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Junction man with sword accused in assault

By Paul Shockley

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy used a Taser to subdue a man brandishing a Samurai sword after the man allegedly choked another person, according to an arrest affidavit. Christopher Michael Bell, 24, 263 E. Hanover Circle, was ...


Work connects trails for horse lovers, hikers near Fruita

By Paul Shockley

Getting along on horseback in the area of Devils Canyon in McInnis Canyons National Conversation Area had never been a problem for 67-year-old Mark Ackerman. Finding parking space that wasn’t in conflict with other users at Kingsview ...


Mesa County after owner of Mount Garfield property

By Staff

For the last quarter-century, Dale Holm has collected old cars. A couple years back, he started gathering them at the base of Mount Garfield, having moved from his former address at 611 33 Road. His collection of more than 25 vehicles is ...


Budget process takes too long, says one official

By Staff

How long does it take to produce a budget for Mesa County? Too long, according to Commissioner Steve Acquafresca. Mesa County does more budget work than any other county in the state, Acquafresca said during a budget meeting last week. In ...

Eagle Scout papers sans president’s signature

By Staff

Certificates received by Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, traditionally are signed by the president of the United States, but they have yet to be signed by President Barack Obama. The White House ...

Penry backs McInnis for governor

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State Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, will clear up all but one final remaining question from his campaign for governor when he endorses former boss and former rival Scott McInnis today. Penry, the Senate minority leader, withdrew earlier ...

Meeting on meth in Palisade

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Dave Soaker’s interest in keeping methamphetamine users and dealers out of Palisade began when the drug’s problems arrived next door. Soaker, a Palisade resident, lived next door to a home he believed to be filled with up to seven ...

Health department offers seasonal flu vaccine; turnout low

By Staff

Health officials were surprised Friday when the Mesa County Health Department put out the call for people to make appointments for seasonal flu shots, as opposed to H1N1 flu shots, and only a couple hundred people called. Kristy Emerson, ...

Uranium mill may be built in Paradox Valley

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The first uranium mill to be built in the United States in at least 25 years is now before Colorado officials, who have a little more than a year to act on it. Energy Fuels Resources Corp. is proposing to build the 500-ton-per-day mill in ...

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate falls

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Mesa County’s unemployment rate went down two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.4 percent between September and October. The drop, however, is deceiving, according to Mesa County Workforce Center Supervisor Gilbert Lujan. The number of ...

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