Briefs, April 15, 2017

Monument entrance fees are waived

In celebration of National Park Week, the entrance fees at Colorado National Monument will be waived today and Sunday and April 22 and 23.

The free entrance does not include campground fees. Saddlehorn Campground costs $20 per night.

Spring hours are now in effect at Colorado National Monument. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Visit or call 858-3617, ext. 360, for information.

Two Sentinel reporters win awards


Two reporters from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel won journalism awards through the 2016 Society of Professional Journalism Top of the Rockies contest.

Reporters Erin McIntyre and Gabrielle Porter won a third-place award for a breaking news story titled “Three Shot in Molina Attack.”

McIntyre and Porter also won two awards for their reporting on the deaths of several children who were in the care of the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

The series, “Failure to Protect,” won a third-place award for general reporting of a series and a first-place award in the public service category.

Contest submissions were gathered from new organizations in the Society of Professional Journalism’s Region 9, which includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.


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