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Taking the long view on an 
important cabinet choice

By Jim Spehar

Much could be said about President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices so far, including Dr. Ben Carson to oversee Housing and Urban Development.  But the choice most important to western Colorado was still to pending as I wrote ...

Local Sports Briefs: Smith in bull-riding money at NFR

By Staff

It took five rounds, but Tyler Smith is finally in the money at the National Finals Rodeo bull riding event in Las Vegas. The Fruita cowboy scored his first successful ride in the fifth of 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Monday. Smith rode a bull ...


Foundation of versatility

By Jon Mitchell

Two losses to open the season — one of them lopsided — aren’t any indication of how the season is going to go for the Grand Junction High School girls basketball team. That, at least, is how longtime coach Sam Provenza ...


Man accused of 4th DUI could be tried for felony

By Gabrielle Porter

A 26-year-old Grand Junction man with three drunk-driving convictions now faces a felony charge after being arrested when he couldn’t complete roadside maneuvers Friday night near Patterson and 24 Roads. Coty James Russell was pulled ...


Man faces felony stalking charges

By Gabrielle Porter

A 59-year-old Mesa County man accused of showing up at the church of a woman he is restrained from seeing, following her to a store and asking her daughter for information about where she is staying now faces a felony stalking charge. Garry ...

Audit: Workers may be liable for vehicle ‘perk’

By Charles Ashby

Some Colorado employees whose jobs allow them to use a state-owned vehicle to take home may have violated federal tax laws, according to the Colorado Auditor’s Office. An audit presented to state lawmakers Monday found that the state ...

County delays action on 2017 budget, claiming ‘ambush’ by critic

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County commissioners put off action Monday on their proposed 2017 budget after a critic suggested that they would break state law by moving ahead. A final vote is now scheduled for next Monday. Dennis Simpson, a certified public ...


Man gets 18 years for role in burglaries

By Gabrielle Porter

The second man responsible for a host of burglaries throughout Mesa County in 2015 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to reduced charges and agreeing to help investigators close several cases where charges were ...

West Slope water users win in court

By Dennis Webb

Western Slope interests led by the Grand Valley Water Users’ Association prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court in a major water case Monday involving transmountain diversions to the Front Range. In a 5-2 decision, the high court ruled ...

Easement reviews too slow, audit says

By Charles Ashby

State reviews of conservation easement applications are taking longer than anticipated, leading to increased costs for some landowners, a state audit has found. The Colorado Division of Real Estate, which reviews and approves tax credit ...

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