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Bill hikes fines for public lands damages

By Dennis Webb

Two Colorado Democrats have introduced a bill that would allow for drastically increased fines for illegally or recklessly damaging public lands. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. John Salazar said in a news release today that the measure ...

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder in 2009 shooting

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement formalized this morning calls for a prison term between 16 and 36 years for a man who shot two people on Orchard Mesa last spring. Tommy Lee Perez, 26, of Rifle, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and a sentence-enhancing ...

Man anxious about date with ex-girlfriend

By Sheri Fisher

“I saw my ex-girlfriend, Michelle, a couple of weeks ago,” James said as we started our coaching session. “Our first conversation was awkward, but since then, we’ve seen each other a couple of times and have moved back ...

Suplizio Field receives Field of Year award

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Suplizio Field is the Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association 2009 Field of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding turf sports facilities and the staff who work hard to maintain it, according to the city of Grand Junction release. The ...

Ritter moves on campaign finance law

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter plans to take a dispute over campaign finance laws straight to the state Supreme Court. Ritter’s chief legal counsel Trey Rogers says the governor is asking the court to determine if state ...

Underage drinking party busted at DA’s house

By Amy Hamilton

Twenty-six teenagers received summonses Saturday for drinking alcohol as minors at the home of Mesa County District Attorney while he and his wife were vacationing. Pete Hautzinger said by phone Tuesday that his two teenage sons were ...

Glider pilot discusses fatal midair collision

By The AP

BOULDER - The glider pilot who flew to safety through a fireball from the midair collision of two planes over Boulder says it was just seconds between when he saw one plane approaching and when it collided with the plane towing him. On ...

Signs of possible wolf pack reported north of De Beque

By Staff

A biologist working for the owner of High Lonesome Ranch north of De Beque has reported the possibility of a wolf pack on the ranch property. Cristina Eisenberg said she has found scat and tracks that indicate at least one wolf, and possibly ...

020810 DOLA money

$3.2 million state grant to help pay for overpass on 29 Road

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A $3.2 million grant from the state to Mesa County will go immediately to work on an overpass crossing the railroad. An $8 million grant made from the same pot of money to Parachute, also for an overpass, will sit while town officials try to ...

Cabela’s expects to need 218 employees

By Amy Hamilton

The promise of more than 200 jobs at a Cabela’s store opening in Mesa Mall should be a boon to job-seekers hungry to take a bite out of the county’s high unemployment numbers. Cabela’s sells hunting and fishing equipment and ...

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