Grand Junction

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Videos: Mark Shook, Rotorcraft Expert, Among Victims of Tragic Crash Into Colorado River

    Mark Shook was among the most expert pilots of rotorcraft -- a helicopter-like vehicle sometimes called a gyroplane -- in the Rocky Mountain region. He was president of the Colorado Rotorcraft Association and had been flying for many years. So it was a shock to the entire rotorcraft community when h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The pros and cons of using the a$$hole lane

    I have a confession to make: I use the asshole lane. What's that? Well, when a sign announces that, for example, the left lane ends in 1,000 feet, drivers are supposed to immediately move right. But especially when traffic is backed up, I stay in the other lane until just about the point when it dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Photos: Motel blaze joins our list of top six recent hash-oil explosions

    Update: Last week, we highlighted five recent explosions, allegedly caused by people whose attempts to make butane hash oil went up in smoke; see our previous coverage below. Apparently, two people at a Grand Junction motel didn't heed our warnings, because their hash-oil-making efforts ended in fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Weiner dogs!: The top five animals you can still race in Colorado

    Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that officially bans greyhound racing in Colorado. At one time, greyhound racing was a $250 million enterprise here, as fans thrilled to the cry of "Here comes Rusty!" as the dogs took off after a fake bunny. But the sport hasn't actually been practice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    The 10 best punk and DIY shows in Denver this March

    Sat | Propagandhi at Summit Music Hall | 3/8/14 In an era where many punk bands form and release their first album less than a year after starting, Propagandhi's development seems remarkably long. Formed in 1986, playing its first live shows in 1989, the band released its early demos a years after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Photos: Five nice/nasty definitions of Colorado cities on Urban Dictionary

    Urban Dictionary doesn't just offer definitions of terms like "penalty shotgun" and "MERL" -- both featured in our post dedicated to UD phrases inspired by CU-Boulder. It's also a place where site visitors define plenty of other things, including Colorado cities -- sometimes positively, but often in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Exotic dancers sue strip club for worker exploitation

    Four exotic dancers are suing a Grand Junction strip club, claiming the venue and its owner, Kevin Eardley, are breaking labor laws via a payment structure that includes exorbitant fines for a whole range of actions -- such as ponying up $50 plus increased stage fees if a customer touches a dancer's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    A second all-female collaboration brew is set for Kannah Creek in Grand Junction

    Colorado's first all-female collaboration brew went so well that an expanded group of women has decided to do a second one -- this time on the Western Slope. Nine women from nine different breweries around the state will convene at Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction on April 21 to cook up a che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Vance Johnson closes Epicurious in Grand Junction

    The restaurant business has not been too friendly to Vance Johnson, one of the legendary Three Amigos who helped get the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in 1989. (The other two Amigos were Ricky Nattiel and Mark Jackson.) After some rocky years, Johnson moved to the Western Slope, where in 2007 he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Photo: Marijuana billboard welcomes Barack Obama to Colorado

    In Grand Junction circa mid July, advocates for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, launched an electronic billboard message featuring televangelist Pat Robertson, who'd spoken positively about the measure. Robertson subsequently asked that the message be removed, so it's now been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Marijuana billboard for Amendment 64 touts Pat Robertson endorsement

    The proponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, have turned plenty of heads via billboards near Mile High Stadium, with the first featuring a soccer-mom-type woman revealing her preference for cannabis and the second spotlighting a father saying, "Please card my son" -- the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Vance Johnson moves from Three Amigos to two restaurants

    Vance Johnson, one of the Three Amigos on the Denver Broncos in the late '80s, is about to open his second restaurant on the Western Slope. He already has VJ's Outlaw Ribs in Parachute, the town where he now lives. And soon he'll open Vance's Epicurious in Grand Junction. Vance's Epicurious will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fourth of July events kick off across Colorado this weekend

