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Planning panel OKs gravel pit; residents miffed

By Amy Hamilton

Despite the angry outbursts and indignation from several Orchard Mesa residents, members of the Mesa County Planning Commission on Thursday night approved a conditional use permit for a 75-acre gravel pit, asphalt plant and cement plant at 31 ...


Man shot his wife, then killed himself, Glenwood police say

By Dennis Webb

Investigators have concluded that “clear and convincing” evidence shows that a 79-year-old Glenwood Springs man shot his wife before taking his life in a murder-suicide last October. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire and ...


Fire at high school caused by student lighting toilet paper

By Katie Langford

A small fire at Grand Junction High School on Thursday was the result of a student lighting rolls of toilet paper on fire, according to School District 51. The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of heat and smoke in the ...


Forest Service hiring seasonal staff; others wait

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service has resumed work on hiring seasonal workers locally while the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management await final clearance to do the same, including at Colorado National Monument. The Forest Service is ...


‘Sovereign citizen’ convicted on 5 counts

By Gabrielle Porter

A Castle Rock man who was indicted with several Western Slope residents on federal fraud charges last year has been convicted of making false claims, for his part in a scheme that sought to defraud banks and the U.S. government. Gunther ...


Argument: No scheme at GJ airport

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even if the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority had not erred in its initial grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration in 2011 for a $5 million fence around most of its facility, the federal agency would ...


Common ground needed for community to thrive

By Erin McIntyre

Outdoor recreation industry, economic development, marketing and conservation leaders talked with about 100 concerned citizens at a forum on Wednesday night, highlighting interest in developing the Grand Valley’s recreation industry and ...


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Big plans for First Street

By Amy Hamilton

Say “hasta la vista” to the potholes, baby. One of Grand Junction’s most weathered high-use corridors is set to receive some much-needed love, starting Tuesday. Grand Junction City Council unanimously gave the go-ahead ...


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No bond for suspect in slaying

By Gabrielle Porter

A 36-year-old man charged in the October murder of a Palisade man has been brought to Mesa County and ordered held without bond. Matthew James Mitchell, of Denver, was arrested in January in Aurora on a warrant in connection with the Oct. 16 ...


‘Half-Latino’ comment sparks dust-up on floor of House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It shouldn’t matter what Rep. Dave Williams’ ethnic background is, even at a time when the Colorado House is celebrating having its first Latina speaker. And that ancestry shouldn’t be used in an attempt to ...


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