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City of Grand Junction forced to cut $5.5 million from 2010 budget

By Emily Shockley

City Manager Laurie Kadrich presented $5.5 million in budget cuts Wednesday night to the Grand Junction City Council, and they will take effect immediately. The council did not need to vote on the proposed cuts or spending deferrals for the ...

Police blotter: March 4, 2010

By Staff

Drugs alleged in arrest Gary Michael Dean, 31, 3282 E Road in Clifton, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana, following a ...

Jobs report ‘a bit of a stretch’

By Charles Ashby

A list of renewable-energy jobs created since Gov. Bill Ritter has been in office is overinflated, at least as far as one Grand Junction company is concerned. Ritter’s office routinely puts out a list that touts the number of ...

Local men victims of N.C. crime

By Paul Shockley

One man sits in jail, the other is vice president of a construction firm. Seth Thompson, 34, took the witness stand Feb. 24 in the trial of the man accused in 2004 of running over Thompson during a 50-mile road rampage that injured five ...

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Cops: Adderall factor in rape

By Amy Hamilton

A 24-year-old Clifton man was in jail Tuesday on a $75,000 bond on suspicion he persuaded a teenage girl to take drugs and then sexually assaulted her at a party. Matthew Michael Dolan, 521 Pauline St., No. 4, was arrested Monday on a warrant ...

Attorney: City vote was illegal

By Emily Shockley

The appointment of new Grand Junction City Council member Sam Susuras may have involved illegal voting methods, according to open meetings law and a prosecutor handling a lawsuit recently levied against the Fort Morgan City Council for similar ...


Man caught trafficking humans a third time, officials say

By Amy Hamilton

A 34-year-old Mexican national who was caught Monday on Interstate 70 transporting 10 other illegal immigrants in a van had been deported for doing the same thing in Mesa County in 2006. Juan Miguel Rodriguez was driving eastbound on ...

School calendar adopted

By Emily Shockley

The School District 51 Board of Education adopted the 2010-11 school year calendar Tuesday night and voted unanimously to add Rocky Mountain Elementary School to the list of institutions that will follow the traditional calendar. Currently, ...

Report: climate, not beetles, main cause of forest fires

By Dennis Webb

A new report by four forest ecologists says climate rather than beetles is the main cause of forest fire risk, and that risk is best addressed by creating defensible spaces around homes instead of logging in the backcountry. The report, ...

Delta County School’s superintendent will retire July 1

By Emily Shockley

Mike McMillan will retire July 1 after six years as Delta County School District 50J’s superintendent. McMillan began his teaching career in the school district in 1971 and has been with the district since. He said he was offered a ...

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