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Unaffiliated voter bill raises questions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If unaffiliated voters designate a preference in which major parties’ primary they want to cast a ballot without actually joining that party, they would be tagged as someone who voted in that political primary under a bill ...


New senior housing complex opens

By Amy Hamilton

Karen Garcia beamed with pride as strangers strolled through her brand new bedroom on Friday afternoon. With the grand opening of The Highlands, a 64-unit housing complex by the Grand Junction Housing Authority in the 800 block of Bookcliff ...

Blotter, May 6, 2017

By Staff

Whitman Park fire is arson A trash can burned at Whitman Park between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning was the result of arson, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. A case report filed by the Grand Junction said whoever ...


Senate rejects Clifton woman’s 
place on civil rights commission

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — In a move rarely seen, Republicans in the Colorado Senate, on a party-line vote, rejected the reappointment of Clifton resident Heidi Hess, a Democrat, to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Hess has served on the commission, ...


Western Colorado’s soil leaves plenty to be desired, and here’s how to help

By Erin McIntyre

Amend, amend, amend. That was the mantra we learned in Colorado State University’s Master Gardener class when I took the course five years ago. We have cruddy soil here in western Colorado, maybe some of the worst in the state, and ...

Many perennials do well in both shade and heat

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4 feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. The lawn grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by trees, but gets two or three hours of blistering midday ...

Briefs, May 6, 2017

By Staff

Woman killed in ATV crash is identified The Mesa County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the 56-year-old woman who died in an ATV accident on Glade Park Wednesday night. Janie Quimby, a Grand Junction resident, died as a result ...

Death Notices, May 6, 2017

By Staff

■ Mary Lillian Orris, 89, Fruita, died May 3, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Craig. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. She worked in the banking industry. Survivors include ...


Ex-student guilty 
of lesser charges 
in sex assault case

By Gabrielle Porter

A former Colorado Mesa University student who denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in Mesa County in 2015 avoided conviction on two felony charges at trial last month, but will serve 60 days in jail and five years probation ...


Rifle man tapped for No. 2 spot at Interior

By Gary Harmon

A Rifle native is awaiting a U.S. Senate hearing on his appointment as deputy secretary of the Interior. David Bernhardt, who in 2006 was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the department’s solicitor, was nominated to the No. 2 spot ...

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