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Report on child well-being ranks Colorado 20th

By The AP

DENVER — A new national report says the percentage of Colorado children living poverty rose to 15 percent from 10 percent in the last decade, tying with New Hampshire for the fastest increase. The report 2010 Kids Count Data Book ...

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Times tougher on cats than dogs

By Amy Hamilton

As the recession tightened its grip on Mesa County in the past two years, animal-control officials braced themselves for an influx of abandoned pets. But something surprising happened. Relinquishments of dogs actually decreased year over year ...


EnCana’s reclamation innovations a win-win for company, environment

By Dennis Webb

PARACHUTE — In Bryan Whiteley’s work, one of the highest compliments he can get is when the fruits of his labor blend in with the landscape so well they are all but invisible to others. Efforts led by Whiteley recently got ...

Coroner: Man killed mother-in-law, himself

By Paul Shockley

An 84-year-old Montrose woman died of asphyxiation, a result of smothering, and her 61-year-old son-in-law shot himself in the head, the Montrose County Coroner’s Office said Monday. Jeanne L. Mennell’s death has been ruled ...

Blue Band Wagon survey: Chamber program a success

By Staff

Eighty-six percent of people surveyed by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce believe the Chamber’s Blue Band Wagon program encouraging residents to shop local has been effective. The results of a survey asking 225 local people ...

Mother writes about son’s crime, death in prison

By Dennis Webb

For decades, Marian Clayton has been asked how it was that she ended up raising her grandkids. Answering wasn’t easy, considering it involved telling them that her son, Mark Henderson, was serving time for rape. “They really ...

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Judge: 192 years to life for sex assaults

By Paul Shockley

A man convicted at trial on 65 sex-assault-related felonies involving teenage girls was sentenced Monday to serve 192 years to life in prison. Nerio “Ned” Martinez, 37, of Grand Junction, faced even more time under a combination ...

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Community garden target of bugs, beetles ... burglars

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

It’s not just squash bugs and cucumber beetles that have a hankering for the fresh vegetables being grown in the Grand Junction Community Garden. It seems the fresh produce is subject to a few human predators as well. Someone has been ...

Libraries have record-setting June

By {screen_name}

Patrons at the Mesa County Public Library District checked out items at a record rate in June, prompting Director Eve Tallman to channel Mark Twain. “I think that rumors of the death of the book are greatly exaggerated,” Tallman ...

Buck, Norton trade accusations

By {screen_name}

The two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate nomination each said Monday the other isn’t who they claim to be. Ken Buck is a different person on script than off the cuff, his Republican opponent, Jane Norton, said Monday in a news ...

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