‘A lot of patience, a lot of love’

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Single father David Watkins and his two 8-year-old nieces Abigail, left, and Zoe hug each other right after District Judge Valerie Robison granted Watkins’ adoption petition Monday at the Mesa County Justice Center.


Uncle becomes dad to five and meets his biggest challenge yet

Most men don’t start their path to fatherhood at age 36, single, technically homeless, with four traumatized children and one toddler who during her waking hours can’t be set down.
David Watkins took the path less traveled.

Police arrest burglary suspect

A Utah man is under arrest and suspected of burglarizing eight Mesa County businesses since July 15, including three early Monday morning, stealing thousands of dollars worth of cash and merchandise and causing thousands of dollars in damage.





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