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No. 4 Washington beats No. 9 Colorado 41-10 for Pac-12 title

By The AP

SANTA CLARA — Washington’s opportunistic defense and dominant running game most likely ended any debate about whether the Huskies’ weak nonconference schedule would keep them out of the College Football Playoff. Taylor Rapp ...

Judge rejects bid to dismiss charges against former sheriff

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — A state judge has rejected a motion to dismiss charges filed against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa that allege he abused his power and retaliated against employees. The Gazette ( in ...

Jones witness punished for outburst

By Gary Harmon

A witness in the second murder trial of Lester Jones must perform 24 hours of community service after she called Jones a “piece of crap killer” while leaving the courtroom. Carol Linderholm, a friend of Paige Birgfeld, the woman ...

Court filings:
 Drainage fee is actually a tax

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Valley Drainage District, unable to persuade voters to approve a tax, simply began charging customers this year for work it should do with tax money, Mesa County and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce said in court ...

Pending county budget may dip into reserves

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday will consider a 2017 budget that could dig about $2.5 million into cash reserves while boosting spending for law enforcement. The $58 million spending plan will take the county’s fund balance — ...


Armed robber hits Fruita store

By Duffy Hayes

Fruita police don’t know who walked into the Family Dollar store, 1668 U.S. Highway 6&50, after 9 p.m. Thursday, brandished a gun and fled with an unknown amount of cash. “We’re trying to track down any leads we have, ...


Derrieux shreds D

By Matt Meyer

For the entire first half Friday evening, Grand Junction guard Drew Derrieux outscored Gateway High School at the Warrior Challenge basketball tournament. The senior guard matched the tournament’s highest scoring total by netting 20 ...


Fruita’s defense wears down Bulldogs

By Matt Meyer

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the Palisade High School boys basketball team had drained three 3-pointers that were closer to midcourt than the 3-point arc. But after weathering the storm, Fruita Monument spent the next three ...

Football-shaped blob a true wonder

By Erin McIntyre

All summer, it hung precariously in the locust tree. Every time I went out on the patio, I cautiously peered skyward, looking for the football-shaped blob partially hidden by the leaves. About 30 feet up into the tree, they made their ...

Religion briefs, Dec. 3, 2016

By Staff

Celebrate Festival of Lessons and Carols The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway, will host its ninth annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m. Sunday. “This beautiful and free Christmas program follows the ...

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