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Caves closed because of fungus

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service has declared thousands of caves and abandoned mines in Colorado and nearby states off-limits to the public for a year in an effort to slow the spread of a fungus that is deadly to bats. The closure began Tuesday. It ...

Teen chased, arrested in Clifton robbery

By Paul Shockley

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday night in connection with a robbery and beating of an employee at a Clifton business. Chad Michael Marez was chased by Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies after he fled out the back door at ...

Tom Tancredo

Tancredo wearing ‘maniacal egotist’ label with a smile

By Charles Ashby

Tom Tancredo may be a “maniacal egotist,” but there’s a method to his madness, he said Tuesday. By entering the race as a third-party candidate, the former Republican congressman turned American Constitution Party ...

‘Murder,’ man’s kin say during his funeral

By Paul Shockley

Several of the mourners who spoke during Tuesday’s memorial service for Jason Kemp referred to the Grand Junction man’s death as murder. Kemp, 31, was shot and killed July 20 in what multiple witnesses described as a confrontation ...


Mortgage rates at lowest levels since Eisenhower years

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Mortgage interest rates below 5 percent might be the sign of a moribund economy to some. Two Grand Junction families, however, are taking advantage of rates that last were this low during the Eisenhower administration. For one family, the ...

June sales tax collections up from June 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Finally, an inkling of hope that Grand Junction consumers may be feeling more comfortable about dipping into their wallets. For the first month this year, sales tax collections in June in Grand Junction were slightly higher than the previous ...

Club 20 tries to reverse Vermillion drilling ban

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The decision by the Bureau of Land Management to cordon off the Vermillion Basin in northwest Colorado against drilling runs contrary to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s history in Colorado, Club 20 says. The Western Slope lobbying and ...


Man jailed, accused of sex with girl, 13

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A 21-year-old Grand Junction man remained in Mesa County Jail on Tuesday after allegations he had consensual sex with a 13-year-old girl. Brandon Stewart was arrested by Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies after the girl’s ...

State a finalist again for Race to the Top education funds

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Colorado is one of 19 finalists in the second round of the Race to the Top competition for federal education funds. Colorado was among 16 finalists in the first round, which was won earlier this year by Delaware and Tennessee. Winners of the ...

EPA to clean up abandoned Montrose business

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the emergency cleanup Tuesday of Elizabeth Mining and Development Inc., a company that long resisted efforts by regulators to comply with environmental laws. Owner Steve Casebolt abandoned the ...

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