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Backpacks stocked with kid fuel

By Rachel Sauer

The wish list was so simple: granola bars, peanut butter, cans of ravioli and Vienna sausage, boxes of macaroni and cheese. Shoppers entering the City Market stores on 24 Road and in Fruita Saturday were offered the list, given the option to ...

Clifton brothers held in slaying

By Staff

Two brothers have been arrested on suspicion of killing Abel Weston Roper, 31, of Fruita. Jose Juan Ortiz, 30, and Julio Sesar Ortiz, 29, both of Clifton, were arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to the Mesa County ...


Heroin spike prompts changes

By Paul Shockley

The 20-something man asked his girlfriend to leave the room. He asked the same of a nurse. Dr. Marc Breen, who was working an emergency-room shift at Community Hospital last fall, already had heard the man’s complaints about chronic ...

Gray Gourmet, March 4, 2012

By Staff

Monday — Chicken fajitas with salsa, pinto beans, peaches. Tuesday — Spinach cheese squares, parsley potatoes, island vegetables, pineapple slices. Wednesday — Chicken fricassee, lima beans, hot marinated carrots, citrus ...

Business Briefcase, March 4, 2012

By Staff

■ Merrill Lynch, 123 N. Seventh St., Suite 200, recently hired Scott Mercier as a financial adviser. Mercier also was elected chairman of the Community Hospital Board of Trustees on Wednesday. ■ Troy Petersen, a Grand Junction ...

Weekly Planner, March 4, 2012

By Staff

Sunday, March 4 Mesa County Chapter of the Western Colorado Congress, open public gathering, 2 p.m., Palisade Veteran’s Memorial Community Center, 120 W. Eighth St., Palisade, speaker Hannah Holm, director of Colorado Mesa University ...

Death Notices, March 4, 2012

By Staff

■ Catharine Benjamin, 86, Grand Junction, died Feb. 29, 2012, at The Fountains Living Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Church. Survivors include one daughter, Kerry Benjamin of Littleton; and two brothers, Ron ...


National monument to serve as classroom for District 51 students

By Dave Buchanan

Most residents of the Grand Valley have a comfortable familiarity with the slick-rock canyons, goblin spires and precipitous cliffs of Colorado National Monument. Many of us spend countless hours there throughout the year, hiking the ...


Better late than never: Enjoy Colorado’s ski country

By Dave Buchanan

Powder shots in the morning, skiing in shorts by mid-afternoon. It must be spring in the Rockies. Skiing and riding have been bare-bones for much of the winter as that stream of winter storms pounding Colorado the past two years suddenly was ...


Smithsonian Institute reveals emergence of Bryan’s Shearwater

By Staff

A bird species known only from two records and thought possibly to be extinct is again making news. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo recently announced they had confirmed decades-old small numbers of ...

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