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DNA seals arrest in sex assault

By Paul Shockley

Authorities pursued sexual assault charges against a former Grand Junction resident largely on the strength of a DNA test, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Robert Ortego, 50, who is currently serving a five-year term in the Colorado ...


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Vigil honors victims of child abuse

By Mike Wiggins

Sitting on a planter outside the Mesa County Courthouse and occasionally dabbing her eyes, Pam Acord clutched a single pink balloon. “Logan — take care of Lyla. God bless all the children. Mema,” a message on the balloon ...


Jobless rate drops in county

By Greg Ruland

The Mesa County unemployment rate dropped seven-tenths of a point — from a 12-month high of 6.6 percent in June down to 5.9 percent in July, signaling a return to the more consistent jobless rate of roughly 6 percent that has gripped the ...


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As in life, together in death

By Amy Hamilton

There they are sometime in the 1950s, newlyweds clutching each other tightly and posing for the camera with the San Juan Mountains as a backdrop. Fifty years later, they are grinning again for the camera, standing with arms wrapped around ...


2nd dispatch center a go in Montrose

By Gary Harmon

A new city-owned police dispatch center in Montrose County is to be on line by January while the county-operated center continues to be operated out of the Sheriff’s Office. Police Chief Tom Chinn said he was also drawing up a 2016 ...


BLM plan now final; 7,500 jobs possible

By Gary Harmon

A document that will guide the management of more than 1 million acres in western Colorado for 20-plus years is now complete, setting the stage for a possible new round of battles. The Bureau of Land Management issued its record of decision ...


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Services today for longtime GJ physician

By Gary Harmon

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for Dr. Patrick G. Moran, a polio survivor, longtime Grand Junction internist and oncologist and medical educator with national influence. Moran died Aug. 15. He ...


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Fissures appear in asphalt on freshly overhauled 38 Road

By Mike Wiggins

When government officials and farmers gathered last week to celebrate the reconstruction of the 38 Road hill connecting Palisade and East Orchard Mesa, they hailed the $2.1 million project as a significant improvement in safety for motorists ...


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Affidavit: Man pimped underage girl for sex

By Paul Shockley

Over the course of an alleged 10-year sexual relationship with an underage girl, authorities believe a local man used Craigslist to advertise the same girl for sex with other men, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Colin Michael ...


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Horizon fixes begin next month

By Greg Ruland

The Grand Junction City Council unanimously approved a deal Wednesday with the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District and Colorado Department of Transportation that awards the contract for construction of a series of Horizon Drive road ...


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