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Beach day at Rim Rock Rodeo

By Eden Laase

Ryley Beach grew up watching his dad team rope at rodeos, and as soon as he could walk he was up on a horse. On Tuesday, the 15-year-old and his partner, Kyle Rush, won the team roping No. 8 competition at Rim Rock Rodeo in 23 ...


Blue Mesa Reservoir opens additional ramp

By Dave Buchanan

Boaters headed for Blue Mesa Reservoir for the holiday weekend will have added access to the water. The National Park Service on Thursday is opening the Ponderosa boat ramp, located at the northwest end of the Soap Creek arm of Blue ...


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Colorado Mesa bass fishing duo takes big prize in Oklahoma

By Allen Gemaehlich

Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade had never competed in a bass fishing tournament. The first time they did, the Colorado Mesa University students slayed the giants. The bass fishing duo, who grew up fishing on small ponds in Colorado and Utah, ...


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Black Canyon offering 
free wildflower hikes

By Dave Buchanan

Take a walk on the wild(flower) side. Last winter’s deep snows and a wet spring (April showers?) are producing a multitude of wild flowers to the state’s highlands.  Every Sunday in July, you can join a free wildflower hike ...


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Existing simply, simply existing 
— the call of the high country

By Dave Buchanan

The Continental Divide was dusted with new snow Saturday morning, reminding an east-bound visitor that summer arrives late and leaves early in the Colorado high country. This weekend is the starting gate for many mountain lovers, the ...


Oil, gas ballot measures bad for state, governor says

By Dennis Webb

ASPEN — Gov. John Hickenlooper says it’s his understanding that oil and gas measures proposed for this fall’s ballot could face a strong possibility of being overturned in court if voters pass them. “I’m not a ...


County pay strategy may change

By Emily Shockley

A proposed compensation plan change for Mesa County employees would cost an estimated $8 million to administer, according to an in-house estimate. Members of the county’s compensation committee, a group of employees from various ...


Ex-official 
guilty in 
bank theft

By Paul Shockley

A former vice president at a local bank who was accused of embezzling up to $650,000 in cash may end up going to prison. Anna Jones, 53, formerly Bank of Colorado’s vice president of teller operations at the 200 Grand Ave. branch, ...


Death notice, July 2, 2014

By Staff

■ Jack E. Blankenship, 88, Battlement Mesa, died June 29, 2014, at HopeWest Hospice and Care Center. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Pkwy. A celebration ...


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10-year term
 for ex-soldier 
in deadly date

By Paul Shockley

A man who maintains he’s innocent in the 2011 death of a male escort was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter, resolving a case originally charged by a Mesa County grand jury as first-degree ...


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