Skip to contents

Mesa County

Mesa County
Mesa County

Drought forces Grand Junction to dip into Colorado River for drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years

Ute Water's 90,000 Western Slope customers will have river water added to flows from Grand Mesa as a hedge against heat and drought drying up reservoirs

Water

The Delta coronavirus variant is exploding across Colorado. That’s bad news for unvaccinated people.

The state’s top epidemiologist says the variant, also known as B.1.617.2, is the most transmissible one Colorado has seen to date

Coronavirus

Cases of coronavirus variant from India nearly tripled in less than a week in Mesa County

The county is the only one in the state with reported cases of the variant from India.

Coronavirus

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

With homelessness more visible than ever, Colorado cities don’t have to count outdoor residents

While Denver and Colorado Springs opted out of the annual homeless count during coronavirus, Grand Junction and Glenwood volunteers fanned out to rural camps

Housing

Lauren Boebert vowed to shake things up in Congress. She has delivered in her first week.

The high school dropout with a history of minor run-ins with the law used her first tumultuous week in office to cement her far-right and extremist credentials while also setting off a widespread roar of criticism

Politics and Government

“5-star” exemption program pioneered in Mesa County opens to other Colorado counties under red-level restrictions

Data from Mesa County’s pilot will determine if variances can be extended elsewhere. It will take a decline in hospitalizations and positivity rates.

Coronavirus

Defiant Colorado restaurants could lose licenses, Gov. Polis says

Numerous Larimer County businesses, including restaurants and breweries, said they will not further restrict the capacity of their operations as the county shifts to Level Red on the state's coronavirus dial.

Business

Mesa County goes from being a coronavirus success story to a cautionary tale

It took Mesa County the first four months of the pandemic to record its first 100 cases. It's had thousands more in the past few weeks.

Coronavirus

Testing alone won’t be enough to stem Colorado’s surge of coronavirus cases

Health officials warn that the tried and true advice of tests -- plus “austere behavior” -- offers the best chance to control the virus

Coronavirus

More Coloradans than ever voted this year, and the state’s turnout ranks in the top 5 nationwide

Members of both major parties and unaffiliated voters all cast ballots at record-high rates, but Democratic counties led the way

Election 2020

3 numbers that explain Republican Lauren Boebert’s victory in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Diane Mitsch Bush’s loss can be explained, most easily, by the Democrat’s failure to secure a big victory in Pueblo County

Politics and Government

Colorado voters take on coronavirus, power outages to contribute to record turnout

But early voting meant that for many counties, the day was relatively calm

Election 2020

Colorado colleges want to offer more in-person classes this spring. Here’s what they learned from a tough fall.

Some schools have been more successful than others in adapting to the coronavirus pandemic

Education

Colorado vote tracker: Here’s a look at turnout in the 2020 election

A statewide analysis and breakdown of the top 11 counties shows Democrats hold the vote edge in Colorado

Election 2020

They’ve been called soccer moms, rage moms and Zoom moms. Why the Colorado suburban-women vote is so important.

Republican women are talking about the economy and law and order, while Democrats are concerned about respect, and women’s rights

Politics and Government

Colorado teens pregnant during coronavirus face increased isolation and difficult decisions

Still children themselves, teenagers have needs that differ from older parents, and the pandemic has made their pregnancies even more challenging.

Health

“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

The work of three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners and mountain bikers yields not just Colorado’s most anticipated trail, but a model for how communities can bring big ideas to fruition.

Outdoors

Forgotten ballots. Allegations of errors. Missed deadlines: The recall of Mesa County’s clerk is a political potboiler

First-term Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is trying to fend off an effort to remove her from office

Politics and Government

An army of volunteers is using Facetime, Zoom to protect Colorado foster kids during coronavirus

Calls to the child abuse hotline are down during the pandemic and fewer eyes are on kids. One advocate tried to determine via video conference whether a little girl’s bruises were from falling off her bike.

News
1 of 2