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Bacterial disease found in 2 rabbits on Redlands

By Emily Shockley

Two rabbits have tested positive for the bacterial disease tularemia in the last two weeks in Mesa County, prompting the Mesa County Health Department to urge caution when encountering dead animals. Both rabbits were found dead at separate ...


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California mother traveling with kids 
is jailed in meth bust

By Paul Shockley

A California mother faces possible mandatory prison time after a traffic stop on Interstate 70 turned up 6 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her truck, according to court records. Aside from packages of meth, an arrest affidavit alleges, ...


State buys wildfire spotting aircraft

By Charles Ashby

The state is now the owner of two aircraft that it will use to spot and report wildfires, the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control announced Monday. The division signed a contract with Centennial-based Sierra Nevada, Corp., a ...


Tipton calls for security of borders

By Gary Harmon

Frustration with illegal immigration dominated a town hall in which U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., met with about 30 people in Fruita. “There isn’t one of us who doesn’t recognize the humanitarian tragedy” in the ...


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Congressional challenger Tapia touts cross-party cooperation

By Gary Harmon

Former state Sen. Abel Tapia, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., pitched himself as being able to work on both sides of the political aisle on Monday. Tapia, who most recently served four years as executive director of ...


School District 51 board to recognize band directors for awards

By Staff

Seven School District 51 band directors will be recognized during the school board meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Basil T. Knight Center, 596 N. Westgate Drive, for earning Colorado Bandmasters Association awards. Seventeen band directors ...


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Supporters back senator at first court appearance

By Paul Shockley

State Sen. Steve King smiled and laughed at times in conversation inside a Mesa County courtroom while his lawyer waived advisement of criminal charges Monday morning. “I know Mr. King,” District Judge Valerie Robison told ...


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Mesa County unemployment rate lowest since 2009

By Charles Ashby

Colorado’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.3 percent in July, the lowest level it’s been since October 2008, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Monday. At the same time, the unemployment rate for the Grand ...


Attorney: Grand Junction airport directors broke law

By Gary Harmon

The beginnings of the search that led to the identification of a single finalist to head Grand Junction Regional Airport should have been conducted in public, according to a Colorado Press Association attorney, who wrote the board asking that ...


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State high court prevents Stapleton from looking at PERA records

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected State Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s appeal in his case to get more information from the state’s largest public employee pension system, and he’s not happy about it. Stapleton said ...


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