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Panel kills Scott’s groundwater appeals bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to prevent new evidence from being presented in groundwater rights appeals got caught in a legislative maelstrom Tuesday from which it can’t return. After more than two hours of public testimony, most of which was ...


GJ woman accused of stealing 14 identities

By Gabrielle Porter

The Mesa County district attorney has charged a Grand Junction woman in two cases with a total of 14 felony counts of identity theft, among other charges, after law enforcement claimed they linked her to an extensive phony check-writing scheme ...


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Defense: Cops fouled evidence in Birgfeld case

By Gabrielle Porter

Attorneys for Lester Jones have taken aim at key evidence in his upcoming trial for the 2007 murder of Paige Birgfeld by claiming that law enforcement tampered with Birgfeld’s bones and lost recorded interviews with other suspects, and ...


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Drug expulsions plunge in District 51

By Katie Langford

Student expulsions in School District 51 have plummeted by more than 50 percent since 2014, and a 22-year-old high school football coach is a large part of the reason why. While Cody Roark loves his job as running-backs coach at Grand ...


Monument pumps $45M into economy

By Dennis Webb

Last year’s big jump in visitors to Colorado National Monument is translating into a significant economic boost for the local economy, according to a new report. The 588,006 visits to the monument in 2015 translates to a cumulative ...


Mesa County commissioners nix bike-race funding request

By Greg Ruland

Mesa County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to lend the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike and music festival six variable message boards and staff to maintain them during the three-day event that starts May 20, but not $10,000 in ...


Man accused of firing gun in neighborhood

By Gabrielle Porter

A Grand Junction man could face a slew of charges including felony counts of menacing with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a previous offender after being accused of firing a shotgun in a residential neighborhood. Jeston Ernest ...


Tips given for advanced industries grants

By Greg Ruland

Several people from advanced manufacturing businesses, together with leaders of all three of Grand Junction’s economic development partners, tried to get a leg up on the competition Monday by learning the best strategies to secure ...


Street repairs of $18 million top city priority

By Amy Hamilton

Replenishing nearly $18 million that has been taken from street maintenance budgets over the years is the top priority for the Grand Junction City Council. Putting the dollars back into repairing the local street network would bring those ...


Keyser 86 signatures shy of qualifying for GOP primary ballot

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Jon Keyser, a Republican candidate hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his re-election bid, failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the June primary. Keyser, who was once seen as the Republican ...


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