Western Colorado

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Most popular license is columbine

By Charles Ashby

Colorado motorists don’t suffer from a shortage of specialty license plates they can put on their cars or trucks. In fact, they have 69 of them. While the Colorado Legislature routinely considers new ones each year, their approval ...

Free Rx card can save those who qualify up to 20 percent

By Amy Hamilton

Prescription medications can be expensive if you don’t have insurance or are underinsured. All Mesa County residents who fall into these categories can receive an average of 20 percent off medications, thanks to a free prescription ...

Debt collection complaints up sharply, authorities say

By Paul Shockley

The Colorado Attorney General’s office on Monday reported a spike in complaints on suspected phony, and sometimes threatening, debt collection attempts. “We’ve gone from about a half-dozen a week to a half-dozen a ...

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Meet the candidates for Palisade Town Board

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While most communities in Colorado and across the country have slashed budgets in light of double-digit drops in sales-tax revenue, Palisade has more than held its own in this recession. The town of roughly 2,000 posted a 9 percent increase ...

Salazar foes like Palin’s eye on race

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Sarah Palin wants John Salazar out of Congress. And both of the Republicans vying to oppose Salazar in November are enthused about Palin’s interest in their race. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, listed ...

Sheriff not giving up on Clifton, Fruitvale

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Mesa County commissioners say they anticipate scaling back some county services to the east end of the Grand Valley after residents there shunned an effort for annexation by the city of Grand Junction. But Sheriff Stan Hilkey insists he has ...

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Youth, outdoor types will benefit from $110,000 in funds for trail

By Amy Hamilton

Local youth and outdoors types will benefit from a 22-mile trail being built near Delta on public land, thanks to stimulus dollars. For the first time in Colorado on Bureau of Land Management land, money from the American Recovery and ...

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Killer unlikely witness in cold-case trial

By Paul Shockley

A man convicted of killing four people in Grand Junction in 1975 has been named by prosecutors as a potential witness in a trial stemming from two cold-case murders from the same era. Chances are slim, though, that Kenneth Botham, who is ...

District 51 eyes use of alert system

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School District 51 sees potential for the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center’s emergency-notification system beyond public safety updates. The system, which is expected to be launched soon, will send alerts to a person’s ...

Elk foundation to fund projects

By Dave Buchanan

Elk herds and other wildlife in Mesa County and 13 other western Colorado counties are expected to benefit from a variety of conservation projects funded for this year by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The foundation has announced it will ...

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