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Attack survivor inspires female veterans

By Erin McIntyre

Dana Liesegang was 19 years old and had only been enlisted for a few months when she was sexually assaulted by a fellow Navy sailor, thrown off a cliff and left to die. Thus began her life journey to prove everyone wrong and show others that ...

Judicial panel: Judge needs to improve

By Gabrielle Porter

A state commission recommended a Mesa County district judge be placed on a performance improvement plan after she earned low marks in several areas of her position in a job evaluation, including the issuance of timely rulings and decisions, ...


Teachers needed

By Katie Langford

The number of people pursuing teaching degrees in Colorado has steadily declined for the last five years, a troubling trend that could have a ripple effect on the pool of qualified teachers in the state in the years to come. More than 13,000 ...

BLM will decide soon on 146-well drilling plan

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management is close to issuing a decision on a proposed 146-well drilling plan in the upper North Fork Valley after releasing a final environmental impact statement last month. The final statement on SG Interests’ ...

Legislators hope to draw teachers to rural areas with incentives

By Katie Langford

Colorado lawmakers this year created incentives for teachers in training to start their careers in rural school districts, which have chronically struggled to attract and retain enough qualified candidates. Senate Bill 16-104, or Teachers in ...


600-acre fire threatens homes

By Erin McIntyre

The Spring Creek 2 Fire grew to roughly 600 acres on Saturday, forcing residents living in the Housetop Mesa area to evacuate. The Mesa and Garfield County sheriff’s offices issued voluntary evacuation orders when the fire came within ...


Portraits of people in our community

By Rachel Sauer

Shooting the breeze on the porch “I’m keeping an eye on those clouds. Might get rain.” “Well, I don’t know about that. We’ve been having storms go right around us lately.” “We didn’t ...

Blotter, August 14, 2016

By Staff

DMEA scam hits Hotchkiss Officials with the Delta-Montrose Electric Association said last week that a number of people in the Hotchkiss area had received sophisticated scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. Scammers ...

You Said It, August 14, 2016

By Staff

Poor baby Bethannie. I was physically ill after reading what those two animals did to her. All she wanted was to be loved and told what a pretty little girl she is. There doesn’t need to be a trial. Send them to prison for life. No plea ...


‘The Lost Chronicles’ great fantasy, fiction

By Laurena Mayne Davis

“The Lost Chronicles of Ara: The Mirkwood Codex” immerses readers in 1939 England, while the world teeters on the brink of war. Philologist, professor, author and now reluctant spy J.R.R. Tolkien is recruited to a secret lair of ...

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