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Bill to nix fed water-rights grab moves ahead

By Charles Ashby

A bill that would negate any federal ownership of private water rights in exchange for a special-use permit won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Monday. The measure, HB1028, is aimed at the federal government’s recent ...

Johnny Carino’s shut down

By Greg Ruland

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office evicted a popular Grand Junction Italian restaurant Monday after it allegedly failed to pay two months rent, according to court records. Kona Restaurant Group of Texas, owner and operator of Johnny ...

Blotter, Feb. 25, 2014

By Staff

Pair accused of menacing homeless man Michael Jesse Lupo, 21, 257 E. Gloucester Circle, and Tanner Reed, 21, 542 E. Valley Circle, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery, menacing and theft after a duffel bag was taken from a man ...

Hoop teams make quick preparations for playoffs

By Matt Meyer

Only two days after receiving a bid into the Class 5A state playoffs, the Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team travels to Castle Rock today to face Castle View in the first round. Fruita Monument coach Michael Wells said through ...

Grand Junction Housing Authority marks 40 years

By Amy Hamilton

For the past 40 years, the Grand Junction Housing Authority has helped local families stay in their homes, offered programs for homebuyers and provided safe, affordable housing. The agency celebrated its four decades during a luncheon on ...


Leap of faith

By Allen Gemaehlich

Like many high school athletes, Bacall Sterling had dreams of competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Chandler, Ariz., native had offers to compete in track & field at Division II Colorado Mesa University and Sacramento State ...


Gregory returns to nationals

By Staff

Sarah Gregory is going back to nationals. The Colorado Mesa University skier was the top individual not on a United States Collegiate Ski Association national-qualifying team last weekend at the Western Regional. Gregory placed sixth in the ...


Mesa County will go for grants for BMX track, fairgrounds work

By Emily Shockley

A BMX venue built to accommodate Olympic qualifying events, a covered arena for animal shows and 45 recreational vehicle sites are coming to the Mesa County Fairgrounds, the county hopes, with help from a $350,000 Great Outdoors Colorado ...

Death Notices, Feb. 25, 2014

By Staff

■ John Ben Artaz, 88, Fruita, died Feb. 22, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fruita United Methodist Church. Mr. Artaz was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne ...


Kingpin gets 32 years, the max term, in sweeping drug probe

By Paul Shockley

Authorities believe the “salsa” served up by 45-year-old Francisco Peralta-Cabral wasn’t on the menu at his restaurant in Meeker. Instead, as Chief Mesa County Judge David Bottger observed today, it was dished to customers ...

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