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20 immigrants become US citizens

By Katie Langford

Riina Krauss fell in love with Colorado more than 20 years ago as a high school foreign exchange student from Finland. On Wednesday, Krauss was among 20 people to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at the U.S. District Court in ...


Harvey Gap fishing limits lifted due to maintenance

By Dennis Webb

A popular reservoir north of Silt is being drained to allow inspection of the dam outlet structure, prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife to lift normal fishing restrictions there. The Silt Water Conservancy District is having to drain Harvey ...

Mental health forum here draws a crowd

By Amy Hamilton

The Grand Valley needs more licensed providers to help patients seeking mental health treatment. There’s also a need for more providers who accept Medicaid and Medicare and a need for reduced wait times before patients are able to meet ...

Authorities brace for Rainbow Gathering

By Dennis Webb

Authorities are hoping that impacts will be minimal as a regional Rainbow Gathering takes place on national forest lands outside Norwood during the coming week. The U.S. Forest Service is working with the group on an operations plan. ...

Sheriff’s office issues warning about phone scam

By Staff

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam in which a caller impersonates a deputy and asks people for money and says they will be arrested if they don’t pay, according to a release from the ...

Spring Creek 2 fire almost contained

By Staff

Spring Creek 2 fire almost contained Law enforcement officials expected that the Spring Creek 2 wildfire, which has burned more than 600 acres near the border of Mesa and Garfield counties since Friday, will be completely contained by 8 ...

Slump forces county into hiring freeze

By Gary Harmon

With the oil and gas sector in a tailspin, Mesa County is instituting a hiring freeze in hopes of gaining control of its finances. The hiring freeze is the county’s first step toward resolving its financial issues, officials ...


Woman gets prison for child exploitation

By Charles Ashby

A Fruita woman convicted of two felony counts of sexual servitude and sexual exploitation of a minor was sentenced to 16 years in prison Wednesday. Rebecca Franklin was given a 16-year prison term on a charge of trafficking and sexual ...

Visitors’ Bureau gives $40K to keep GJ bike race rolling

By Amy Hamilton

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau has signaled its support for an annual Grand Junction-based mountain bike race by offering it $40,000 for next year’s multi-day event. Next year will be the fifth year for Epic ...


Live until 105 and you may get your own day

By Amy Hamilton

Aug. 25 will be a special day in Fruita, to be known as Helen R. Lamm Day. If you’re lucky enough to turn 105, you might just get your day, too. Lamm, looking splendid in a pink hat, matching sweatpants and a pearl necklace around the ...

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