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Fruita residents voice ideas for lagoons’ future

By Amy Hamilton

Fruita’s former sewer lagoons look like an opportunity waiting to happen. That’s the idea Fruita officials are running with. The 25-acre parcel owned by the city with four decommissioned sewer lagoons is close to Fruita’s ...


Jones trial redux: Murder suspect back in court for re-trial after hung jury

By Gabrielle Porter

The man accused of killing Grand Junction mother and call girl Paige Birgfeld nine years ago will begin his first-degree murder trial starting today — for the second time. Lester Ralph Jones, a married man with a history of domestic ...

Uber driver concerned about fees at airport

By Gary Harmon

A member of the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority board, Troy Ball also is a pilot, he’s run small airports and in retirement these days, he’s an Uber driver who gets the occasional fare at the airport. So it hit home when ...

Gas group sets sights on chunk of VW cash

By Gary Harmon

A chunk of the $61 million that Colorado expects to receive from a $14.7 billion settlement should go to western Colorado and to natural gas-related projects, the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association said. The money is to come from a ...

Traffic alert, Nov. 20, 2016

By Staff

Road closures and maintenance projects: City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions ■ Las Colonias amphitheater project: Eastbound Riverside Parkway will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from South ...


Red Cross goes door-to-door on annual smoke-alarm drive

By Katie Langford

The American Red Cross of Western Colorado will install 500 free smoke detectors in Grand Junction neighborhoods before Thanksgiving, as part of an annual push to increase fire safety and awareness during the winter months. Eric Meyers, ...


Campground name honors Chris Jouflas

By Katie Langford

More than 40 people gathered at Jouflas Campground in Rabbit Valley on Saturday to celebrate the late Chris Jouflas, a longtime sheep rancher and pillar of Western Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management named a Rabbit Valley campground in ...

Modern amenities, traffic trends addressed in longtime driver safety class

By Erin McIntyre

Bob Kline is familiar with the emotional side of driving. He’s been teaching a driver safety class for AARP for almost 20 years, and he knows some people are there for the insurance discount and think they learned all there is to know ...


Suspect in death of boy faces host of felony charges

By Duffy Hayes

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office has filed a complaint containing a slew of charges against the 41-year-old Grand Junction man accused of pointing a gun at and fatally shooting an 11-year-old boy earlier this month. It’s ...

County’s oil and gas lease sale challenged

By Dennis Webb

Conservation groups are challenging the federal government’s offering of more than 16,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Mesa County in a sale next month, citing concerns including potential impacts to imperiled species and the ...

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