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Protesters say 20 years in prison too lenient for death of little girl

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Family members delivered emotional testimony Monday afternoon during the sentencing of Daniel Ryan, convicted of killing 16-month-old Hailey Rocha in September. Ryan, 24, of Montrose, was sentenced to 20 years after pleading ...

Groups in new suit assail BLM over study of drilling, air quality

By Dennis Webb

A new lawsuit accuses the Bureau of Land Management of approving at least 34 oil and gas projects covering more than 1,400 wells in Garfield and Mesa counties while failing to analyze the resulting air pollution. Environmental law firm ...


Cattlewomen honor lifelong farmer, rancher for Father’s Day

By Daniel Humphries

Dale Smith has seen a lot over nine and a half decades. He remembers where the old saddle shop used to stand on Main Street. He remembers Elmer Wright’s big barn that used to be where the bus station now is located. He remembers the ...

District 51 tallies near-record number of homeless students

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School District 51 had more kids enrolled in its homeless student program at the end of the 2010–11 school year than in all but two years since the program launched in 2002–03. On the final day of school last month, 520 students ...

Fracturing ruling forces refunds to companies

By Dennis Webb

Some Colorado counties must refund energy companies after a company last year successfully challenged sales taxes charged for hydraulic fracturing. For Garfield County alone, “It’s roughly $3.9 million that the state is going to ...

Blotter, June 14, 2011

By Staff

Robbery suspect arrested The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a suspect in last Wednesday’s robbery of a convenience store in Parachute. Jesus Gandarilla-Torres, also known as Marcelino Del La Paz, was arrested ...

Getting It Right, June 14, 2011

By Staff

A book review on Sunday incorrectly identified the hometown of author Leigh Fortson, who wrote the book “Embrace, Release, Heal.” She is from Grand Junction. Colorado State Patrol Trooper James Womack arrested Zechariah James ...

Death Notices, June 14, 2011

By Staff

Former Grand Junction resident Mark Allen Ashcraft, 54, Lahaina, Hawaii, died June 10, 2011, in Hawaii. Services will take place at a later date. Mr. Ashcraft was a construction contractor. Survivors include one son, Jeremiah of Denver; his ...

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Director chosen for new division of Parks, Wildlife

By Charles Ashby

A Pueblo native and longtime U.S. Forest Service worker will head the newly merged Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Rick Cables, who is ending a 35-year career with the Forest Service, was named Monday as executive director of the new ...

Property tax deadline Wednesday

By Staff

The deadline to pay the second and final installment of Colorado property taxes is Wednesday. Property owners can check the status of their tax bills at, click on the “property taxes” button and then on ...

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