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Swimming toward a goal: Valley swim teams all have different ways to measure success

By Staff

The Grand Junction High School girls swim team is aiming high this year — specifically, the top three of the Southwestern League. “I like a good stiff challenge, so it will be fun,” coach Dale Leonhart said. “It will ...

Inversion in valley causes grimy skies

By Amy Hamilton

If you’d like to see the hazy skies finally leave the Grand Valley, there are a few things you can do: Drive less, heat your home without burning wood and pray for some wind. The Grand Valley is experiencing a high-pressure inversion, a ...

Death Notices, Dec. 18, 2009

By Staff

Myrtle Pauline Pipher “Mert” Bowlus, 71, Montrose, died Dec. 14, 2009, at her home. Services will be at a later date. Survivors include her husband, Jack of Montrose; three sons, Andy VanDenBerg of Placerville, Lee VanDenBerg of ...

Briefs, Dec. 18, 2009

By Staff

Feds to burn slash piles in Mesa County Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning to burn slash piles in Mesa County. Crews will aim to burn up to 300 piles on Black Ridge west of ...

Ex-administrator given probation

By Paul Shockley

A parade of former and current coaches from School District 51 stood up Thursday for convicted sex offender Johnnie Walker, praising the longtime former Grand Junction High School administrator as a worthy example for students, loyal and ...

Streets named for settlers

By Kathy Jordan

Griffith has cancer surgery LOS ANGELES — A representative for Melanie Griffith says the actress has had surgery to remove early stages of skin cancer from her face. Spokeswoman Robin Baum said Thursday the procedure was done early ...

Blotter, Dec. 18, 2009

By Staff

Lincoln loses latest appeal For the second time in less than a month, the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal involving a former Palisade resident. The state’s high court announced Nov. 30 it will not review the conviction ...

Shoppers at the Mall 12-16

Merchants hope for big retail weekend

By Emily Shockley

Stores are gearing up for the biggest sales day of the year at Mesa Mall. The Saturday before Christmas is the biggest revenue-gathering day at the mall, according to spokeswoman Jammie McCloud. The mall hasn’t been as full as usual ...

Community Hospital forced to lay off staff

By Amy Hamilton

Community Hospital on Thursday announced it would have to lay off some staff members starting in January. The numbers of layoffs haven’t been announced, but positions will be eliminated in areas that do not include patient care, ...

Montrose County taps new manager

By Staff

Former Assistant Garfield County Manager Jesse Smith is expected to be named Montrose County manager next week, officials announced Thursday. The Montrose County Commission will appoint Smith on Monday. His first day on the job will be Jan. ...

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