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Sure drives a mean pinball: DUI suspected in wrecks

By Rachel Sauer

Stella got it first, and then Clementine. The Rizzo family cars — Stella is a Volvo station wagon; Clementine is an old-style Volkswagen Beetle — were two hapless victims when a Grand Junction man pin-balled into them with his ...


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Wildfires, lack of precipitation year’s biggest story

By Dennis Webb

At the very start of 2012, there was a heavy hint of what was to come. A drought that became the region’s biggest story of 2012 — and has yet to end — already was establishing itself. As of Jan. 1, Colorado’s snowpack ...


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Pot legalization passes in Colorado

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Colorado voters dragged the state into a new era in November when they voted to enshrine the right to possess and grow marijuana into the Colorado Constitution. Mesa County ran counter to Colorado trends, with 53 percent rejecting Amendment ...


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tax implications 
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A failure by Congress and President Barack Obama to reach agreement on tax rates could leave many Americans subject not so much to a fiscal cliff but to a tax spike with a double whammy. Congress failed this year to exact a so-called ...


Police on call: Best hits off scanner in 2012

By Paul Shockley

Editor’s note: On a daily basis, Daily Sentinel reporters pore over police reports and keep an ear on the police scanner to monitor law enforcement activity. Over the course of 2012, the newsroom took note of those reports and calls that ...


Wright overcomes internal affairs probe, wins HD54

By Charles Ashby

In the beginning, Republican delegates at the House District 54 assembly were so impressed with Jared Wright that nearly 85 percent of them chose him to be their candidate for the Colorado Legislature. Many of them had already decided not to ...


DNA frees wrongfully imprisoned Robert ‘Rider’ Dewey

By Paul Shockley

“There’s still a killer out there.” Those were Robert “Rider” Dewey’s words to the court on Oct. 16, 1996, shortly before then-Mesa County Chief District Judge Charles Buss sentenced Dewey to life in prison ...


Birgfeld’s remains found

By Amy Hamilton

Although searchers had combed the north Delta creek bed a number of times years before, it was in that same desolate location where two hikers in March stumbled upon the skeletal remains of missing Grand Junction woman Paige Birgfeld. ...


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Dolce Vita ends long run downtown

By Rachel Sauer

True to tradition, Susan Crippen didn’t know what Saturday’s dinner specials would be until around 4 p.m., when Dolce Vita chefs looked at the day’s fresh ingredients and got creative. It’s been that way for 18 years, ...


DUI flap ends state re-election bid

By Charles Ashby

The news that Rep. Laura Bradford used her position to get out of a DUI ticket in Denver in January went global. At the time, few people believed the Collbran Republican when she said it wasn’t true. Bradford’s troubles started ...


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