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Man accused of sex assault on child shoots self

By Greg Ruland

A traffic stop in a Montrose strip mall ended in death Monday when a man suspected of felony sex assault on a child shot himself in front of officers after refusing to leave his car, said Gene Lillard, Montrose Police Department police ...


Struggling Bowie buys 
three mines 
in 2 states

By Dennis Webb

At a time of big challenges for the coal industry, the owner of a mine near Paonia is showing it’s bullish about the future with announced plans to buy a mine in Routt County and two in New Mexico. Bowie Resource Partners, LLC, has ...

Police: Handcuffed suspect escapes through car window

By Charles Ashby

A 21-year-old faced a Mesa County judge Monday morning, accused of escaping custody while handcuffed in the back of a police car in October. Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department first detained Joshua Miera, according to his ...


District 51: Pitton can take oath of office

By Charles Ashby

Paul Pitton can take the oath of office to serve on the District 51 Board of Education, but he must show that he actually lives in District B and he must take that oath by Dec. 1, school officials announced Monday. Pitton said he intends to ...

Lottery sting nets 4 suspects in local cases

By Amy Hamilton

Employees at three Mesa County stores that sell and redeem lottery tickets are facing charges for allegedly taking customers’ winning Colorado scratch lottery tickets, telling customers they had not won, and attempting to cash in the ...

Budget gap 
pared $1M,
but still in red

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County is looking at a $1.9 million 2016 budget deficit, down from the $2.9 million that was previously estimated, officials told the County Commission on Monday. County finances, however, remain on a knife’s edge, and Commission ...


Storm abrewing may be fickle

By Charles Ashby

Colorado could have a white Thanksgiving if weather predictions hold, but forecasters can’t say for sure exactly where and just how much snow will fall. What they do know this many days out from the holiday weekend is that travel ...

TABOR glitch plays havoc with county accounting

By Gary Harmon

A glitch that involves the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and a late property tax filing played itself out Monday in the form of eliminating one headache for the Mesa County Commission, a refund to taxpayers. Commissioners ...

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Man faces sex assault charges 
in case involving 12-year-old

By Duffy Hayes

A 39-year-old man is facing felony sex assault on a child charges, among others, in connection with allegations stemming from contact with a juvenile girl sometime in 2012 or 2013. Shane Wade Hill — who as recently as August of this ...


An over-the-top idea

By Amy Hamilton

Orchard Mesa’s main route, U.S. Highway 50, is great for getting somewhere quickly. It’s not so wonderful if you want to walk or bicycle across the roadway, a daunting prospect considering its few stoplight crossings. An idea ...

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