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Blotter: May 21, 2009

By Staff

Sex assault on girl reported • Three men allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile girl in the northeast part of Grand Junction, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. The report was taken Tuesday. No arrests have been made, ...

Xcel gas bills to be about $9 less in June compared to 2008

By Carrie Marfitano

Xcel Energy’s residential customers can expect to pay about $9 less for natural gas this June compared to last June, about a 30 percent reduction. Meanwhile, small-business owners will save about $56.50, or 38 percent, this June compared ...

Schoolbus S Dodd 5-20-9

Wheels on the bus go ’round for last time

By Emily Shockley

When Wendy West put her daughter Morgan on the bus for her first day at Taylor Elementary, she knew her child was in good hands. That’s because they were the same hands that drove her to Taylor when she was a kid. The Wests are ...

Teens held without bond in Orchard Mesa spree

By Paul Shockley

A pair of 17-year-old boys suspected in an crime spree across Orchard Mesa were ordered held without bond Wednesday after a judge labeled both “dangers to society.” And the mothers of the boys concurred with that ...

New District 51 chief to make $150,000 a year

By Emily Shockley

Steve Schultz will make $150,000 during his first year and receive a 3.6 percent increase each year thereafter when he becomes School District 51 superintendent July 1. Schultz, who makes $127,413 as assistant superintendent, signed a ...

August preliminary hearing scheduled in Benson murders

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Brian Flynn on Wednesday scheduled a preliminary hearing for Aug. 19 in the case of accused double-murderer Jerry Nemnich. Steve Colvin, Nemnich’s public defender, said the extra three months are needed to review ...

Energy industry layoffs have driven many into long lines for assistance

By Staff

Receptionist Kathy Gerlock keeps a puzzle on her desk, a circular kiosk at the entrance to the Mesa County Department of Human Services. “That’s for if there is a lot of people waiting,” Gerlock said. The puzzle, a ...

Central’s Forney finishes 16th at state golf tourney

By Staff

Central High School’s Loren Forney shot an 80 in Tuesday’s second round of the Class 5A girls state golf championships at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins. Coupled with Forney’s first-day round of 82 on Monday, she ...


OUT: Pelican Lake May 20, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

VERNAL, Utah — John Davis looked down at his feet, where the parched carcass of a bluegill lay mummifying along the sun-drenched banks of Pelican Lake. “Well, sometimes fishing reports aren’t exactly timely, if you know what ...

OUT Connection column May 20, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

With local rivers on the rise and near-flood stage not so far off, there could be no better time for the annual Mesa County State of the River meeting. Spend a couple hours learning about streamflows, water storage operations, river health ...

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