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Fruita man guilty in slaying

By Paul Shockley

A jury needed just a few hours of deliberation to return guilty verdicts in the trial of a Fruita man accused of fatally shooting his roommate. Wayne Gert, 38, was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder, menacing, and two counts of ...

Drive to recall Montrose commissioner stalls

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A recall effort against Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis has fallen short, Montrose Clerk and Recorder Fran Long said Wednesday. To place Ellis on the ballot for a special recall election, the group Recall Montrose ...

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Hospital outsources dispatch services for CareFlight

By Paul Shockley

When CareFlight flew at St. Mary’s Hospital, pilots spanning nearly four decades relied on radio contact with people on the ground in Grand Junction. That changes today for the better, hospital officials said. “Like any homegrown ...

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Big plays lift Raiders, Chiefs to Super Bowl wins

By Scott Schlaufman

When West Raiders running back Jayden Lafferty found a hole in Wednesday night’s Mesa County Junior Football Association lightweight Super Bowl, it was hard to stop him. Not only did Lafferty score four rushing touchdowns in the ...

CMU will consider private-public model

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Colorado Mesa University trustees on Wednesday approved exploration of an idea that would make the school a public-private hybrid. With a recent University of Denver study indicating the state’s contribution to Colorado Mesa could drop ...

Shell shifting attention to deep oil shale

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GOLDEN — Shell Oil Co. has shifted its attention from its freezewall testing on federal oil shale lands in northwest Colorado and is concentrating on deeper areas of the deposit. Shell officials described their freezewall test in the ...

Estonian oil firm could employ 2,000 in a decade, director says

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GOLDEN — In little more than a decade, an Estonian company could be employing as many as 2,000 people in northeastern Utah, pulling 50,000 barrels of petroleum a day from rock. “It’s not fiction, it’s real,” ...

Guilty pleas to extortion, sex charges

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Preventing the possibility of life in prison, former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal extortion and unlawful sexual contact. Serra, 49, who was shackled and dressed in a ...

Death notices, Oct. 20, 2011

By Staff

Linda Jean Allen, 64, Grand Junction, died Oct. 17, 2011, at home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Martin Mortuary. Survivors include her husband, Gary Allen Sr.; two sons, Gary Allen Jr. of Aspen and Larry Allen of Lake Havasu City, ...


Stepbrothers Tyler Church, Jeff Strong lead solid Fruita defense

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There was no question Tyler Church and Jeff Strong would get along. The Fruita Monument High School seniors have been friends since they were on the same basketball team in middle school. A couple of years later, they became stepbrothers ...

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