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National Guard christens new $12 million training center

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When work began a year ago on a $12 million readiness center for the Colorado National Guard in Grand Junction, the unit it houses had five Western Slope members. On Saturday, when the $12 million building officially opened, Charlie Company ...

Fracking operation prompts more concern about air pollution in Battlement Mesa

By Dennis Webb

Another hydraulic fracturing operation related to natural gas development is triggering concerns about air pollution in Battlement Mesa. Photos taken by resident Garry Evenson show what he says were smelly emissions rising from an Encana Oil ...

GJ fire chief a finalist for Fort Collins job

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins has been recruited and is one of three finalists for the top position at the Poudre Fire Authority. Watkins said he is not actively looking for jobs outside the Grand Junction Fire Department, but the ...

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Quilter shows winning face at Houston

By Sherida Warner

Making faces can be a silly children’s game, but that’s not the case for art quilter Maria Elkins of Beavercreek, Ohio. She makes a career out of making faces — as in cloth portraits — and she has filmed a how-to DVD, ...

Biz Buzz, Nov. 6, 2011

By Staff

The sign has been visible for a couple of weeks, and people frequently were swinging by the Daylight Donuts on Orchard Mesa to see if it was open. Friday, the wait ended, and the first two days were doozies, according to Troy Ritter, one of ...

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Cowboy up! for Western dressage

By Bob Silbernagel

Jim Farmer and his horse, Isabelle, won the Introductory Level Western Dressage championship at the Grand Valley Dressage Society Western Slope Championships last month. It helped that Farmer and Isabelle were the only competitors in the ...

Horselplay: Upcoming events for November

By Staff

Nov. 12: Awards banquet, Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2011 Year-End Awards Banquet, Grand Junction Horse Show Association, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Nov. 12: Ranch Roping, Fruita, 303-947-7826. Nov. 19: Natural Horsemanship ...

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Gym, counseling activities combined in new center

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Kim Philia combined her experience as a former gym owner with her more-recent experience as a counselor to create Defy Gravity Youth and Community Center. The center at 3198 C Road had its grand opening Friday. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and ...

Book Notes, Nov. 6, 2011

By Staff

New writers group meeting set The Page Peddlers writing group wants to start a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group on the Western Slope. It is having an informational meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at 800 Colorado Ave. Those ...

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Crystal fear: Drop in meth prices concerns law enforcement

By Paul Shockley

It’s a question answered hesitantly in Mesa County drug cop circles. Why is it cheaper? Methamphetamine — public enemy No. 1 for Grand Valley law enforcement and the focus of aggressive enforcement and attention by government ...

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