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Unsealing of airport documents is to begin

By Staff

By MARIANNE GOODLAND DENVER — A federal magistrate in Denver ordered the U.S. Attorney on Thursday to begin the process of unsealing documents related to the investigation of the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Magistrate Boyd Boland ...

County board to vote soon on new auditor

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County commissioners are expected to vote next week whether to continue having a Grand Junction accounting firm accused of overlooking tax law issues audit the county. For years, the county has flipped between using Grand Junction firms ...

Energy panel member: New rules not the goal

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — While a lot of media attention is being given to what new oil and gas regulations a state task force might recommend to address conflicts over drilling in Colorado, “that’s just not the discussion we’ve been ...

Take state land away from feds, advocate urges

By Gary Harmon

States should be given control of many of the federal lands within their borders, a Utah legislator told more than 150 people in Grand Junction on Thursday, prompting critics to observe that supporters ought to be careful what they wish ...


Man guilty of assault, robbery

By Duffy Hayes

A parolee accused of murder, assault, robbery and escape in connection with the death of man earlier this year dodged the most serious charge Thursday, when a jury returned a mixed verdict in the case. Christopher Jompp, 35, was visibly ...


Fighter pilot returns a hero

By Amy Hamilton

Strangers, neighbors and co-workers stood shoulder to shoulder, most clutching American flags. Others were veterans of military service themselves, recognizable by insignias on their caps or jackets. In all, several hundred folks crammed the ...


Junction High principal says he is retiring at year’s end

By Emily Shockley

After more than seven years at the school’s helm, Grand Junction High School Principal Jon Bilbo is retiring from public education. Bilbo, 67, sent a resignation letter Monday to District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz and announced ...

Death Notices: Dec. 12, 2014

By Staff

■ George Henry Hemberger, 96, Palisade, died Dec. 7, 2014, at Palisade Living Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Parkview Cemetery of Hastings, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one son, Bob of Grand Junction; ...


Lions’ random act of kindness helps offset grief of family’s loss

By Duffy Hayes

Two men lost their lives last month, offering help to a stranded motorist along the interstate. On Wednesday, a few members of the local Lions Club hoped to pay back that service to others through their own random act of kindness. Nichole ...


Activists in Rifle make feelings known on energy’s ‘West Slope Way’

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — A state task force is being asked to consider the “West Slope Way” for managing oil and gas development and its impacts, while some local residents argue that more still needs to be done to protect their health and ...

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