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Fruita man sentenced to prison for killing roommate

By Staff

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Tuesday sentenced a Fruita man to 22 years in prison for the shooting death of his roommate in May 2010. Wayne Gert, 39, could have been sentenced anywhere from 16 to 48 years in prison following ...

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Hospital cites Gormley’s 50-year service

By Rachel Sauer

Pat Gormley’s first view of this world was in St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born there Oct. 6, 1930, back when it was a modest small-town hospital on Colorado Avenue. And he spent most of the summer of 1943 there, combatting typhoid ...

Teachers union must pay own way

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One budget item School District 51 doesn’t have to worry about is funding the Mesa Valley Education Association. The union was recognized in a Sunday Denver Post article as the only teacher representation group among the 20-largest ...

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Struggling Black Mountain gets OK to expand oil, gas waste recycling facility

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Black Mountain Recycling received the go-ahead Tuesday to expand its De Beque-area oil and gas waste-disposal business, a move that should generate vital revenue for the financially struggling company, which entered bankruptcy two months ...

Blotter, Dec. 21, 2011

By Staff

No-drink order summons Although a Grand Junction transient was under court orders not to consume alcohol, the man told Grand Junction police he thought it was all right as long as he didn’t get drunk, according to a summons he received ...

School narrows achievement gap

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Achievement gaps are becoming a distant memory at Oak Grove Elementary School in Montrose. Between 2007 and 2010, the more than 400-student school eliminated a gap in Colorado Student Assessment Program reading test scores between its ...

Affordable housing rules scaled back in Garfield

By Dennis Webb

Reflecting the sharp shift in the region’s housing market, Garfield County commissioners have scaled back affordable housing requirements they had expanded in 2008. In a county where people struggled to buy homes just a few short years ...

Death notices, Dec. 21, 2011

By Staff

Gladys Marie Charlton, 96, formerly of Delta County, died Dec. 19, 2011, at Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley Nursing Home in Grand Junction. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, with burial to follow at ...

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For local sports coaches and players, gift wishes can vary

By Staff

When it comes to winning a championship, coaches will try just about anything, even appealing to a higher power, especially at Christmas. “I want an RMAC championship,” Colorado Mesa University women’s basketball coach Roger ...

Email letters, Dec. 20, 2011

By Staff

Signature validation needed on marijuana issue According to news reports, recreational pot use may become legal if approved by voters next year. It seems like some pot issue is on every ballot lately. But, the same news report said that 2006 ...

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