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Tapia wants more debate time with opponent, Tipton

By Gary Harmon

The contest for the 3rd Congressional District has been quiet — too quiet to suit the challenger, according to former state Sen. Abel Tapia. The Pueblo Democrat is hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton “wants ...

Death Notices, Oct. 21, 2014

By Staff

■ Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach, 57, Loma, died Oct. 18, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction in Loma. Mr. Balbach was a truck driver who hauled bulls for 25 ...


Montrose focused on Golden

By Matt Meyer

There’s a small, lingering sense of deja vu in the Montrose boys soccer team’s Class 4A playoff matchup this season. In 2013, Montrose was the No. 14 seed, in the same playoff-bracket quadrant as No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain. ...


Central has 7 on All-SWL softball teams

By Staff

After dominating the Southwestern League on the field, Central High School reaped the rewards on the All-Southwestern League Team, which was released Tuesday. The Warriors claimed six of the 11 first-team spots, led by the league’s ...


Mesa County jobless rate hits 6-year low

By Greg Ruland

The Mesa County jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent in September — its lowest level in nearly six years — as more county residents became employed and the local labor force grew, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment ...

Teacher cleared of wrongdoing

By Emily Shockley

A Fruita 8/9 social studies teacher suspected of hitting a student earlier this year is back in the classroom and will not face criminal charges, according to the Fruita prosecutor who dismissed the case Monday. Social studies teacher Jerry ...

Water official: Address 
Western Slope concerns

By Dennis Webb

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the ...


Tipton gets earful about regulations

By Gary Harmon

An expanding web of regulations means a less certain business environment, which is holding back the nation’s economic recovery, several business representatives said Tuesday during a tour of a Grand Junction manufacturer. The gamut ...

GarCo debates 
who will inspect 
eateries, festivals

By Dennis Webb

The state is working on a contract with the Mesa County Health Department to have it do restaurant food safety licensing and inspections in western Garfield County. That’s prompting Garfield commissioners to consider having their county ...

Briefs, Oct. 22, 2014

By Staff

Food sculptor to sign books Colorado artist Jeannie Martin, known as The Fabric Chef, is featured in a story in Ripley’s new “Believe it or Not Special Edition 2015.” A realistic fabric food “sculptor,” Martin ...

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