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State Patrol’s pink car raises awareness of breast cancer

By Joe Vaccarelli

It’s been about a year and a half since Melissa Cannell was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that took her grandmother in 1997. Cannell was lucky, though, being diagnosed with no evidence of disease after treatment. But ...


University waives fees for student applications

By Erin McIntyre

Applications are pouring into Colorado Mesa University this week as part of a push to encourage high school seniors in the region to apply for their next opportunity in higher education. The school has waived application fees until midnight ...


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Zip line company wins state award for achievements

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction-based Bonsai Design won a major statewide award, according to the Economic Development Council of Colorado. At the council’s annual gathering in Vail this week, the Grand Junction company was awarded its top honor, the ...


Ethics group passes ‘baton’ to citizens

By Charles Ashby

A Denver-based group that monitors ethical issues among Colorado’s politicos is shutting its doors. Colorado Ethics Watch decided Thursday that after 11 years it was time to call it quits by year’s end. The group that touts ...


Sagebrush won’t stop mineral leases

By Gary Harmon

The Bureau of Land Management canceled plans to withdraw federal minerals from possible leasing because they lay beneath focal areas for sagebrush, which are habitat for greater sage grouse. The BLM announced the change after determining that ...


Insurer: Find new coverage for Part D drug benefit

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County Medicare recipients who have Part D prescription drug benefits through Rocky Mountain Health Plans must seek out new coverage during the open-enrollment period beginning Oct. 15. The Grand Junction-based health insurer notified ...


North Fork drilling plan gets approval

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a 146-well North Fork Valley oil and gas development plan that has been about a decade in the works and has been one of the flashpoints in the controversy over drilling there. The agency approved ...


City to support officer in suit alleging excess force

By Amy Hamilton

A Grand Junction Police Department officer facing a civil rights lawsuit for allegedly using unnecessary force while deploying a Taser on a restrained man will receive legal backing from the city of Grand Junction. The Grand Junction City ...


Western states plan network of car-charging stations

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a memorandum of understanding with the governors of six neighboring states Wednesday to create a regional electric vehicle plan for the intermountain West. To start, the plan calls for installing ...


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Man accused of pellet gun threat

By Gabrielle Porter

A truck driver was heading eastbound on Riverside Parkway Tuesday afternoon when he saw a man on the pedestrian bridge, aiming a black handgun directly at him. The 51-year-old driver told police later that he was sure the gunman — now ...


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