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Mesa County poised for budget hit of 10 percent

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The knife Mesa County used to trim its budget this year will cut deeper across all county departments next year, and finance officials warn they expect revenue to fall further before any rebound emerges on the horizon. Acting County ...

Pledge recital in Spanish a concern for parents

By Dennis Webb

Parents have voiced concerns to the Garfield Re-2 school board over the recent recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish in a middle school, and about a Latino-themed high school club. Rifle resident Tina Holtz said she became ...

Team of scientists finds hints of fabled cavern on Grand Mesa

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A cave could be tucked beneath the basalt cap of Grand Mesa, or so it would seem from photographs taken with a camera lowed ingeniously from the top. That’s the finding of the Western Investigations Team, which set out a year ago to ...

Police violated policy 8 times in 6 months

By Paul Shockley

Over six months, internal investigations at the Grand Junction Police Department confirmed policy violations in eight cases, according to records released by the department last week. All of the cases resulted in discipline or ...

Pastor blesses the beasts

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There’s more than one reason the phrase doesn’t go “quiet as a church dog.” Dozens of dogs, well outnumbering a couple of cats wisely tucked into carriers, sniffed, barked and tugged on their leashes while gathered for ...


Airport work winds down

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The finishing touches are coming for the $20 million renovation project at Grand Junction Regional Airport. In the past two years, the airport has replaced Walker Field signs with ones brandishing its new name, put in thousands of flowers ...

Animals and their people stick tight, like Velcro

By Rachel Sauer

Several years ago, Ozzie was a wreck, a hyper, needy spaz whose main focus was scattershot mayhem. These days, though — and Saturday afternoon specifically — he earns the distinction of Good Boy. As in, who’s a good boy? ...

Man hospitalized after motorcycle crash

By Staff

One man was still at St. Mary’s Hospital Saturday night after a motorcycle crash at the intersection of 7th Street and the Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction. The man, whose identity is not being released, was taken to the hospital via ...

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Youngsters celebrate decade on Earth on this auspicious calendar date

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

At 10:10 a.m. today, 10-10-10, while turning 10 years old, Tyler Speer will have his picture taken to mark this once-in-a-lifetime moment. Tyler is among three fourth-graders at Wingate Elementary whose foray into double-digits begins ...

State to receive $17.5 million to back small-business loans

By Charles Ashby

Last year when the nation’s economy began to go south, Gov. Bill Ritter pushed funding for a dormant program designed to help entrepreneurs get the bank loans they need to start a small business, operate an existing one or simply grow ...

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