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State lawmakers introduce legislation with partisan tones

By Charles Ashby

From the serious to the not-so-serious, about 130 bills were introduced into the Colorado Legislature during its first few days of the 2017 session. While some deal with less than crucial topics, such as creating a special license plate for ...


Officials hope to get input about relieving congestion at monument entrance

By Rachel Sauer

In a move to address current and the possibility of future congestion at the Colorado National Monument east entrance, monument staff will host two open houses to solicit input and ideas. The meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at ...


Traffic Alert, Jan. 15, 2017

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ B 1/2 Road Overpass Project at U.S. Highway 50, Orchard Mesa: B 1/2 Road Overpass is scheduled to reopen ...


Tipton glad to return to natural resources

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is hoping to play a bigger legislative role on natural-resource issues facing Colorado and the West as a result of a committee appointment announced Friday. Tipton, R-Colo., learned he will serve on the House Committee ...


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Former Junction woman is targeted by fake social news

By Erin McIntyre

Doris Truong remembers one of the first times she was mistaken for being the same as others with Asian heritage. She was attending kindergarten in Grand Junction, and the teacher asked her to explain what was going on to Asian classmates who ...


Broadband grants to aid rural folks

By Dennis Webb

Thousands of rural Western Slope residents, including some in Mesa County’s Plateau Valley, will be among the beneficiaries of the first round of grants issued by Colorado’s newly created Broadband Deployment Board. The Department ...


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As Fruita grows, so does fire squad

By Amy Hamilton

In response to increasing call loads and responsibilities, the Lower Valley Fire Department has restructured its organization. The fire organization that had relied mostly on volunteers has promoted three firefighters to lieutenant positions. ...


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Developer pitches housing, retail for former White Hall, R-5

By Amy Hamilton

A sign above a door to a former classroom reads: “You are in Room 4.” Green chalkboards still line the walls, along with the rainbow-colored handprints of students who studied here not long ago. It’s in the former home of ...


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 ...


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