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Suspect pleads guilty in beating death outside bar in downtown

By Amy Hamilton

Family members of slain 32-year-old Richard Lee Martinez fought back tears Friday, winding their arms around each others’ backs in the front row of the courtroom. Though loved ones had been bracing for a summer trial for the man accused ...

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Explosive device leads to arrest

By Amy Hamilton

A Clifton man faces a single felony charge after authorities at Colorado West Mental Health found him with an explosive device. Joe Franklin Gomez, 49, 539 Pearce St., received a $7,500 personal recognizance bond Friday in court after being ...

Dow trends upward, as it nears 11,000

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The Dow’s unsteady march toward 11,000 is more a testament to the stability and patience of investors rather than any single development, Grand Junction investment experts said. And it’s possible that patience soon could be ...

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Late-blooming fruit trees please growers

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The fruit growers in Palisade seem to be the only ones not complaining about this year’s chilly spring temperatures in the Grand Valley. “The blooms are coming out later than average this year, when generally they bloom too early, ...

Lottery ticket sold in Grand Junction wins $1 million

By Paul Shockley

Someone with a Powerball ticket purchased recently in Grand Junction is a millionaire, according to Colorado Lottery officials. The ticket was purchased at the Shell station, 745 Horizon Drive, sometime between Saturday and Wednesday ...

Cabela’s to open Grand Junction store May 20

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado’s first Cabela’s store will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. May 20 in the Mesa Mall. Grand Junction’s great affinity for everything outdoors was the leading reason the city was selected by the popular Sidney, ...

Study looks at affordable housing

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Low rents in Mesa and Garfield counties have helped keep the heart of the Western Slope from dire shortages in affordable housing, according to a study released Thursday. But that doesn’t mean the area has enough affordable housing for ...

Versatile economist Ben Stein to speak at Mesa State

By Charles Ashby

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Matthew Broderick missed Ben Stein’s lecture in the hit movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” but residents of Mesa County shouldn’t when the comedian, actor, attorney, economist and author ...

ISSUE: Restaurants scrub interiors, images to bring back customers

By Amy Hamilton

Step inside the double doors of one Mesa County restaurant and expect to be awed with the rendition of a lotus flower unfolding in the tile work. An expansive buffet is creatively encased in a wooden boat, and rows of tabletops are shined to a ...

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Children’s Place opening in Mesa Mall

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A publicly held children’s clothing company will open next month in Mesa Mall, meeting a niche need for the mall and marking a move into a midmarket for the retailer. The Children’s Place “does fill something of a void in ...

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