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County may add 3 pests to watch list

By Erin McIntyre

Mesa County officials will consider adding three more species to the list of pests and diseases that threaten the commercial fruit industry and are regulated by the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District. Commissioners have been petitioned ...


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Governor to create a broadband office

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Katelin Cook is a solid Republican. As such, the economic development coordinator for Rio Blanco County had no problems with being one of several invited guests of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper when he delivered his sixth ...


Tar sands project
is back in action 
after $7.5M loan

By Dennis Webb

US Oil Sands has closed on a $7.5 million loan with its largest shareholder, allowing it to bring employees and contractors back on the job to get back to work on a Utah tar sands project north of Interstate 70 and just across the Colorado ...


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Dominguez-Escalante plan

By Dennis Webb

Western Colorado’s Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, created by Congress in 2009, now has a plan in place for managing human uses and protecting landscapes, wildlife and other resources. The Bureau of Land Management this ...


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No early release 
for woman who 
poisoned spouse


By Gabrielle Porter

The Colorado Court of Appeals has tossed out a request for a shorter sentence from a Grand Junction woman convicted in 2012 of trying to kill her husband by poisoning his whiskey. Deone Marie Graham, now 50, was sentenced to 24 years in ...


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Molina attack suspect chooses jury trial

By Gabrielle Porter

The 26-year-old Wyoming man believed to be the link between three shooting victims and their assailants in an October attack in Molina has asked to be tried by a jury in May. Jacob Christopher Hoard is accused of directing father-son duo ...


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How we learn the 3 R’s

By Katie Langford

Nearly 200 community members attended the District 51 Foundation’s performance-based learning forum at the Avalon Theatre on Thursday to learn how local students, teachers and principals are adapting to a new learning system. This is ...


District 51 starts search for new chief

By Katie Langford

The School District 51 Board of Education on Thursday met in an initial step to begin the search for a new superintendent to lead nearly 22,000 students and 2,000 employees. Superintendent Steve Schultz recently announced his retirement, ...


Consensus on building-defects law, but not road funding

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans and Democrats in the Colorado House and Senate said Wednesday they’ve come to an agreement on long-sought construction defect legislation, but are at odds over what to do about paying for needed transportation ...


GJ attorney Grattan to become county judge

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction attorney who has specialized in business law will be sworn in this month as a Mesa County judge. Michael Grattan III, a finalist for two other places on the bench, was selected by Gov. John Hickenlooper to replace Gretchen ...


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