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Mesa Valley graduates come from small school but have big dreams

By Katie Langford

For the 17 students who received their diplomas from Mesa Valley Community School on Wednesday, the path to graduation was unique and filled with lessons far beyond the classroom. The small K-12 charter school allows students and families to ...


State may fix bends on I-70 near De Beque, if funds found

By Charles Ashby

It may take five years to get done, and that’s only if the state can find the money, but the Colorado Department of Transportation is eyeing doing something with the dangerous curves on Interstate 70 in De Beque Canyon. They are known ...

Airport ‘eyesore’ might have global future

By Gary Harmon

Once it was to be the centerpiece of a new terminal, then it was supposed to be leveled and forgotten. Now the unfinished administration building at Grand Junction Regional Airport could be completed as part of an effort to establish a customs ...


Ticket-writing staffer lovingly sends Fruita’s 362 grads out the door

By Amy Hamilton

Fruita Monument High School Principal Todd McClaskey wanted graduating seniors to remember a simple equation. The advice from the book, “Above the Line,” by college football coach Urban Meyer is simple: E + R = O. In other words, ...


349 Tiger grads weather storm, start next phase

By Gary Harmon

Grand Junction High School seniors embarked Tuesday on the next phase of their lives with a dose of optimism and a nod to the sadness they encountered in their final year. “Sometimes the most difficult paths lead to the most beautiful ...


Police: Man admitted having sex with girl, 15

By Duffy Hayes

A 31-year-old man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl allegedly admitted as much to police, according to an arrest record in the case. Justin Harris, who appeared Monday in Mesa County Court and was advised on a ...


Man accused of firing multiple shots into home

By Duffy Hayes

A 64-year-old man faces possible charges of aggravated intimidation of a witness and illegal discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting multiple times into a home with people inside, including a woman from whom he is restrained. Charles ...

Governor faces heat 
to respect 
drill ruling

By Dennis Webb

A fatal home explosion linked to a natural gas well is prompting heavy pressure for Gov. John Hickenlooper not to appeal a recent ruling holding that the state must protect public health and safety as a condition of allowing oil and gas ...


Cat shelter needs some scratch

By Erin McIntyre

A local nonprofit cat shelter is scrambling to fundraise and keep operations going after it lost a recurring grant it depended on for one-third of its budget. Concerns over how long the cats stay at the shelter and the shelter’s death ...

Mesa County board, senator at odds over asset-forfeiture bill

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County wants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill the commissioners said would hamstring law enforcement in rural areas by limiting civil forfeiture actions. The bill, HB 1313, prohibits seizing agencies from receiving ...

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