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Footprints trip up alleged vandal

By Staff

A man who allegedly was at least partially identified by his shoe prints — left clearly in the dust of a fire extinguisher spread as part of a vandalism spree at Orchard Avenue Elementary School — faces potential criminal counts of ...


Coroner: Rider in fatal motorcycle wreck was drunk

By Erin McIntyre

The man who was killed last week when his dirt bike crashed into a car was not wearing a helmet and had a high blood-alcohol level, according to information released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. Grand Junction resident Matthew ...

Bill seeks release of protected parcels

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is proposing releasing three areas in Mesa, Delta and Jackson counties from further consideration for designation as wilderness areas, an action he says would get them out of land-management limbo. Tipton’s ...


Man accused of sexually abusing 2 kids over 6 years

By Gabrielle Porter

A 77-year-old Clifton man accused of sexually abusing two children over a nearly six-year period has been arrested and faces more than 40 criminal charges in the case. Raymond Leonard, 77, was arrested Saturday after one of the children ...


Feeling the itch

By Erin McIntyre

Mosquito-control officials are scrambling to get ahead of the blood-sucking pests, after some changes in how the district does business and the departure of its leader put it behind schedule and the insects got a head start. In normal years, ...


Archeology students in the field

By Katie Langford

While most folks sought air conditioning and swimming pools during the triple-digit temperatures last week, a handful of students and staff from Colorado Mesa University went digging for history. CMU archeology students excavated areas of the ...


Alcohol levels high in pair who drowned in Highline Canal

By Erin McIntyre

Two people who drowned after their car crashed into a canal on June 24 have been identified as Grand Junction residents Micah Schmidt and Sarah Collison. Schmidt, 26, was driving the 2012 Chevy Cruze that ended up partially submerged in the ...


With primary approaching, Blaha, Graham have most cash on hand

By Charles Ashby

Republicans will find out on Tuesday who their party’s representative will be to challenge Democrat Michael Bennet for his seat in the U.S. Senate. That race pits five candidates against each other: El Paso County Commissioner Darryl ...

Vandals damage Blaine’s Tomatoes crop, greenhouses

By Erin McIntyre

Blaine Diffendaffer thought an ornery raccoon got into his greenhouse and ripped up his carrots in the middle of the night. Or maybe it was a deer that ripped through the plastic with its antlers. But when he saw the footprints and the ...

Local water user groups share in federal grants

By Charles Ashby

Two Western Slope water users associations will benefit from a federal effort to help mitigate drought issues and combat climate change. The Grand Valley and Uncompahgre Valley water user associations were among 76 projects chosen nationwide ...

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