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Briefs, July 7, 2011

By Staff

Fundraiser for military families begins Hilltop’s Regional Office Operation Homefront’s Back to School Brigade, collecting new school supplies for military families, will be from July 8-25, at the Dollar Tree Stores in Delta (121 ...

Fire district urged to fill board seats

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Mesa County leaders this week will send a letter to the Lands End Fire Protection District advising it to refill its depleted board of directors, or county commissioners will do it for the district. Commissioners on Wednesday directed County ...

Schools foundation to roll out campaign ideas

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The District 51 Foundation board will meet this month to discuss what to do with the $1,500 in donations it has collected so far and how to increase that amount. The foundation’s bylaws allow the organization to spend donations on ...

‘American Idol’ auditions are set

By Melinda Mawdsley

Local auditions for the hit reality TV show “American Idol” will be held soon for solo singers who are 15 to 28 years old. Station Fox 4 Grand Junction is hosting the auditions, which begin with registration at 8 a.m., Saturday, ...

No pot shops for one year, Fruita says

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Wanting to negate the possibility of a medical marijuana center opening in Fruita after being shuttered in another community, the Fruita City Council on Tuesday agreed to enact a yearlong moratorium on such businesses. Council members ...

Library asks for comments in survey about branches, programs, services

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Do you use the library more to download eBooks or use the Internet — or not at all? The Mesa County Public Library District is seeking answers to such questions from users and non-users alike as part of a usage ...


Former travel agent ordered to repay airlines almost $600,000

By Paul Shockley

A former Grand Junction travel agent was ordered Monday to pay nearly $600,000 in restitution and court fees for a scheme that defrauded major airlines out of tens of thousands of dollars. Rodney Thompson, the former owner of Travel Masters, ...

Udall presses Forest Service over timber, jobs

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is asking the Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service to address beetle-killed trees, timber contracts and preservation of three of the state’s largest sawmills. In a letter he sent ...

Woman finds her own stolen car, calls police in time to arrest pair

By Charles Ashby

Tauna Oliver couldn’t believe her luck Tuesday. The Fruita resident just happened to be driving down North Avenue at approximately 10:30 a.m. when she spotted a big red S emblem on the back of a chocolate gray Toyota Corolla Sport ...

Jury seated for Lochmiller trial in Denver

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DENVER — A 15-member jury today will hear opening arguments and the beginning of testimony about the unraveling of Valley Investments in Grand Junction more than two years ago. Federal prosecutors allege Valley Investments owner Philip ...

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