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Standoff in Redlands ends peacefully

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A report of an assault and car theft at a Redlands home turned into a three-hour standoff with law enforcement that ended peacefully Thursday evening. Deputies were called to 590 Dike Road around 3:50 p.m. after a man reported he was ...

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City critic may seek position on the council

By Amy Hamilton

An outspoken watchdog of Grand Junction’s police operations is considering a run for City Council. Jacob Richards has been an activist in local protests, and his allegations last year of police breaking up homeless camps resulted in the ...

2 fracking crews leave Piceance for more lucrative areas

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Two Grand Junction-based fracking crews are being sent from the Piceance Basin to work on freeing petroleum products with more market heft than natural gas. BJ Services, 2403 Riverside Parkway, is sending the crews to undisclosed markets, ...

Resource fair can’t offer employment

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Even job-fair coordinators are having a tough time finding jobs to highlight in Mesa County. That’s part of the reason why the annual Jump Start Resource Fair hosted by the Mesa County Workforce Center switched last year from a job fair ...

45% receive free, discount school meals

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School District 51 crept closer this year to having half of its students on free or reduced meal plans. This fall, 45.5 percent of District 51 kindergarten through 12th-grade students received free or reduced-price meals at school. ...

New guv rolling into GJ tonight for celebration

By Staff

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia aren’t finished celebrating their election to office. Although the two recently sworn-in state officials held their inaugural dinners in Denver earlier this week, they plan ...

Drilling permits top nearby states

By Dennis Webb

Colorado’s 2010 oil and gas well permit levels exceeded those of several nearby states, according to a year-end report. Dave Neslin, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said in a memo to the commission the ...

Moderate Hickenlooper sets tone in speech that appeals to many

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov.  John   Hickenlooper earned just as many accolades from Republicans as he did Democrats when he delivered his first State of the State speech Thursday. That’s because the moderate Democrat talked about ...

Mesa State may opt out of state system

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Mesa State College workers could hold a vote to opt out of the state personnel system under a bill introduced by two Grand Junction Republicans on Wednesday. While Rep. Laura Bradford, who introduced House Bill 1007 with Sen. ...

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Palisade board OKs expansion of distillery

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A Palisade distillery that more than doubled its square footage in recent years without seeking approval from the town will be able to maintain those expanded operations and add on a little more. It also will try to minimize impacts on nearby ...

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