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Orchard Mesa Community Pool a gathering place for local swimmers

By Allen Gemaehlich

It’s been a challenging season, to say the least, for the Mesa State College women’s swim team. The fourth-year program is forced to train at the Orchard Mesa Community Pool instead of practicing on campus for the first time while ...


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Svaldi comes up big at first state gymnastics meet

By Staff

Charlotte Svaldi has a way of performing well when things are on the line. “Charlotte’s a very strong competitor,” her coach, Jessica Hawkins, said. Three weeks ago, she saved her best for last. Competing in the United ...


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Fruita’s Tonozzi finishes fifth at National Finals Rodeo

By Staff

The way Garrett Tonozzi and his teammate, Kenny Harrell, looked at it, they had nothing to lose. Tonozzi, the 23-year-old Fruita resident, and his roping partner, Harrell, of San Angelo, Texas, were the 15th and final qualifiers in the team ...


GJ’s Jensen training for Boston Marathon

By Amy Hamilton

In the predawn hours, all you can really see of Ray Jensen is a strip of reflective tape across the back of his running jacket and bobbing reflectors on his shoes. Jensen, 43, is training for a January marathon in Arizona. If he can run the ...


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Nye hopes to beat cancer, race again

By Allen Gemaehlich

He once dreamed of racing in the Tour de France, but now he’d simply be satisfied with racing local events. Justin Nye’s childhood dream was reawakened when he was diagnosed with cancer eight months ago. After all, Lance ...


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GJ woman’s Corgis both win national agility titles

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Pamela Wiltgen has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Diablo Harley Boy (aka Harley), who is, shall we say, active. A bit mischievous, too. “He gets to be a little bit of a character,” Wiltgen said. “He’s seven. Imagine him at ...


Sabrè Cook looks to add SuperNational title to resumé

By Allen Gemaehlich

Sabrè Cook will race anyone, anytime. The Grand Junction 14-year-old girl once raced with the flu this season, throwing up the minute she came off the track. Her mother, Melissa Cook, who stayed home to take care of her father-in-law, ...


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MMA fighter no longer headed down a destructive path

By Staff

Brayan Almengor was headed down a destructive path. He knew it. The 14-year-old Grand Junction boy was struggling in school only one year ago, talking back to the teachers, getting in trouble. Worse, he had joined a local gang. He ...


GJ’s Wright helps USA capture cup in Turkey

By Adele Israel

For the second consecutive year, Susan Wright helped the U.S. women’s 50-older tennis team capture the ultimate prize. The Grand Junction woman led the USA to their Maria Bueno Cup title recently in Antalya, Turkey. USA defeated ...


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Sports: Denied bond issue foils perfect solution for Mesa County School District 51

By Patrick Bahr

It seemed like the perfect solution for Mesa County School District 51. Had Referred Measure 3A and 3B passed in last Tuesday’s election, two new high schools would have been built in the Appleton and Orchard Mesa areas. An athletic ...


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