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Fruita man critical after oil well fire

By Amy Hamilton

Two Grand Valley men were injured in a fiery accident at a North Dakota oil well on Saturday. The incident claimed the life of a Rock Springs, Wyoming,  man who was working with them, according to news reports from the area. Daniel ...


Cause accidental in wildfire that burned Garfield home

By Dennis Webb

A wildfire that burned an unoccupied mobile home and ultimately spread to about 77 acres in the Rulison area Sunday was accidental in nature, Colorado River Valley Fire Rescue says. Fire department spokeswoman Maria Piña said the fire ...


Economists see ‘weakness’ in state economy

By Charles Ashby

State economists are concerned that a recession might be hitting Colorado and the nation soon, but they’re not quite ready to say that. Instead, economists for the Colorado Legislature and the governor’s office said Monday there ...


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Sanctuary and assent

By Amy Hamilton

One by one on Sunday night, several dozen people who attended a service for the victims of last week’s Orlando shootings lit a candle. Soon, the heat from the candles glowed with warmth at the altar draped in a rainbow-colored tapestry ...


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Schwartz outpaces Tipton in latest funds

By Charles Ashby

Though she’s only been in the race for about three months, Democrat Gail Schwartz outraised the Republican she hopes to replace in Washington, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton. Schwartz, a two-term member of the Colorado Senate whose district ...


Students who speak 2 languages might receive certification

By Katie Langford

Students who spend years memorizing vocabulary words, verb tenses and gendered nouns will soon be able to earn a tangible sign of accomplishment through School District 51’s proposed certificate of biliteracy. The certification, which ...


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102 degrees forecast for Junction

By Amy Hamilton

Just when it seems it can’t get any warmer, high temperatures today are expected to be the toastiest so far this year. The mercury is expected to rise to a whopping 102 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service in Grand ...


Coal advocates look to unite at meeting

By Dennis Webb

Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program. The meeting is one of six being held around the ...


Caton’s extended list of accomplishments mark a trend

By Amy Hamilton

Greg Caton’s eye for opportunity in Oro Valley resulted in some major project developments. But Dave Perry, the head of Oro Valley Chamber Commerce, also credits Caton with brokering water deals and connecting the town with water at key ...


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Opportunities knocking

By Amy Hamilton

If history can be trusted, the city of Grand Junction may have hit a home run with its latest hire, new City Manager Greg Caton. Caton, who has lived in Colorado for all but about five years, has led the city for less than two weeks. But the ...


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