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Woman accused in felony child sex assaults

By Staff

A woman with ties to a number of Western Slope addresses faces scores of felony child sexual assault charges that date to late 2012 and early 2013. An arrest warrant for Ranada Jo Tate-Wood-Balletta, 34, alleges a yearslong pattern of abuse ...

Death notices, Sept. 20, 2015

By Staff

■ Former Grand Junction resident Peggy Jean Couey-Kapaun, 69, died Sept. 13, 2015, in Panama City, Florida. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grand Junction. Ms. Couey-Kapaun was a cashier. She is ...

Blotter, Sept. 20, 2015

By Staff

Thou shalt not steal A Mesa County man was jailed Thursday after allegedly breaking into a church and taking cash and food, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The man, 49-year-old Richard Edward Shoemaker, reportedly ...

Bettis, Rockies hold off Padres 7-4

By The AP

DENVER — The hat that Chad Bettis wore after the game was certainly fitting — a picture of a menacing bear. He was bearing down all night; had to in order to escape all the trouble he was in. Bettis dodged jam after jam over five ...

Colorado floods of 2013 remain a “nightmare” for some

By The AP

DENVER — A large rectangle of dirt is all that is left of Doug Miller’s life from the days before the rains fell two years ago. “That will be home one day again,” the 50-year-old custom home builder said, standing in ...


Fire damages Center for Independence in Carbondale

By Greg Ruland

The back office of the social services provider Center for Independence in Carbondale was the site of a suspicious fire early Wednesday, leading police to surmise that the fire may have been set to distract law enforcement officials from a ...


Mesa County goes after convict’s drug cash

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County aims to keep drug-trafficking profits from a man under suspicion in the death of a Grand Junction woman. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver on Wednesday filed a notice in federal court saying that Mesa County recently ...


Bull moose on loose near 32 Road

By Melinda Mawdsley

Although it’s uncommon for a moose to wander from Grand Mesa down into the valley, it can happen, and on Thursday morning a few residents in rural Grand Junction got a rare glimpse of a young bull moose before the animal was returned to ...

Jobless rate at 5.4% in August in Mesa County

By Greg Ruland

Mesa County unemployment dropped to 5.4 percent in August, the county’s lowest jobless rate so far this year, the Colorado Department of Labor reported Friday. The positive move was offset somewhat by the number of people who filed for ...

Animal advocates sue to prevent horse roundups

By Gary Harmon

An animal-advocacy organization is suing to halt any future gathers of wild horses in northwest Colorado. Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based international advocacy organization, sued in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to halt ...

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