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Printed letters, Dec. 24, 2009

By Staff

According to “Housing First! No More Deaths,” 16 homeless people died in 2008 in Grand Junction. This number was higher than 2007, when 11 homeless people died. They died alone, homeless, in the freezing cold of Grand ...

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

By Staff

During the period when the old Roman empire was at the height of its power — that is, in the days of Caesar Augustus — Dec. 25 was celebrated as a festival of the unconquered sun. The festivities, of course, were held during the ...


Put these ideas on your Christmas ‘to-do’ list

By Dave Buchanan

Everyone has a long “to-do” list during the holidays, but what about on Christmas Day? What is there for the outdoors lover “to do” on Christmas Day that won’t take the whole day — there are other ...


HW: A gift of vision December 22, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Sarah Sterling could be totally blind today if it weren’t for the compassion and support of a local optometrist. Sterling, 25, had congenital cataracts, and in the past year her vision began deteriorating rapidly. The Mesa State ...

Husband of deployed wife must convey feelings

By Sheri Fisher

Dan’s wife has been deployed overseas with her Army Reserve unit since last summer, and he has been taking care of their three kids while working full time. So Dan and the kids are celebrating the holidays without Michelle, whose tour ...

Ask the holiday expert

By Steve Beauregard

It’s time to answer all the Christmas-related questions that have been e-mailed to me from imaginary readers. I’ve been diligently working on this column for a long time now, going all the way back to 14 minutes ago when the rum ...

Argentine malbecs good choice for holiday

By Dave Buchanan

Heading off to that Christmas get-together with nothing in your hands? Tsk, tsk. There’s no reason to go empty-handed, even if the wallet did take a beating this season. There are plenty of good wines priced around $10 that will ...


Finding a new home: Bookcliff Activity Center provides place to practice for home-school team

By Allen Gemaehlich

Normally, the Jaguars would practice at a public school or even outside. This week, neither was a viable option. Luckily, the girls basketball team has another option, the Bookcliff Activity Center. The Jaguars, a group of eight high school ...

Mesa County to cut its employees’ retirement benefits next year

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Mesa County will cut its employees’ retirement benefits next year, a move attributable to a recession that has sapped the county of millions of dollars in revenue. Under the old retirement plan, workers with fewer than five years of ...

Churches setting up for Christmas services

By Allen Gemaehlich

The churches are decorated, and children and pastors across the Grand Valley are preparing for Christmas Eve. “In one sense, the message is the same message from year to year, that God emerges in our reality and our own skin to be with ...

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