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Feds: Energy
 biggest player,
 rec growing


By Dennis Webb

Recreation is a growing contributor to the economic benefit created by activities managed by the Interior Department, but extraction of oil, gas and coal continues to be the big player in that regard, even with falling commodity ...


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Legend: Rex Howell

By Amy Hamilton

The radio will always be tuned to KFXJ and the television will air KREX. Thanks to pioneer broadcaster Rex Howell and his passion for bringing the new mediums to the Grand Valley decades ago, his story lives on in the latest and last Legends ...


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Man allegedly beats woman, threatens her parents with gun

By Gabrielle Porter

A 31-year-old Grand Junction man accused of beating a woman before leveling a handgun at her parents in full view of sheriff’s deputies is facing criminal charges. Brian Calkins was arrested Thursday in the 400 block of Chiswick Way ...


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GOP commissioner candidates debate jobs, economy

By Charles Ashby

It’s about jobs. But what kind of jobs, and how to get them here, well, neither candidate in the Republican primary race for District 1 on the Mesa County Board of Commissioners could quite say Friday. While challenger John Davis said ...


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Marketing to the masses

By Katie Langford

Theresa High has spent decades talking about her orchards and vineyards in Palisade, but on Thursday she was doing so for millions of people around the world who want to visit the United States. High, co-owner and manager at High Country ...


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Brandon Lovett, 19, dies after car-surfing

By Erin McIntyre

Brandon Lovett was the kind of guy who lived life to the fullest and was known for doing some pretty crazy stunts. The 19-year-old man was a risk-taker who always bounced back, even after trips to the emergency room for injuries from jumping ...


Careless driver 
in fatal incident 
gets ‘diversion’

By Dennis Webb

A teenager who was driving when his friend fell off the hood of a car in Rifle and suffered fatal injuries will participate in a diversion program that will allow the charge against him to be dropped, despite a judge’s reservations about ...


‘Sovereign citizen’ links being explored in fraud indictment

By Gabrielle Porter

One of four men indicted by a Grand Junction grand jury earlier this month has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of filing false claims, bank fraud and writing false checks, and is scheduled to be tried by a federal jury in November. Peter ...


Health costs are cause for dismay

By Amy Hamilton

Runaway health care costs are crippling consumers and may make the cost of providing care even higher in the future if patients choose not to carry coverage at all. That theory from Rachel Richards, a Pitkin County commissioner, was one of ...


Lottery shares record amount 
with counties, towns and cities

By Charles Ashby

Remember buying that Powerball ticket a few months back? Remember how disappointed you were after checking the numbers and realizing it wasn’t a winning ticket? Well, guess what? It actually was, in a way. Because of the unusually ...


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