Western Colorado

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Taking the deal: Energy firm trades leases for certainty on Roan Plateau

By Dennis Webb

A landmark deal canceling federal oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau leaves Bill Barrett Corp. with just a sliver of its former holdings there, but it has high hopes about the prospects for the 4,650 acres it still controls. Nearly 500 ...

$2 million bail for Birgfeld suspect Jones

By Mike Wiggins

A Mesa County judge on Monday ordered a Grand Junction man held on a $2 million cash-only bond after prosecutors charged him with kidnapping and killing Paige Birgfeld and setting fire to her vehicle seven years ago. Lester Ralph Jones, 63, ...


Man tells deputies aiming a banana was stunt; he’s jailed, anyway

By Charles Ashby

Two deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fruitvale man Sunday who they initially thought had threatened them with a gun. Call it, instead, a case of drive-by fruiting. The man was pointing a banana at them. The ...


County names manager finalist

By Emily Shockley

Less than eight months after a promotion from Mesa County information technology director to deputy administrator for resource management, Frank Whidden was named Monday the sole finalist for the soon-to-be-open position of Mesa County ...

Inmate loses his 3rd appeal in 1988 sexual assault case

By Charles Ashby

A former Delta County man lost yet another attempt to have his 1988 conviction reversed for sexually assaulting three children. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled last week that Philip Michael Bonan doesn’t deserve a new trial based on ...


Student of the Week, Nov. 24, 2014

By Staff

GPA: 3.87 After-school activities: Tennis, baseball, Running with the Pack, orchestra (cello), work (Texas Roadhouse), International Baccalaureate, and coach volleyball. Favorite book and its author: “The Fighters Mind” by Sam ...


Outlaws host Thanksgiving feast

By Bob Silbernagel

Butch botched the coffee serving. He reached in front of guests and sloshed the liquid into their cups like a campfire cook. He made a hash out of the rules of etiquette for serving at a fancy dinner. The gathering in Brown’s Park in ...

Complainant renews effort against King

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction resident Kevin King hasn’t given up on state Sen. Steve King. The first King, who isn’t related to the Grand Junction Republican, filed a complaint against a Denver deputy district attorney last week for not ...


Fruita Friendly

By Kathleen Goddeyne

Moving from one town to another can be nerve-wracking, but Fruita’s new city manager said his family’s transition to the area has been seamless, thanks to locals. Michael Bennett and his wife, Tara, had dreamt about moving west ...


CMU students take on investigations in simulated crime house

By Emily Shockley

Drops of blood dot the concrete steps leading to the front door. Inside, a bigger mess: empty bottles of alcohol knocked onto the living room floor, where more blood and bloody shoe prints stain the hardwood in front of a fireplace. A folding ...

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