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Take a hike this New Year’s Day at one of your favorite state parks

By Emily Shockley

James M. Robb Colorado River, Sweitzer Lake, Rifle Falls and Ridgway state parks are among 30 Colorado state parks that will host First Day Hikes activities on Thursday. First Day Hikes debuted more than two decades ago in Massachusetts and ...


Murder charge filed in death of dad

By Dennis Webb

Prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge Tuesday against a 27-year-old man in the death of his father near New Castle. Anthony Padia could face 16 to 48 years in prison if convicted. Court affidavits quote Padia as telling authorities ...

Deaths, Dec. 31, 2014

By Staff

■ David Michael “Beve” Ashcraft, 52, Grand Junction, died Dec. 23, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel. Mr. Ashcraft was a salesman in the grocery business. He is ...

Clock ticking on cable deal 
with local TV

By Greg Ruland

With little more than 24 hours before transmission of local CBS and FOX programming via cable is cut, negotiations between the only cable service provider in Grand Junction and the owner of a local television station were at an impasse late ...

Former Mesa player is new Mines FB coach

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A former Mesa State College football player was hired Tuesday as the head football coach at Colorado School of Mines. Gregg Brandon, who played at Mesa in 1974, replaces Bob Stitt, who left to become the head football coach at Division I ...


The Reichle effect

By Patti Arnold

Erin Reichle doesn’t just play basketball. “I say she’s a basketball player,” Colorado Mesa women’s basketball coach Taylor Wagner said of his 5-foot-6 sophomore guard. “For some, it’s ‘I play ...


Winter visitor

By Dave Buchanan

Winter is a time of change, and for wildlife that generally means a change in habitat. It’s not uncommon — in fact, it’s expected — for the dark months to send Sandhill cranes to the Rio Grande Valley and bring elk ...


Gray wolf accidentally killed in Utah by a hunter

By Dave Buchanan

A 3-year-old female gray wolf was shot and killed Sunday in southwestern Utah after a hunter apparently mistook her for a coyote, Utah officials said. The wolf had been radio-collared in January near Cody, Wyoming, and after traveling more ...

Sprints, Nordic races this weekend on Grand Mesa

By Dave Buchanan

With winter blowing and snowing on Grand Mesa, it’s a great time to break out of the holiday doldrums (I mean, how much fudge can you eat in two weeks?) and head outside. Cross-country skiing is at its best right now and who better than ...


After 7 years, an arrest

By Paul Shockley

The Pear Park man under scrutiny for more than seven years in the 2007 disappearance and death of Paige Birgfeld said nothing when he was handcuffed on the morning of Nov. 21 at a parking lot off H Road. Lester Ralph Jones, 63, fresh off a ...

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