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Radio show promises news with no ‘agenda’

By Katie Langford

Fledgling news radio station KNOZ-97.7 FM recently started broadcasting its first local news show, Grand Valley Live, to listeners in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose. The show, which runs from 9 to 10 a.m. daily, is a break from the station’s usual broadcast of national and world news via America’s Radio News Network in Washington, D.C. Grand Valley Live will focus on community affairs, and with the upcoming election, airtime will be primarily devoted to current issues and ...

New KNOZ radio show promises news with no ‘agenda’

By Katie Langford

Fledgling news radio station KNOZ-97.7 FM recently started broadcasting its first local news show, Grand Valley Live, to listeners in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose. The show, which runs from 9 to 10 a.m. daily, is a break from the station’s usual broadcast of national and world news via America’s Radio News Network in Washington, D.C. Grand Valley Live will focus on community affairs, and with the upcoming election, airtime will be primarily devoted to current issues and ...

Area beekeepers hope to educate, entertain with observation hives

By Katie Langford

Tarrin George and Levi Miller have created a home for 12,000 Italian honeybees to live inside their Palisade fruit and vegetable stand, and they’re hoping folks from around the Grand Valley will take an interest in these small but vital agricultural linchpins. The bees live in an observation hive made of acrylic glass and wood, using clear tubes to transport them from the hive to the outside world, closer to farm crops and far away from customers. Chad Ragland, owner of Grand ...

Valley haze from Idaho wildfires

By Katie Langford

A persistent haze over the Grand Valley this week might be caused by wildfires near the northern Rocky Mountains in Idaho, according to Joe Ramey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Without any kind of hard evidence, we suspect that smoke from those fires have worked their way down,” Ramey said. The smoke is not caused by any fires nearby, and according to Ramey, hazy skies should clear up in the next few days as winds coming into the valley ...

President’s airport arrival is kept low-key

By Katie Langford

President Barack Obama and Air Force One received a low-key welcome at Grand Junction Regional Airport during his campaign stop Wednesday, compared to the red-carpet greeting during his visit three years ago. Shortly after landing at 3:30 p.m., Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were greeted by a group of seven people: State Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction City Councilor Bennett Boeschenstein, School District 51 School Board President Greg Mikolai, Ouray County ...

Letters offering copies of deeds for $89 confuse property owners

By Katie Langford

Letters sent by a Denver company asking Grand Junction homeowners to pay a fee to obtain their property deed and other records are leaving residents confused by the high price for what is usually a free service. Residents are receiving letters from a company called “Local Records Office” that ask homeowners to pay $89 if they want a copy of their property deed. The letter states that the company “provides a copy of the only document that identifies (the resident) as the ...

Papa Kelsey’s to remain open, new owners says

By Katie Langford

Papa Kelsey’s customers no longer need to stockpile orders of the Executioner sandwich, because owners Pat and Marilyn Olsen have found new owners to take over the long-established, well-loved sandwich shop. The Olsens announced their retirement in July, and after a boom in business, tearful customers and a few interested inquiries, they are now in the process of selling the business at 1141 North 25th St. to Heather and Duane Good. “I don’t think if we searched for a ...

BLM outlines $1.9M Pine Ridge Fire rehab plan

By Katie Langford

The Bureau of Land Management has submitted a $1.9 million plan to rehabilitate the nearly 14,000 acres burned in the Pine Ridge Fire southwest of De Beque, focusing on soil stabilization and erosion prevention on the scorched land. Sparky Taber, a BLM natural resource specialist, said the 20-person Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation committee outlined goals based on what they saw as immediate concerns for people and property. One of the short-term goals of the plan is to install flow ...

The prize is right

By Katie Langford

The Price Is Right winner Terry Riddell arrived in the Grand Valley this week to enjoy her winnings of a six-night stay at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn and visit many of western Colorado’s sights and attractions. “I’ve never really won anything in my life, and it was just crazy, it’s been like a dream to win this stuff and get to do these things,” Riddell said. Riddell, a Virginia schoolteacher, was visiting Los Angeles in June 2011 to celebrate her ...

Leane says slush money will fund his proposal

By Katie Langford

When Mesa County Commissioner candidate John Leane released his economic proposal on June 28, he made no mention of how he planned to fund the project, which would cost more than $300,000. Leane recently released a second proposal to cut $4.4 million from what he described as Mesa County’s “slush fund,” or the balance that is kept in the general fund budget at all times. Leane, an independent, is running for the District 1 seat being vacated by Craig Meis, who is ...

