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Abuse alleged; charge of first-degree murder possible

By Amy Hamilton

When Desiree Beck left her Delta home to go to work Dec. 22, her five-month-old baby girl seemed healthy. But when she called later that day to check in with her husband, the only person who had been with their two daughters that day, ...

Recycling fees more than double in Grand Valley

By Staff

Waste Management has more than doubled recycling fees for its residential customers in the Grand Valley. Beginning this month, the cost charged to residents to recycle newspaper, plastic, aluminum and other materials increased from $2 a month ...

Ritter hasn’t signed rules, but they take effect today

By Dennis Webb

They have yet to receive Gov. Bill Ritter’s imprimatur, but long-awaited and debated new oil and gas rules take effect on private lands in Colorado today. The rules’ implementation follows an apparent last-minute push by energy ...

Bill would keep extra state money from re-Bruced districts

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A new school-finance measure before the Legislature would prevent school districts from getting more state dollars by reinstating revenue limits. Mesa County commissioners discussed the idea of reinstating revenue limits for School District ...


Indigent costs a concern for local funeral homes

By Staff

The two funeral homes in town that cremate the indigent are doing what they can to protect themselves from being stuck with the bill. Callahan-Edfast Mortuary and Martin Mortuary are reminding Mesa County of its obligation to pay for the ...

Medical condition may be to blame for crash that killed 91-year-old

By Staff

Authorities on Tuesday said a sudden medical condition may have contributed to the death of an elderly Hotchkiss man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday. The accident happened about 10:15 a.m. a little more than a mile west of ...

Man, 18, accused of sex with 13-year-old

By Carrie Marfitano

An 18-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department says Alex Tyler Winn had sex with a 13-year-old girl twice in February. The girl, who had run away ...

Mesa State eyes tuition increase

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A loss of $1.6 million in state funding has Mesa State College looking at additional cuts and acknowledging that tuition might increase to cover the gap. The Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee this week reduced spending on higher ...


Funds to speed Moab tailings removal

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The federal government will provide $108 million from the economic stimulus package to push ahead more quickly with the cleanup of uranium mill tailings from Moab, Utah. The new spending will more than double the number of employees from 125 ...

Police find date-rape drug, lab at dorm

By Carrie Marfitano

Grand Junction police have arrested a Mesa State College student on suspicion of making and trying to sell a large quantity of a date-rape drug. Police allege Kiefer Clark Townsend, 18, made the drug, known as gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB, ...

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