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‘A monster did this’

By Erin McIntyre

A 22-year-old Grand Junction man was sentenced to 32 years in prison Monday for killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter last year. Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister handed down the sentence to Isaac Ortiz after listening to ...


Accident near Norwood kills 7-year-old boy, injures three

By Amy Hamilton

A nasty one-vehicle crash involving five occupants on Colorado Highway 145 on Sunday night claimed the life of a 7-year-old Norwood boy and sent his mother and two other people to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the San Miguel ...

State auditors: PERA fund operating properly

By Charles Ashby

While the number of years it will take for most of the funds under the state’s largest public employee pension plan to be fully funded are more than officials would like, the plan still received a clean bill of health from state auditors ...


Man suspected of making hash oil, igniting fire

By Mike Wiggins

A Fruita man was arrested after he allegedly sparked a fire at his home earlier this month by making marijuana concentrate in the bedroom of his two children. Billy G. Beebe, 22, was advised in court Monday that he could be charged with ...

Tobacco-tax surge makes state ballot

By Charles Ashby

A measure to raise the state’s tobacco taxes by more than three times the current rate qualified for the November ballot on Monday. That effort, pushed by about 50 different groups, is expected to raise about $315 million in its first ...

County accepts grant for airport concrete project

By Gary Harmon

Passengers boarding and leaving commercial planes at Grand Junction Regional Airport will soon see the concrete on the east side being replaced. Work can begin on the area with the acceptance Monday by the Mesa County Commission of a $4.2 ...


Ex-wife: Jones tried to kill me in 1999

By Gabrielle Porter

Jurors heard Monday how Lester Jones in 1999 followed his ex-wife and the man she was dating in a car, chased them from Lazear to Paonia, ran them off the road, rammed the car they were driving and shot twice at the man, grazing his head, as ...

Warmer world may not impact Upper Colorado groundwater

By Dennis Webb

A new U.S. Geological Survey finds groundwater levels in the Upper Colorado River Basin may hold steady over the rest of this century despite a warming climate. The revelation comes just months after another study by the same agency found ...


Disc golf tourney offers $10,000

By Amy Hamilton

It’s not everyday you get a chance to win $10,000. For those who like who to “throw plastic” or play disc golf, an exciting tournament is coming to Grand Junction’s Watson Island next weekend. The second annual ...

Rural health clinics win grants from federal agency

By Charles Ashby

Six medical clinics on the Western Slope were among those nationwide to be awarded a share of more than $100 million in grants last week from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grants, most of which went to small clinics ...

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