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New law to give officials 30 percent raise in 2019

By Charles Ashby

A slew of new laws will go into effect in Colorado this week, including one that will increase the pay for nearly every elected state and county official. While those pay raises won’t kick in until 2019 because state law prohibits ...


Old Far East too far gone?

By Amy Hamilton

In the late 1980s, the Far East restaurant on North Avenue was the place to see and be seen. Teenagers would snag tables along a south-facing bay of windows, order up a pu pu platter and peer down on the busy roadway, spotting friends ...

Energy firm to drill on 1954 lease on Thompson Divide

By Gary Harmon

An energy company considering a swap of lease acreage it holds in the Thompson Divide area has staked out a potential oil and gas drill site on the divide that would be unaffected by the swap, sparking an angry response from its negotiating ...


Corn late but plentiful for today’s festival

By Paul Shockley

While running late with the 2015 harvest, Olathe’s prized sweet corn should easily supply today’s festival, according to a veteran Olathe-area grower. “We’re as late this year as we’ve been over the last 15 years ...

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Three jailed after Craigslist ad for meth

By Paul Shockley

Three people were arrested Thursday night after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers took interest this week in a series of Craigslist postings saying, among things, “let’s get high” and “we can help you find ...

Tipton will visit GJ, Delta, Montrose

By Staff

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will conduct a financial-services roundtable meeting and a town hall on Monday in Grand Junction. Tipton will conduct similar meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Delta and Montrose. Representatives of the ...


Junction man jailed in death of toddler

By Amy Hamilton

A Grand Junction man who admitted to striking his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter was arrested on a warrant Friday night on charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Isaac Paul Ortiz, 21, told investigators he ...


Partners job split between directors

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It became obvious when Joe Higgins jotted down his job duties as executive director of Mesa County Partners that it would take more than one person to replace him when he retired this past April. “The list was three pages long,” ...

Munk joins CMU as new assistant athletic director

By Matt Meyer

Colorado Mesa University announced Thursday the hiring of Joshua Munk as the assistant athletic director for facilities and events. Munk will manage all events and facilities for CMU’s 24 varsity sports. He most recently served as the ...


Rifle City Councilman Dirk Myers dies at 61

By Charles Ashby

Rifle City Councilor Dirk Myers died Thursday of a massive heart attack in his home, Rifle officials said. He was 61. Myers, who was elected to the Rifle City Council in 2013, was a recent resident to town, previously living in Aspen and ...

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