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First snow bestirs the imagination

By Rachel Sauer

The snow, when it fell, was a crazy jumble, a riot of fat flakes that tumbled groundward. They cartwheeled and pirouetted and careened into other flakes, landing — if you really listened — with a hiss and a poof. It was a visual ...

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Norwood soldier remembered

By William Woody

Pictures form the military services of U.S. Army Cpl. Aaron Cruttenden Wednesday in Grand Junction.  ...

GJ unveils public safety proposal tonight

By Amy Hamilton

Attention Grand Junction residents: You’ll be paying for it, so you might as well have a say in it. City officials will have an open house at 6:30 tonight at city hall about new public safety facilities. An hour earlier, at 5:30 p.m., ...

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It seems like science fiction, but tiny chopper ready to help law officers

By Paul Shockley

Ben Miller learned that federal control over airspace apparently extends underground. Acting on a report in the 2007 disappearance of Grand Junction mother Paige Birgfeld, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year briefly ...

Alert Palisade man’s discovery kicks off frenzy

By Dennis Webb

Gould Construction worker Jesse Steele has been putting in long and tiring days, living in Palisade and commuting to and from his job site in Snowmass Village. But it hasn’t been hard to muster up the energy to go to work in recent ...

Richardson leads clash of views on Arizona law

By Charles Ashby

PHOENIX — With all of the Republican gains in state legislatures and governor’s offices across the nation as a result of this month’s elections, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is fearful more states will approve strict new ...

Task force questions park status

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The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has set up a task force to consider the implications of changing Colorado National Monument to Colorado Canyons National Park. That doesn’t mean the chamber is opposed to the idea, said David ...

Meis tried to use office to avert fine, report says

By Paul Shockley

Contacted by a Colorado State Parks officer, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis repeatedly referred to his elected position while trying to persuade the officer to let him go with a warning for a boating infraction, according to the ...

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One of 2 stolen pit bull puppies back at Rifle shelter

By Dennis Webb

The Rifle Animal Shelter is hoping for a similar outcome for a second stolen pit bull puppy after a first one was recovered last week. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department returned a puppy named Colt to the shelter after it was ...

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Snowmass site mother lode of Ice Age megafauna fossils

By Dennis Webb

SNOWMASS VILLAGE — In the world of paleontology, scientists describe extraordinarily rich fossil sites with a German word, “lagerstatten.” It’s a plural reference to storage places, and Kirk Johnson of the Denver ...

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