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Fraud alert advised to those whose personal information was breached

By Charles Ashby

If you provided personal information to local law enforcement agencies in recent years, you should take steps to protect yourself from possible fraud, including placing alerts on your credit, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department reminded ...


County to eliminate retirement plan match

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Mesa County will stop providing matches to one of its employees’ two retirement plans next year, marking another benefit reduction in the wake of lagging revenues. Commissioners agreed Monday to eliminate the county’s ...


Replacement test for CSAP likely to cover more grades

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Colorado Board of Education members adopted a list of attributes Monday that the board would like to see in a statewide standardized test to replace the Colorado Student Assessment Program. Attributes of the new testing system had to be ...


Writer: Use of river needs to change

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Not even a trickle of the once-mighty Colorado remains at the dry and dusty end of the river’s run at the Gulf of California. That needs to change, Carbondale author Jonathan Waterman told about 150 people packed into the Saccomanno ...


Online exposure may scare future informants

By Paul Shockley

No immediate ramifications from an unprecedented release of local law enforcement documents have been noticed, but Mesa County prosecutors said some damage may not be realized for years. “Will confidential informants in the future be ...


Man found dead in tent near river

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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a young man whose body was found Sunday inside a tent near the Colorado River. Deputies were sent to an area adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad bridge near the ...


Resort ranch loses battle with gas driller over elk

By Dennis Webb

A giant conservation-focused ranch near De Beque failed in its attempt to prevent drilling of an oil and gas well during what it says is a critical period for elk. The High Lonesome Ranch sued Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. in mid-October ...


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New police unit to assist, not always arrest, homeless

By Amy Hamilton

Local police plan to shorten their arm’s-length approach to homeless issues by adopting a philosophy that works in concert with transients. A twofold effort by police is designed to help homeless folks access services and to assuage ...


Teen boys accused of taking car from two young women

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Grand Junction police are looking for three teenage boys accused of stealing a car from two women early Sunday morning. The women, who were in their late teens or early 20s, were driving in the area of 15th Street and Orchard Avenue around 3 ...


State tries to cap ‘orphan’ wells near De Beque

By Dennis Webb

State oil and gas officials have been working to plug four old, leaky wells in the De Beque area, including one dating to 1911. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission spent some $200,000 to date on the project, partly to build an ...


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