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County to sue over drainage fees

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, joined by Mesa County, is to seek an injunction halting the Grand Valley Drainage District from collecting stormwater fees. The suit is to be filed as soon as possible, Diane Schwenke, president ...


Fruita man faces nearly $15,000 fine in big game hunting violations

By Gabrielle Porter

A Fruita man was fined nearly $15,000 after pleading guilty to five counts related to illegal big game hunting on the Uncompahgre Plateau, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife release. Melvin Weaver, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of ...


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Accident victim’s friends plant tree in remembrance of fellow Bulldog

By Katie Langford

Seven months after Palisade High School freshman Justin Burns died in a hunting accident, Palisade students are slowly healing and growing together in the process — symbolized by a cherry tree and stone plaque dedicated on Tuesday to all ...


Panel kills Scott’s groundwater appeals bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to prevent new evidence from being presented in groundwater rights appeals got caught in a legislative maelstrom Tuesday from which it can’t return. After more than two hours of public testimony, most of which was ...


GJ woman accused of stealing 14 identities

By Gabrielle Porter

The Mesa County district attorney has charged a Grand Junction woman in two cases with a total of 14 felony counts of identity theft, among other charges, after law enforcement claimed they linked her to an extensive phony check-writing scheme ...


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Defense: Cops fouled evidence in Birgfeld case

By Gabrielle Porter

Attorneys for Lester Jones have taken aim at key evidence in his upcoming trial for the 2007 murder of Paige Birgfeld by claiming that law enforcement tampered with Birgfeld’s bones and lost recorded interviews with other suspects, and ...


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Drug expulsions plunge in District 51

By Katie Langford

Student expulsions in School District 51 have plummeted by more than 50 percent since 2014, and a 22-year-old high school football coach is a large part of the reason why. While Cody Roark loves his job as running-backs coach at Grand ...


Monument pumps $45M into economy

By Dennis Webb

Last year’s big jump in visitors to Colorado National Monument is translating into a significant economic boost for the local economy, according to a new report. The 588,006 visits to the monument in 2015 translates to a cumulative ...


Mesa County commissioners nix bike-race funding request

By Greg Ruland

Mesa County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to lend the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike and music festival six variable message boards and staff to maintain them during the three-day event that starts May 20, but not $10,000 in ...


Man accused of firing gun in neighborhood

By Gabrielle Porter

A Grand Junction man could face a slew of charges including felony counts of menacing with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a previous offender after being accused of firing a shotgun in a residential neighborhood. Jeston Ernest ...


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