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Pooch a bit too poochy?

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Losing a few pounds in the New Year can give you more energy and help you avoid obesity-related illnesses. Those are benefits anyone can appreciate, whether they have a tail or not. Tiara Rado Animal Hospital Manager Susan Kingsbury thought ...

Atheist to give first invocation at council meeting

By Amy Hamilton

For the first time in Grand Junction’s history, an atheist will deliver the invocation at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting. The event is a landmark for the local atheists’ group, Western Colorado Atheists & ...

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Down economy forced Gov. Ritter to abandon some programs while he also came under fire

By Charles Ashby

Frustrating. That was the single word outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter used to describe his four years in office. Frustrating that the worst recession in decades hit the state and nation on his watch. Frustrating that it caused Colorado to have to ...

Top Story #5: Plagiarism scandal stunts McInnis’ campaign for guv

By Charles Ashby

Former congressman Scott McInnis might well have been elected governor of Colorado had it not been for a plagiarism scandal that upended his campaign this summer. The Grand Junction resident was expected to win the Republican nomination over ...

Top Story #2: Data breach surprises county

By Paul Shockley

The technology error of a lifetime in Mesa County happened in seconds and lingered for months. Fallout may not be realized for years. A click of a computer mouse by a now-former employee of the county’s Information Technology ...

Top Story #3: Economy continued to suffer through year

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The local economy fell into a rut in 2009 and it never climbed out in 2010, despite tentative hopes and predictions the second, then the third, then the fourth quarter would show an uptick in employment and consumer confidence. Unemployment ...

Top Story #4: Medical pot a burning issue

By Amy Hamilton

Whether elected officials or voters should decide if medical marijuana centers and grow operations should be allowed was the focus of hours of public meetings, debates and demon- strations as municipalities tried to catch up to a burgeoning ...

Garfield to consider Antero deal on Silt Mesa gas development

By Dennis Webb

A settlement Antero Resources is offering to Garfield County on proposed Silt-area drilling is intended to enable the parties to “work together toward a practical solution” rather than being dictated to by the state, company ...

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Montrose ‘Witch Doctors’ guard unit heading to war

By William Woody

MONTROSE — In just a few days, 85 local citizen-soldiers will have their boots planted firmly on the ground in Afghanistan, some 7,000 miles away. They will be there for a year. The 928 Area Support Medical Company National Guard unit, ...

Top story of year: Turmoil in Mesa County government

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If there was one constant within Mesa County government in 2010, it was turmoil. Turmoil in the highest ranks of the administration that led to several resignations and firings. Turmoil among county commissioners who sparred over the ...

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