Latest Grand Junction News

Power utility plans solar projects in Colorado, New Mexico

Jan. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has started contracting for new solar power projects in western Colorado as it works to end operations at a coal-fired power plant and coal mine. The utility will end its coal-fired power generation statewide to transition about...

Colorado man arrested with Uber driver's car in New Mexico

Jan. 13, 2020 10:53 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of trying to kidnap his Uber driver in Colorado is being held in New Mexico. Adam Salaz, 23, was arrested in Carlsbad over the weekend by local deputies, KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported Sunday. Salaz ordered an Uber near Grand Junction on Saturday, according to police....

Demonstrators protest land leaders at new Colorado location

Jan. 3, 2020 12:09 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado demonstrators have welcomed the new Bureau of Land Management headquarters in opposition of the acting department director as his appointment was extended. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order Thursday extending the appointment of...

Death of Colorado man held in girl's death ruled a suicide

Dec. 31, 2019 11:18 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The death of a Colorado jail inmate suspected of killing a 9-year-old girl with chloroform has been ruled a suicide. Authorities said Jeffrey Beagley, 34, of Grand Junction, died after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Mesa County jail on Dec. 23. Mesa County...

Grand Junction group stands by all who’ve lost a pet

Dec. 28, 2019 5:06 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — For just one night, every other month, social worker Stacy Schoolfield sets up a spartan room for people to come and share the heaviness in their hearts. It’s especially poignant during the holidays, a time to connect with those we love — and raise a glass to...

Dead jail inmate had been charged with killing 9-year-old

Dec. 25, 2019 2:14 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man who was found unresponsive in a Colorado jail cell earlier this week faced charges that he killed a 9-year-old girl with chloroform while trying to sexually assault her, Mesa County officials said. Jeffery Beagley, 34, of Grand Junction, was found unconscious in his cell...

Child dies of chloroform poisoning; Colorado man arrested

Dec. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say a western Colorado man exposed a 9-year-old girl to a lethal dose of chloroform, causing her death. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that, according to an arrest affidavit, 34-year-old Jeff Beagley called police Nov. 9 and said he found the child...

Colorado regulators approve tougher oil, gas air rules

Dec. 20, 2019 10:18 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado air-quality regulators have approved tougher statewide oil and gas regulations ending a disparity between areas in western Colorado. The state Air Quality Control Commission approved changes Thursday that would make regulations uniform statewide after hearing opinions...

Federal land agency to bring 40 jobs to Grand Junction

Dec. 17, 2019 1:41 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has confirmed plans to bring about 40 employees to staff its new national headquarters in Colorado, increasing from the 27 jobs initially announced. The Daily Sentinel reports that the acting department director William Perry Pendley suggested the...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, interior Secretary David Bernhardt listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Less than half of employees are projected to go along when the Trump administration moves headquarters for the bureau overseeing the country’s vast public lands from Washington, to Grand Junction, Colo. The administration defends the shift West. Former bureau officials predict a brain drain that will weaken protections for hundreds of millions of acres. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Opponents warn of staff exodus as US breaks up lands bureau

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country's public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt...