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COVID closed Mesa County school kitchens. Students got them reopen.

As the recent Thanksgiving Day holiday approached, school district officials in Grand Junction were in a bind. COVID-19 outbreaks, other respiratory illnesses and staff shortages had all challenged the district since classes began in August. And now, the turkey was in jeopardy. Mesa County Valley School District 51 has had a long tradition of serving […]

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Prayer, conspiracies and fundraising: Supporters of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters hold another rally following FBI search

GRAND JUNCTION — What was billed as an event to show support for election-fraud-promoting Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and her political cohort Sherronna Bishop, morphed into a combination religious revival and campaign rally – all organized by the Truth & Liberty Coalition, a Front Range group that promotes erasing the separation of church and […]

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The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

An imaginary south wind has bent an iron-work tree over a curved metal chair and riffled the pages of a sheet-metal book titled, “And You Also.” That was a signature comment of Warren Barnes, a gentle, homeless 69-year-old who was a downtown fixture known as “the reading man” because he so often sat along this […]

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Mesa County needed to restore trust after an election system breach. Here comes Wayne Williams, in his boots.

GRAND JUNCTION — A kitschy red, white and blue wooden plaque reading “Of the people, By the people, For the people” hangs over a bank of Dominion Voting screens and scanners in a room tucked inside the warren of elections divisions offices at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s building. Two cameras point at former […]

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Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

GRAND JUNCTION — For Paul Pitton, the turning point came the night a mob of irate parents disrupted a Mesa Valley School District 51 board meeting and sent Pitton and his colleagues fleeing through a back door, under police escort.   The 42-year veteran educator later resigned from the school board, rattled by the latest […]

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Tempers flare at Mesa County protest as judge prepares to decide Tina Peters’ role in upcoming election

GRAND JUNCTION — A scrum of pushing and shoving demonstrators led to an injury Monday morning as embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Sherronna Bishop, one of her top supporters, took to the steps of the Mesa County courthouse to criticize those who are refusing to back their claims of election fraud. In a […]

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Changes to logging planned near Grand Mesa Nordic ski trails could cut conflict. But will the sawmill agree?

Nordic skiers and forest managers took steps Friday toward lessening the impacts of a logging operation on a popular winter recreation area on the top of the Grand Mesa. Officials with the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest sat down with representatives from the Grand Mesa Nordic Council for two hours and came away […]

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A recent timber sale is about to send 250 giant logging trucks through a pristine Grand Mesa Nordic skiing area

High atop the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado, where elevation and a rippling topography come together to create some of the state’s prime early-season cross-country ski terrain, logging is about to collide with recreation. A planned timber sale near the Grand Mesa Nordic Council’s Skyway trail system will allow logging trucks to rumble over a […]

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Supporters converge in Mesa County to back up clerk Tina Peters, who is in hiding after voting system breach

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled — and invisible — Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters sent a message to 250 or so supporters gathered in a parking lot outside the Mesa County Elections office Saturday afternoon: “I love you, and I will always serve you.” In response, individuals in the crowd waved their flags harder, hoisted their […]