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101 pounds of pot found in van

By Paul Shockley

Two Minnesotans are accused of trafficking 101 pounds of marijuana in a van that stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 70 on Thursday afternoon, according to an arrest affidavit. Kim Thai, 34, and Huy Le, both of Eagan, Minn., are being held ...


Wildlife officers kill bear, 2 cubs called nuisance

By Amy Hamilton

A bear and her two cubs that had been seen lately around homes in the area of 26 Road were killed earlier this week by local wildlife officials. The trio with tagged ears,  which had become a nuisance eating from garbage cans in Aspen ...


Businessman faces 20 years in fraud plea

By Paul Shockley

The former owner of a Grand Junction-based health care business faces a maximum possible 20 years in prison under a plea agreement reached Thursday. Anthony Paul Breaux, 33, who operated Honor-Bound Healthcare Providers Inc., pleaded guilty ...


Trucking firm billed $9,012 for creek spill

By Paul Shockley

A bill for $9,012 is in the mail for an insurer representing the owners of a tractor-trailer that crashed last month near Gateway and polluted West Creek with crude oil, the Grand Junction Fire Department said Thursday. The figure accounts ...


Don’t panic: Public mailing causes fear that schools will be bulldozed

By Amy Hamilton

Earlier this month, Mesa County residents voted down a tax hike that would have infused millions of dollars into School District 51. Just a few days after the election, many Grand Valley residents pulled notices from their mailboxes about the ...


Rule change would allow vote efficiency

By Charles Ashby

Onerous state regulations about how electronic voting machines are used could be softened under proposed new rules to be considered by the Secretary of State’s Office, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said Thursday. The rules, put in ...


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Birthday girl bets on trio of elevens

By Amy Hamilton

Today marks a once-in-a-lifetime event for Mariah Martinez of Clifton. The fifth-grader at Rocky Mountain Elementary School turns 11. That’s especially cool considering today’s date, 11/11/11. “She asked for 11 lottery ...


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Workforce Center site not working so well anymore

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Hilltop Community Resources is looking to sell the land and buildings that house the Mesa County Workforce Center and a variety of the nonprofit group’s children’s programs, a move that would open up for development what will ...


Salazar IDs Westwater, other lands for protection

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is highlighting Westwater Canyon and six other sites in Utah and Colorado as especially warranting immediate consideration for protection as wilderness or national conservation areas. Salazar issued a ...


Bankruptcy warning hits Delta Petroleum shares

By Dennis Webb

Delta Petroleum shares traded at sharply lower prices Thursday after it warned a day earlier it may have to file for bankruptcy. Its stock closed at 71 cents a share Thursday, down from $2.05 at the close of trading on the NASDAQ market ...


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