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Old Spanish Trail conference planned July 29-30

By Rachel Sauer

A trail that runs seven miles from Orchard Mesa to Whitewater overlooks the Gunnison River bluffs, and its origin is historic. About 240 years ago, Catholic priests Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante traversed ...


Livestock auction bittersweet for kids

By Gabrielle Porter

The Mesa County Fair’s livestock auction can sneak up on kids. Participants — 4-H kids who spend months raising, walking, feeding and training their steers, hogs, lambs, goats, rabbits and turkeys — know their animals are ...

Meeker fire grows to 1,074 acres

By Staff

Firefighters attacked the southeast and eastern sides of the Blair Fire near Meeker, which by Saturday morning had grown to 1,074 acres, according to a release from the Bureau of Land Management. Hand crews, hotshot crews, a wild land fuels ...

New Fruita trail connects north, south parts of city

By Gabrielle Porter

Five years, $1.2 million, and eight-tenths of a mile later, Fruita is ready to call the Little Salt Wash Trail good. The city is preparing for a celebratory dedication for the trail that now provides Fruita’s first walkable and ...

Western issues part of GOP platform

By Charles Ashby

Reversing court rulings allowing for same-sex marriage, passing laws controlling what bathrooms transgenders can use, requiring the Bible to be read as part of American history courses. While those controversial items in the proposed ...

Traffic Alert, July 17, 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 Street to 23rd Street: Project requires ...


An insecure feeling

By Katie Langford

Every weekday morning, Tim Leon gets dressed, eats breakfast and catches up on the news to learn of anything that could impact the more than 21,000 students for whom he’s responsible. Every morning, the security director for School ...

Start-from-scratch R5 High School prioritizes safety

By Katie Langford

With many District 51 schools at varying levels of safety and security, the new R5 High School leads the pack as a model of a secure facility, according to Tim Leon, security director for the district. The $9 million, 29,142-square-foot ...

Bustang bolts from the gate,
 raises GJ hope

By Dennis Webb

The first-year success of the new state transit service called Bustang is spurring increased hopes of it one day galloping past Glenwood Springs to serve Grand Junction as well. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s express bus ...


Another brush with danger

By Gary Harmon

A Glenwood Springs man visiting Nice, France, decided Thursday night after a long day to get some sleep rather than go to the Bastille Day fireworks show. Steve Reynolds’ daughter, Monica, awakened her family late evening after learning ...

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