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Area stone fruit harvest thriving

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Valley’s peach harvest is doing, well, just peachy, area farmers and agricultural experts say. Despite a bit of hail in some areas, the harvest has been coming out as well as last year, and about as good as it gets, said Bruce ...


County commission hopefuls address hiring freeze

By Gary Harmon

None of the candidates for the Mesa County Commission is second-guessing the recent decision by the county to enact a hiring freeze, but two challengers are saying that commissioners have been too slow to deal with the economic slowdown. The ...

Single-payer health care measure has Democrats battling Democrats

By Charles Ashby

The people supporting the fall ballot measure to create a statewide universal health care system are beside themselves. This past week, that group, ColoradoCare Yes, saw Democrat after Democrat come out against their proposal, known as ...

Traffic Alert, Aug. 21, 2016

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ North Avenue Complete Streets Project — 12th to 23rd streets: Project requires westbound lane ...

Gunnison Sage Grouse Fighting

Gunnison grouse plan comes up short, groups say

By Dennis Webb

Conservation groups are contending a draft federal plan would do too little to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse, while others including the oil and gas industry and Mesa County are continuing to analyze the proposal. The Bureau of Land ...


Yearlong probe points to couple as career dealers

By Gabrielle Porter

Recently unsealed court documents detail law enforcement’s surveillance of several interconnected groups of suspected drug dealers buying and selling methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana concentrate and other drugs throughout Mesa County ...


Flood of issues

By Gary Harmon

The sound of rushing water can be heard through the steel manhole cover on Walnut Court, just below St. Mary’s Hill. “Hear that?” said Tim Ryan, general manager of the Grand Valley Drainage District, which manages the ...

Deister latest judge to retire from county

By Amy Hamilton

Longtime Mesa County District Court Judge Thomas M. Deister is retiring at the end of the year, and officials with the 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will be seeking a replacement. Deister has served as a Mesa County district ...


Kidnapping suspect took child to Mexico before his capture

By Duffy Hayes

Mesa County prosecutors said Friday there’s evidence the Tennessee man arrested along Interstate 70 Thursday night for allegedly kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter brought the girl to Mexico at some point before being captured in ...

Presidential camps prepare ground games

By Charles Ashby

The state campaign staffs of the two main presidential candidates are starting to gear up their get-out-the-vote ground games. After a rocky start for the Colorado staff for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this year — ...

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