Cancer patient paying it forward

By Katie Langford

The Delaney Donates Foundation, started in 2010 to raise money for 9-year-old cancer survivor Delaney Clements, is paying it forward Saturday with a fundraiser for drunken-driving victim and cancer patient Ellie Phipps Oliver. The fundraiser is at Weavers Red Room, 103 North First St, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature a champagne brunch at 11 a.m., eight local bands, food throughout the day from Dolce Vita, Rib City Grill and Suehiro’s and a silent auction. Oliver, a ...

Papa Kelsey’s owners closing doors as retirement beckons

By Katie Langford

Papa Kelsey’s Pizza and Subs will close its doors July 31, and no matter how much customers beg owners Pat and Marilyn Olson to keep it open, they have their hearts set on retirement and a break from the restaurant business.  “One person threatened to come in and tear down my sign,” Marilyn Olson said. “They don’t want us to go at all.” Papa Kelsey’s has been a Grand Junction establishment for 23 years, with the Olsons owning and operating ...

Vegas-bound kitty lost, found again

By Katie Langford

For Chandra Bray, Grand Junction was just one stop of many on her cross-country move from Kearney, Neb., to Las Vegas. For her cat, Lilly, it became a temporary home after Lilly disappeared June 30 from Bray’s room at Motel 6, forcing Bray and her family to continue on without Lilly after hours of fruitless searching. They did, however, leave contact information with motel staff in case Lilly was found. “I figured that was the last of her,” Bray said. “I was so ...

Air show to return in September

By Katie Langford

The West Star Aviation Air Show will return to Grand Junction in September after a four-year absence, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration team and 13 other performers during the three-day event. The air show, slated for Sept. 21-23, features several new performers this year, including the Indy Boys Extreme Jet Vehicles, as well as a new VIP ticket option offering premium seating, a catered meal and access to the performers. General admission attendees need to provide ...

No tickets issued for 4th fireworks violations

By Katie Langford

Grand Valley law enforcement agencies didn’t write a single ticket for fireworks use this week as Colorado’s statewide fire ban stamped out personal fireworks shows, with the majority of residents keeping their celebrations fire-free. “There was a significant decrease in fireworks activity compared to previous years,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ben Carnes said. The Grand Junction Police Department received 117 fireworks-related calls this Fourth of July, ...

Fireworks fix can still be found, with drive

By Katie Langford

Wildfires and severe drought conditions have led officials across nearly every Western Slope community to cancel their annual fireworks shows. Although skies above Mesa County will be quiet tonight, residents willing to drive can still satisfy their need for patriotic pyrotechnics. Here are the places we could find in the region: Gunnison The 61st annual Rotary Club fireworks event is at Jorgensen Park on East Tomichi Avenue off U.S. Highway 50. Festivities start at 7 a.m. with a hot ...

Visitors bureau recognized for global tourism

By Katie Langford

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau will be recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for its efforts in international tourism in an award ceremony at 9:45 this morning at the Visitor Center, 740 Horizon Drive. The award, presented by Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and Colorado Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center Paul Bergman, recognizes trade associations and government agencies that support export development and U.S. businesses through trade. “We’re ...

15 Grand Valley agencies plan for wildfire-related emergencies

By Katie Langford

Fifteen agencies from around the Grand Valley met Thursday night to begin support and coordination efforts with firefighters and each other in response to the growing Pine Ridge Fire. Shortly after an evacuation was ordered for a portion of De Beque, officials stood up an emergency operations center at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to coordinate infrastructure protection, emergency shelters and health advisories, as well as to offer whatever support is needed to the incident ...

Heirlooms for Hospice to remodel, expand

By Katie Langford

After 12 years of selling high-quality, gently used wares to the Grand Valley, Heirlooms for Hospice will get an updated look starting this weekend as it closes its doors for three weeks of remodeling and reorganizing. Heirlooms, located at 635 Main St., will expand next door into the space formerly occupied by Talley’s restaurant and receive new carpeting, new lighting fixtures, new paint and an overhauled layout of the store. Kathy Martin, Heirlooms regional manager, said she ...

County candidate focuses on economy

By Katie Langford

Mesa County commissioner candidate John Leane announced Thursday his three-point plan for improving the county’s economy to a gathering of family, friends and supporters in front of the county courthouse. The unaffiliated Leane, a former Democrat and commissioner from 1989 to 1993, told supporters he was running a “different kind” of campaign because of his unaffiliated status, and that his campaign will focus on economic improvement as a top priority. “In my ...

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