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Rapture update: We’re still here

By Charles Ashby

One by one, they disappeared. Not the chosen ones who thought they would be taken by Jesus Christ as part of Saturday’s predicted rapture, which, of course, failed to materialize. No, the atheists who showed up at Eagle Rim Park along ...

Stretch of highway renamed to honor Oglesby, soldier killed in Iraq

By Staff

Anyone who drives the 10-mile stretch of Interstate 70 on this side of the Utah border will be reminded of a real war hero: the late Grand Junction resident Wade J. Oglesby. The Army corporal was killed in the line of duty while serving in ...

Monument park status not a topic at celebration

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Colorado National Monument was hailed as worthy as a site of worship, but officials steered clear Saturday of the pricklier issue of whether it’s worthy to be a national park. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, ...

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De Beque’s all-female 2011 class overcomes challenges, setbacks

By Dennis Webb

DE BEQUE — When De Beque High School’s Class of 2011 strolled out of their graduation ceremony Saturday to the music of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” it summed up the feelings of their senior ...

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Saccomanno, wife of pathology pioneer, dies in Grand Junction at age 92

By Charles Ashby

Virginia Saccomanno, the wife of a nationally known Grand Junction pathologist who paved the way in cancer research, died Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was 92. “She was such a wonderful mother,” said Lenna Watson, a ...

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Graduates stand up for life’s challenges

By Amy Hamilton

Lindsey Scott didn’t fit into the cookie-cutter mold of a traditional high school student. She felt self-conscious about her weight and thought other students were constantly talking about her behind her back. “I had a bad ...

West Slope Hispanic population leaps

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The growth of the Hispanic population in western Colorado over the last decade outstripped that of the region overall, according to U.S. Census figures. Garfield County’s Hispanic population grew by 119 percent, well ahead of the ...

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Hispanics putting down roots in big numbers in Garfield County

By Dennis Webb

When Mexico native Ignacio Mendoza first moved to Carbondale in 1986, “it was hard to find Hispanic people to talk to,” he remembers. “Probably about 20 of us spoke Spanish in Carbondale,” Mendoza said. These are ...


Ex-pro: Doping common in bike racing

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As a professional cyclist in the early- and mid-1990s, Scott Mercier found himself in the uncomfortable position of either cheating to remain competitive or retiring from the sport he loved because of the inundation of performance-enhancing ...


Churchill’s speaking invitation yanked

By Amy Hamilton

Fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill responded in an email Friday to the announcement that a Grand Junction church yanked its invitation to host him as a speaker. Confluence Media Collective, a group that publishes The Red ...

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