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GJ attorney Grattan to become county judge

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction attorney who has specialized in business law will be sworn in this month as a Mesa County judge. Michael Grattan III, a finalist for two other places on the bench, was selected by Gov. John Hickenlooper to replace Gretchen ...

Deadline nears for council contenders

By Staff

Thinking about running for Grand Junction City Council? The clock is ticking for candidates to submit the necessary paperwork. Four city council seats are up for grabs in the April municipal election. Candidates have a 5 p.m. Jan. 23 ...

State asks for info on illegally killed deer

By Amy Hamilton

Authorities with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife are seeking information on a person who illegally killed a mule deer buck in a field near the intersection of 24 Road and K Road on Tuesday night. The poacher did not attempt to salvage the ...

Interior: BLM will mull reform to coal royalties

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration said Wednesday that the Bureau of Land Management will study federal coal program reforms that could include anything from raising royalty rates to ending new leasing due to climate-change concerns. The prospects for ...


Teen gets 8 years for cocaine distribution

By Gabrielle Porter

A California teen was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to drug-related counts stemming from his June arrest, when members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force found more than 15 pounds of cocaine in a car ...

Blotter: Jan. 12, 2017

By Staff

Hash extraction suspected Police believe a hash oil extraction operation was to blame in a Jan. 4 house fire at 2953 North Ave. that left a resident injured, according to a report. The Grand Junction Police report — which ...

Crisanta Duran

2017 Legislature opens

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s first Latina speaker of the Colorado House said during Wednesday’s opening day of the Legislature that she’s not going to put up with any kind of hate or fear-mongering. Denver Democrat Crisanta ...


DA: Officer justified in using deadly force

By Gabrielle Porter

The Grand Junction police officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old parole absconder during a November traffic stop gone wrong won’t face criminal charges, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein announced Tuesday. Officer Jacob ...

Palisade grapples with pot questions

By Amy Hamilton

Now that Palisade residents have approved recreational marijuana, the hard part begins. How many licenses will the town extend to business owners, and, if there’s a limit, who will get them? Where should shops and grow operations be ...

BLM revises oil shale royalty rates

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday released new oil shale regulations establishing that royalty rates set in 2008 are now a minimum rate, with the discretion of the Interior secretary to set higher rates on a lease-by-lease basis. The ...

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