceiling ...

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Fashionista takes ‘Runway’ challenge

By Melinda Mawdsley

The whirlwind year for Julie Tierney continued Thursday night as she made it through the first challenge on hit reality show “Project Runway.” During the past 12 months, Tierney, 35, has graduated from Savannah College of Art and ...


Partiers jammed in Justice Center

By Paul Shockley

For Devin Eaton, one trip to Mack will mean at least two trips to Grand Junction. As a result, the 19-year-old Vernal, Utah, man said his first experience at Country Jam USA in June may well be his last for a while. “At least until I ...

Man’s death probed near Vega Reservoir

By Paul Shockley

The Mesa County Sheriff Department’s search and rescue team Thursday worked to recover the body of a man who died in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said they were ...

For 2nd time, suspect refuses to leave cell for hearing

By Amy Hamilton

A man who was arrested after a standoff with police earlier this month again refused to leave his jail cell to appear in court in front of a judge. Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley said Thursday during a review hearing for ...

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Killer’s arrest shocks friends

By Charles Ashby

Frederick Barrett was a reliable carpenter, a budding violinist and an avid reader. To the people who have known him for years, as many as 25 years in some cases, the 61-year-old was anything but a convicted murderer who escaped from a ...

Comments sought on proposed drilling

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal by Dejour Energy (USA) Corp. to drill for natural gas in the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area south of New Castle. However, the agency says it will put off any decisions ...

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