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Jobless rate down slightly for August in Mesa County

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Unemployment in the Grand Valley slipped from 10 percent in July to 9.5 percent in August, even as the work force grew slightly, according to figures compiled by the Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment. The rate in Mesa County, ...

091611 firefighter

By Gretel Daugherty

Firefighter/paramedic Cory Black discusses falling through the floor of White Hall as he was battling the black Thursday morning.  ...

White Hall Fire 091511

Fire guts historic White Hall

By Paul Shockley

A prospective buyer for White Hall made a formal offer for the historic building one day before it nearly burned to the ground, according to a Realtor representing the property’s owner. First Choice Realtor Harry Hotimsky said the ...

Residents have fond memories of White Hall

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The prime acoustics of the building that housed a congregation, a performing-arts center and a string of private events over nearly a century disappeared Thursday in a column of flame and smoke. When flames gutted the interior of the former ...


De Beque tries another mill levy override to help shrinking school

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De Beque School District 49-JT Superintendent Steve Strong hopes a mill levy override on November’s ballot will put students back in empty desks. De Beque’s has decreased by one-third in two years. Strong believes students who ...

Loma business owner, Fruita mayor latest to join race for Mesa County Commission

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Loma rancher and small business owner Wes D’Aponti declared his candidacy for the Mesa County Commission on Thursday, portraying himself as a defender of agriculture and promoter of responsible energy development. Dressed in a cowboy ...

Ruling favors tax exemption for utility firms

By Charles Ashby

Machinery that Xcel Energy and other power producers purchase to generate electricity are exempt from the state’s sales and use taxes, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Taxing that machinery, including the transformers used ...

School board elections attract few candidates

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Two Mesa County-based school districts will have uncontested school board races in November, and one will have a single contested seat for voters to decide. School districts can opt out of having a school-board election if all candidates are ...

Former superintendent returns to lead school district

By Staff

After a seven-year absence, Steve Strong is back at the helm of De Beque School District 49-JT. Strong was the district’s superintendent from 1994 to 2004 and returned to the position this fall. He served as superintendent of Dolores ...

Sex offender accused of stabbing two people in downtown Junction

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A Grand Junction man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing two people in south downtown Grand Junction earlier this summer. Fredrick Robert Chihocky Jr., 30, 575 Dike Road, was booked into Mesa County Jail on Wednesday after being ...

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