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Downtown loses some of its shine

By Erin McIntyre

This chair held the most important people. It didn’t matter if they were famous actors or janitors, bank presidents or bank robbers, anyone who sat in this chair felt valued by the man who owned it and treated them each with care and ...

Work stops for advisers to BLM

By Dennis Webb

Western Coloradans tasked with speaking their minds to the federal Bureau of Land Management about the issues the agency faces have generally gotten the silent treatment from the government about why their work has been put on hold. The ...


Grant helps bike company maintain momentum

By Charles Ashby

Trying to be innovative isn’t easy, and it sure isn’t cheap. But when an entrepreneur for a small manufacturing company comes up with something that few others have thought of, it seems fitting that he or she is given the help ...

Reservoirs on Gunnison release snowmelt flows

By Gary Harmon

Releases of water from the high-mountain reservoirs on the Gunnison River have begun as part of an effort to mimic spring runoff flows that match those in which endangered species in the Colorado River once thrived. Inflow from snowmelt into ...


VA nurse honored for her innovation

By Charles Ashby

A nurse at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Beth Roten, was honored last week in the leadership in innovation category at the annual State of Colorado’s Nightingale Award Ceremony. Roten, who also is chief of ...

Facebook threat forces lockdown of Fruita hospital

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Canyons Hospital in Fruita was on lockdown for nearly 24 hours after an unknown threat was made to the facility late Saturday, hospital officials said Sunday. The person who made the threat is in the Mesa County Jail, said Stacey ...


Online co-hosts are suspect, victim in murder

By Amy Hamilton

The suspect and victim in last weekend’s fatal shooting in Clifton co-hosted a popular feminist YouTube channel, The Skeptic Feminist, according to online postings. Aleksandr Kolpakov, 29, is in the custody of the Mesa County Jail on a ...

Path to child’s name change not without obstacles

By Gabrielle Porter

RELATED STORY: Shedding an abusive past Susie Smith was 15 when she was impregnated by her much older rapist. She kept the child. Now, years after her attacker was prosecuted, convicted, sentenced and paroled, the 30-year-old Mesa County ...


Shedding an abusive past

By Gabrielle Porter

AUDIO EXTRA: listen RELATED STORY: Path to child’s name change not without obstacles She’s so 14. Her nails are painted, but the paint is a little chipped — maybe from playing basketball with the neighbor boy, her best ...


Hickenlooper christens range at Cameo

By Rachel Sauer

Fortunately, he hit his target. It can’t have been easy aiming 100 yards downrange with about 150 people watching, but Gov. John Hickenlooper sighted the custom 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, made for the occasion by Mesa Precision Arms, ...

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