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Clash over teen pregnancy issues brewing in statehouse

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A program to help prevent teen pregnancies and keep young people in school won approval in a Colorado House committee on Thursday, but its path could be a rocky one if it gets caught up in a related bill on birth control. While ...


Sex-assault suspect’s bond set at $1M cash

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man suspected of molesting at least eight women was ordered jailed in lieu of $1 million cash-only bail Thursday, among the highest bond settings for a non-capital case in Mesa County in recent years. “In 26 years ...

Death Notices, Jan. 30, 2015

By Staff

■ Irene Genevieve (Mordas) Bennett, 89, Palisade, died Jan. 25, 2015, at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Ms. Bennett was a ...

Blotter, Jan. 30, 2015

By Staff

Drug sales alleged Police officers with the Fruita Police Department and deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tre Hall, 19, and Jesse Delano, 18, on suspicion of charges including drug possession and distribution ...

Counties seek broadband study funding

By Dennis Webb

PARACHUTE — Mesa and Garfield county commissioners plan to pursue funds for a study of broadband needs in the two-county region. In a joint meeting Thursday, commissioners agreed to try to get a state Department of Local Affairs grant ...


Tourism update includes bright outlook for 2015

By Mike Wiggins

The Grand Valley’s tourism industry showed signs in 2014 it’s breaking out of the doldrums that have plagued much of the rest of the local economy, as Grand Junction-area hotels booked more rooms and collected more taxes than in ...

GOP targets renewable energy

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate committee approved a measure Thursday that would roll back the renewable energy standard that power suppliers must meet in generating electricity. SB44, introduced by Sen. Ray Scott and Rep. Dan Thurlow, both Grand ...

Parents can apply to get children in kindergarten, first grade early

By Emily Shockley

School District 51 Early Access applications are available through the last Friday in February for parents interested in putting their children in kindergarten or first grade a year early. Early Access application packets can be picked up and ...

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

By The AP

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy ...

Eckert leaving for Utah park

By Gary Harmon

Colorado National Monument Superintendent Lisa Eckert will take over this spring as head of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. An interim superintendent for the monument overlooking the Grand Valley will be appointed, the National Park ...

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