    Although the Fourth of July will be short of official fireworks shows -- and private use of fireworks has been completely banned in Colorado -- there will be ample opportunities to celebrate the country's birthday across the state over the next few days. Here are just some of the events slated fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Marijuana advocates prepare to fight THC driving bill

    Steve King.​Senator Steve King's proposed THC driving bill, which would set an intoxication standard of five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood for medical marijuana patients and a zero-tolerance level for non-patients, is up for discussion on Monday. And opponents are gearing up for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Medical marijuana ban defeated in Palisade in part due to low-key approach, center owner says

    Desa Loughman.​This week, Fort Collins voters approved a medical marijuana retail ban. However, electorates in several other communities rejected similar measures, including Steamboat Springs and, most surprisingly, Palisade, a Western Slope burg surrounded by municipalities that have prohibit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Air Force flyovers: Special Ops to buzz southwest Colorado?

    ​Last month, under pressure from Representative Scott Tipton and ranchers in the Pinon Canyon area, Air Force officials backed off a plan to conduct intensive low-altitude training flights over southeast Colorado. But the recently unveiled boundaries for the low, low flights probably won't cau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Aaron Million: Flaming Gorge foes send a big message about costly pipe dream

    ​Last week, we reported on the mounting criticism of Aaron Million's proposed 550-mile pipeline to deliver water to the Front Range. The opponents' campaign is just beginning, though -- as new billboards take that message to the public and to water officials considering the Flaming Gorge pipel ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Medical marijuana bans don't spell doom for pot legalization in 2012, says Mason Tvert

    Mason Tvert.​This week, Grand Junction and Castle Rock banned retail sales of medical marijuana, joining Loveland and many other Colorado municipalities that have enacted similar prohibitions. Do these votes suggest that a proposed 2012 ballot measure to legalize pot for adult recreational us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Lefthand Canyon fire's 622 acres are 80 percent contained, human-caused (VIDEOS)

    Videos below.​Given how wet our Marches tend to be, we don't expect conditions dry enough to create fire danger -- but there's concern aplenty in Lefthand Canyon, where a blaze has consumed approximately 622 acres and caused evacuations of 223 homes. At this point, with the flames 80 percent c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Four-year-old boy shoots two-year-old sister

    Flickr​In August, after Lakewood's James Chavez was arrested for leaving a loaded gun in his kindergartner's backpack, a police spokesman called the situation a "tragedy waiting to happen." He'd probably describe the situation in the western Colorado community of Dinosaur in much the same way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Tonight: Naughty nurses and doctors, and wine

    A Flickr photo.Get served by a naughty nurse tonight.​Sex sells, and tonight at Campagna Salumi Bar and Pizzeria, 1126 East Sixth Avenue, it'll be selling for a good cause. Head to Campagna starting at 10 p.m. for Naughty Nurses & Doctors: Guest Bartending for Charity. Craig Seidel and Andre ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Carmelo Anthony in Denver Blogs: How do you like him now, LeBron?

    Ballin'. Shot-callin'.​Three Denver blogs, handpicked for you. Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein calls the Nuggets' overtime victory over the Cavs in Cleveland, with Melo hitting the winning shot with only seconds on the clock, an "instant classic." Bet it made George Karl feel better, too. Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Candy tax proposal: "If they really want to tighten up America, make them cut out the Big Macs"

    These babies could cost you more before long.​Governor Bill Ritter's proposal to place a sales tax on candy and soda is far from sweet according to Rick Enstrom, an owner of Grand Junction-based Enstrom's, one of the state's most venerable candy companies. Enstrom is scheduled to testify abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    CU Obama basher Zach Lahn gets shut down on MSNBC

    Zach Lahn on MSNBC.​Since asking the most confrontational question at President Barack Obama's healthcare town hall in Grand Junction on Saturday, ultra-conservative CU student Zach Lahn has extended his face time by going on a tour of cable-news talking-head broadcasts. Predictably, Fox News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Bill Ritter carries Barack Obama's water on Meet the Press

    Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy In the wake of President Barack Obama's town hall in Grand Junction on Saturday, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter got some spotlight time on the next day's edition of Meet the Press, claiming that Obama's mediocre poll numbers r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Milking It: Cinnamon Chex

    ​​​Cinnamon Chex General Mills Rating: Three-and-a-quarter spoons out of four Cereal description: The familiar Chex shape -- puffy, square grids, like graph paper made for chewing -- is present and accounted for, as are the base ingredients of rice and corn flour. Some of the piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Shmuck of the Week: Josh Penry

    ​This week's shmuck is state Senate minority leader Josh Penry of Grand Junction. He's also gunning for Bill Ritter's Governor job, and the short version of the past few weeks' convoluted saga of schmuckitude is that Penry cares a lot more about his political future than his constituents. (Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Is meth fueling artifact thefts?

    Meth addict, artifact thief -- or both? On June 10, Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado senator) Ken Salazar announced the indictment and arrest of 24 individuals suspected of trafficking in illegally obtained artifacts in the Four Corners area. But who found these items in the first pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Gilbert Sam Roberts, 1935-2009

    Palisade, Colorado, resident Gilbert Sam Roberts, age 73 -- my father -- died at 3:30 p.m. yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Those are the facts. But like any straight-forward recitation of basic data, they tell only a sliver of the story -- and in this forum, I won't be able to ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Don't try to step in front of Sarah Palin's motorcade -- because it's not gonna stop!

    On Monday, when Sarah Palin arrived for a speech in Grand Junction, protesters tried to stop her motorcade as it rolled down North Avenue, the town's main drag -- and they got to eat some asphalt for their trouble. Witness the mayhem below.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Economic downturn hits Idaho Springs

    A sign of the times. Just a week after visiting The Outlets at Castle Rock and being distressed by the sky-high vacancy rate there, I discovered a similar situation in Idaho Springs, a community I've enjoyed visiting for years. On September 6, Miner Street, the heart of the old downtown, was hardl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Terrifying Church Sign of the Day

    "Globalization: God Said It First." This sermon preview (seen at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Grand Junction on August 2) tells us that Our Heavenly Father wanted all of us to hew to a single worldwide faith -- check that...a single Christian worldwide faith. So I guess that means we should go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008
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    March 10, 2008

    The Rocky Piles Up Borrowed Content

    An item in the November 22, 2007 Message talks about an arrangement between the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Springs Gazette to share reportage -- an arrangement that has led to bylines from one paper regularly appearing in the other. This deal isn't an exclusive one, though, and in recent m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    Things to Do in Denver When You're Not Dead

    Now it looks like Colorado's latest celebrity arrived in this state by accident. . According to his attorney, fugitive financier Norman Hsu was "sick and confused" and may have mistakenly gotten out of an Amtrak train heading to Denver rather than the Bay Area Rapid Transit train that would have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2007
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    December 18, 2006
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    September 18, 2006

    More Messages: Red Scare

    Last year, it seemed as if Dalton Trumbo, arguably the most famous-ever resident of Grand Junction, had finally been embraced by his hometown. Now, however, the town's daily newspaper seems to be balking, and for the quaintest of reasons: Trumbo was a pinko. No denying that. As noted in this Messag ... More >>

  • Goods & Services

    March 24, 2005
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    September 9, 2004

    The Message

    Lesson Learned

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    Simple Folk

    Bad Weather California whittles indie pop down to the basics.

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    Bringing It All Back Home

    Take a peek inside the nation's unlikeliest Bob Dylan archive.

  • Summer Guide

    June 14, 2001

    A Peach of a Good Time

    Palisade Peach Fest

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of February 1, 2001

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Born to Believe

    Church members had faith that God would heal their children. But often faith wasn't enough.

  • Calendar

    December 2, 1999

    Tunnel of Love

    Lower Downtown Holiday Experience

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    February 26, 1998
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    December 28, 1994



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