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Missionary finds reward amid muck of earthquake, tsunami disaster area

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For much of Japan, the word “Fukushima” has become taboo, reflecting the taint of a nuclear disaster. Missionary Christina Huber can hardly wait to get back to it, though. She and her husband, Tim, who are supported by Canyon ...

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Senator hears idea on boosting manufacturing in the Grand Valley

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West Star Aviation in Grand Junction has to send parts to Texas for plating because there is no Grand Junction company in that business. The possibility of getting a Grand Valley company to take on such a business, or building one, came when ...

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Man dies in rollover crash

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A 50-year-old man died Monday afternoon after rolling his vehicle on U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The man, whose name and hometown weren’t released, was heading east when he veered off the ...

Beef recall spreads to Grand Junction

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Sam’s Club stores in Colorado are joining a national recall of about 60,000 pounds of ground beef because the product might be contaminated with E. coli. Sam’s Club voluntarily has contacted members who may have recently purchased ...

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Plastic peaches taking a plunge

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The fate of the Palisade High School Knowledge Bowl team is tied to 2,000 plastic peaches. The team will float the peaches, which cost $5 for one or $10 for three, down the Colorado River at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palisade Peach Plunge to ...

Bennet: Solution to drilling dispute ‘getting closer’

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet voiced optimism Monday about the prospects for legislatively protecting 220,000 acres west of Carbondale from oil and gas development, before heading to the heart of drilling country in Rifle to hear about challenges ...

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Grand Junction High School alumnus offers words of help to new freshmen

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Jamie Utt, a national diversity consultant, returned to his alma mater Monday to help freshmen adjust to the social pressures of high school. Utt graduated from Grand Junction High School in 2003. “It’s really cool to be back ...

Suit against TABOR should be dismissed, says attorney general

By Charles Ashby

A lawsuit intended to throw out the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights should be dismissed, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said in a motion filed Monday. Suthers said a suit filed last May in U.S. District Court in Denver challenging the ...

New formula equals higher ACT scores

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A new formula for calculating average ACT scores in Colorado led the state and School District 51 each to set records this year for highest average ACT score in the 10 years the Colorado Department of Education has released such data. The ...

City of Grand Junction to bid on plan for new park

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction will bid on a grant to plan the future of Las Colonias park, a more than 100-acre parcel of city-owned, riverfront property. Grand Junction City Council members voted Monday night to apply for a $30,000 planning grant through ...

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