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Mesa County OKs contract for new leader

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Mesa County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an employment contract with new Administrator Chantal Unfug that spells out her salary, benefits and conditions under which she can receive severance pay. The agreement calls for her to ...

Area veterans ponder wider war on terror with bin Laden demise

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Local veterans who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan expressed conflicted feelings Monday after the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death. “It was just a lot of relief,” said Brandon Jamison, 30, who served in Iraq ...

Bills advance with session winding down

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado Mesa University, more experts on the state’s parole board and no longer making adultery a crime were among several bills that won approval in the Colorado Legislature on Monday. With slightly more than a week ...

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Woman in tower just before crash shares jubilation

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New Jersey native Sally Benson reveled Monday evening in the knowledge that the man who drove her from her home on the East Coast to western Colorado was finally dead. Benson was in the south tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of ...


Salesman accused of posing as Mesa State student

By Paul Shockley

A magazine salesman is accused of falsely claiming to be a member of Mesa State College’s soccer team raising money for an overseas trip. Scott M. Lewis, 24, of Long Beach, Calif., was booked Saturday at the Mesa County Jail after his ...

Council trims candidate list for block grants

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Grand Junction City Council members Monday whittled down the candidates striving for a chunk of this year’s anticipated $328,569 allocation for Community Development Block Grants. The grants, funded by federal money provided by the U.S. ...


Veteran public defender to receive state honor

By Paul Shockley

At first blush, you wouldn’t think Steve Colvin runs an office dealing in legal work, according to the his friends and colleagues. Humble and wary of the spotlight, the head of the Grand Junction office of the Colorado State Public ...

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Portrait photographer Mauch to retire

By Rachel Sauer

Of all the things that survive, of all the anchors keeping us steady in fluctuating tides, these are the treasures: the missing teeth, the apple cheeks, the wedding-day blushes, the Sunday best, the familiar eyes crinkled at the corners, the ...

Economic group may go different direction

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When the Grand Junction Economic Partnership board meets next week to decide how to replace its departing executive director, it will confront a different landscape than it has in previous searches. More players are in the ...


Despite frost fright, majority of peaches spared in valley

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Back-to-back record-low nights damaged some fruit trees in the east end of the Grand Valley, but several farmers reported Sunday that the majority of their big money-making crops — peaches — survived the frigid weather. Many of ...

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