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Early start for District 51 
hampers students’ fair plans

By Emily Shockley

Despite having one of his steers take the title of reserve champion homegrown at this year’s Mesa County Fair, 16-year-old Dean VanWinkle will be a no-show later this month at the Colorado State Fair. That’s because when it came ...


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Gun-packing service draws spotlight, more customers to Rifle restaurant

By Rachel Sauer

Before any of the other staff arrive, before the sun is anything more than a teasing hint at the eastern horizon, before the busyness of daytime drowns out the buzz of the street lamps, the kitchen lights are glowing at the back of Shooters ...


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Motorcycle driver dies in crash downtown

By Melinda Mawdsley

A man was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on the curve of a busy Grand Junction street. The man, whose name and age weren’t released, was heading south on First Street with a group of eight to 10 other ...


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Weeks targets young readers with new novel ‘The Centerville Code’

By Laurena Mayne Davis

In “The Centerville Code,” Zack Harris is whiling away summer days between sixth grade and seventh with a pack of good friends, a well-developed sense of curiosity, a bicycle and the freedom to explore his Midwestern town between ...


Book notes, Aug. 10, 2014

By Ann Wright

Downtown bookstore hosts book-signing Out West Books will host a book-signing for a memoir about a Colorado woman who rode a donkey across the state. “On My Ass: Riding the Midelife Crisis Trail” is a memoir by Lou Dean about ...


Your Town, Aug. 10, 2014

By Tammy Gemaehlich

If you missed “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Night” (last Friday), you’re still in luck. SSZOYNPN is celebrated each year on 
Aug. 8 — a result of the overzealous planting of ...


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Fruita man heads out on Alaskan highways on Suzuki

By Melinda Mawdsley

Fruita’s Don West called it an adventure, and it’s difficult to imagine a more appropriate word to describe his two-month, solo motorcycle trip from Grand Junction to the Arctic Circle. After leaving Grand Junction earlier this ...


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Medical center, hotels keep development along key business corridor alive

By Greg Ruland

A section of the city known as the 24 Road corridor enjoys the right mix of regulatory and private sector drivers to spur increased development, but until the Grand Junction economy generates more jobs and rooftops, growth in the area will ...


Gray Gourmet, Aug. 10, 2014

By Staff

All meals served with 1 percent milk: Monday — Macaroni and cheese broccoli, spinach cheese salad, blushing pears and banana, wheat bread slice. Tuesday — Apricot glazed chicken, white rice, three-bean salad, spiced peaches, ...


You Said It, Aug. 10, 2014

By Staff

I had no idea until last night when I heard about the District 51 petition that summer only lasts the first two weeks of August, families can only be visited the first two weeks of August and vacations can only be done the first two weeks of ...


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