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Candidates converge on Grand Junction

By Charles Ashby

With the general election one week away, the focus for candidates in this year’s races has turned away from campaigning to getting out the vote. But because early voting numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office as of Monday ...

Grand Junction High School teachers present at California conference

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Teachers involved in Grand Junction High School’s STRIVE program will be the only out-of-state presenters at an education conference next month in California. STRIVE, which stands for Students Taking Responsibility and Valuing ...

First big winter storm frosts western Colorado

By Melinda Mawdsley

The first significant winter storm of the season swept through most of western Colorado Monday, particularly in Colorado’s high country. The National Weather Service forecast up to 16 inches of snow for portions of the state by noon ...

State re-examining Silt-area drilling concerns

By Dennis Webb

The Environmental Protection Agency is joining state investigators in taking a new look at concerns about water contamination by natural gas development south of Silt. Such investigations are uncommon for the federal agency. But it has been ...

Contractor repairing cracks in new animal shelter

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Mesa County has reached an agreement with a Denver-based contractor that requires the firm to repair cracks in the new Animal Services building and extend the building warranty in case problems crop up again. The cracks were caused by water ...

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Clifton arson suspected

By Melinda Mawdsley

The Clifton Fire Protection District and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a suspected arson Sunday in Clifton. About 6:40 a.m., emergency personnel went to 3225 Rood Ave., No. 1, after reports of a small fire ...

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Residents ready for Round 3 in fight over gravel pit proposal

By Amy Hamilton

Residents of an Orchard Mesa neighborhood opposed to a gravel mining operation in their area are hoping the third time is a charm. It’s been a rocky tug of war both for the applicant of a gravel pit proposal, Schooley-Weaver ...

New network pulls artists of area together

By Melinda Mawdsley

No one can argue that Sara Oakley is one persistent woman. After 10 years of pitching an idea for an interactive artists group, an effort that included five presentations before city officials, Oakley finally got the grant she desperately ...

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Carbondale fundraiser to help police officer buy specialized prosthetic leg

By Amy Hamilton

Drake Rooks lived in the moment, dodging bullets and escaping from hotel windows before bombs detonated while teaching SWAT maneuvers to civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. For 14 years previously, he worked Grand Valley’s law enforcement ...

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Wild horse debate rears head in Colorado

By Dennis Webb

When Makendra Silverman and a companion recently visited the site of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of wild horses in Wyoming, each was accompanied by a federal public-information officer and an armed ranger. “We’re two women ...

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