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Crawford woman killed in crash

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A Crawford woman was killed Thursday after she was thrown from her sport utility vehicle in a rollover accident. Carol Lyn Lang, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the Colorado State Patrol said. Lang was driving west on ...

Palisade chamber director resigns; board had concerns about 2nd job

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Palisade Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bayley Rogers has resigned after just five months on the job, following a falling out with the chamber’s board of directors. Bennett Price, a member of the chamber board and a town ...


Erratic wind flips boat

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Joe Russo knows all about fierce winds and the havoc they can wreak, having spent 11 years as a firefighter digging fire lines with the U.S. Forest Service. But he said he never witnessed anything like the weather event he saw Thursday in ...

Valley crime dips last year, report shows

By Paul Shockley

Pondering numbers that detail reported crime in the Grand Valley in 2010, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said just wait a quarter or so. Things are subject to change. “When we had a dip in our jail population, I told people, ...

Silt Mesa family sues Antero, 2 other drilling firms

By Charles Ashby

Law firms from Aspen and New York City filed Thursday the first of what is expected to be several lawsuits against natural gas drilling companies operating in Garfield County. The lawsuit, filed in Denver District Court, claims Denver-based ...

Mesa State College looks at going Greek

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Sororities and fraternities are all Greek to Mesa State College students. But a committee forming this spring may change that. A group of students, staff and faculty members is being assembled to examine whether the college should create ...

Community must rally behind change of name for monument, says Rep. Tipton

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The nomenclatural fate of Colorado National Monument ought to be the subject of a Grand Valley-wide discussion, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Whether the monument is to be upgraded to a park “needs to be community driven,” ...

Sex offender sentenced to 15 years for downloading child pornography

By Paul Shockley

A former Grand Junction resident was sentenced earlier this month to serve 15 years in federal prison for downloading child pornography on a home computer. David W. Tunget, 47, also was ordered to serve 20 years supervised release after his ...

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Computer woes halt some revenue functions

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s computer system that handles vehicle registrations and titles will remain down until Monday, the department said Thursday. The Colorado State Titling and Registration System, which went down over the ...

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‘Big-city’ ozone goes rural

By Dennis Webb

Put together the wide-open spaces, low population and light traffic of a place like Rio Blanco County, and it wouldn’t seem like a recipe for an ozone pollution problem. But combine ingredients such as snow cover, air-trapping ...

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