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Valley still prone to bad-air days

By Staff

The quality of the Grand Valley’s air has been improving, in general, for the past seven years. But on those rare days when the air does get bad — typically during cold-weather inversions — it is getting really bad. Those ...

Police Blotter, Nov. 23, 2009

By Staff

Woman reports robbery A woman told police she was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. The woman was not harmed, police said. The woman, who was not identified in a news release, said she ...

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For this reporter, getting a card was just a videoconference away

By Amy Hamilton

The newspaper ad with red lettering splayed over a large green marijuana leaf leapt from the page: “We have doctors ready to do patient assessments. The state has legalized medical marijuana. Call/Text now to get ...

Concept of future space elevator now in testing

By Staff

My last column was about private enterprise progressing toward a goal that is literally out of this world — space travel for the general public. In it, I discussed the more conventionally understood approach of being rocket-propelled ...


County officials fight with landowners to clear waste

By Staff

Just outside De Beque sits a pile of tires 15,000 to 30,000 strong, according to Mesa County officials. Just outside Fruita sit bundles of tires that neighbors estimate number in the thousands. Both of these radial strongholds have, to date, ...

Vehicular homicide cases

By Staff

PATRICK STRAWMATT, 43 INCIDENT: On March 22, 2007, former cop Patrick Strawmatt was eluding Colorado State Patrol troopers at speeds of up to 120 mph westbound on Interstate 70 near Clifton. Mesa State College students Jake Brock and Jennifer ...

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Revitalized BMX track a labor of love

By Staff

Three years ago the BMX bike track at the Mesa County Fairgrounds was an overgrown weed patch that barely drew a handful of racers for competitions. Today it is a top-notch facility that sees 100 riders per race. It has hosted four state ...

Sentencing varies widely in vehicular homicides

By Amy Hamilton

John Fullmer III is drawn to the acres of green fields at Grand Junction’s Canyon View Park. It’s there where cherished memories of his son, their time spent coaching youth football together, are most alive. Fullmer won’t ...

Stores holding back on hiring extra holiday help

By Emily Shockley

In a season when retailers are tightening their belts and only elves seem to be guaranteed a job for the holidays, some businesses still are hiring. Enstrom Candies at 701 Colorado Ave. hired approximately 80 people to help with extra orders ...

Seven Mavs place in UNC Open

By Staff

Mesa State placed seven wrestlers in the top six Sunday in the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Open in Greeley. “It was a good tournament,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “The young guys wrestled well. We’ve never ...

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