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Election of mayor leaves void to fill on Fruita council

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The election of Lori Buck as Fruita mayor has created a vacancy on the Fruita City Council, one council members expect to fill next month. The council agreed Tuesday night to accept applications for the position and conduct interviews May 9. ...


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Jury asks questions, returns no verdict in trooper’s trial

By Paul Shockley

Jurors in the trial of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer deliberated Wednesday from 8 a.m. until about 7 p.m. without reaching a verdict. They’re expected back at the Mesa County Justice Center this ...


Outdoors Heritage Day coming April 28 in Palisade

By Special to the Sentinel

Kids and their parents are invited to attend the fifth annual Outdoor Heritage Day celebration 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The day-long celebration introduces families to the various outdoor opportunities Colorado ...


Threat against Grand Junction judge alleged

By Amy Hamilton

A Grand Junction man was arrested Monday on suspicion he told authorities he had assault rifles and directions from God to kill a Mesa County District Court judge. Justin Andrew Michael Townsel, 24, 1705 N. 21st St., faces a felony charge of ...


Toddler’s death ruled homicide

By Staff

An autopsy revealed the recent death of a Grand Junction toddler was a homicide. Owen Daniel Reak, 19 months, died April 11 in Montrose County, and the Montrose County Coroner’s Office ruled Tuesday the preliminary cause of death was ...


Pact lets Gunnison handle oil, gas inspections

By Dennis Webb

A state agency this week signed off on a landmark agreement that will allow Gunnison County to conduct its own inspections of oil and gas operations. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission unanimously approved the agreement, which ...


D51 advised to charge for busing, cut admin

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Cuts to administration, new busing fees and higher fees for sports and activities were among the budget-trimming suggestions two community groups presented to the District 51 School Board Tuesday night. The District 51-chartered Budget ...


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Holocaust rescuers remembered

By Rachel Sauer

On a wall in the Hall of Remembrance in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, words from the Old Testament: “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your ...


Judge: Tea party held to standards of political campaigns

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A southern Colorado tea party group is providing a lesson to similar organizations in what not to do when it comes to campaign finances. Don’t contribute money directly to candidates unless you create a political donor ...


Snow delays opening of Kebler Pass by 2 weeks

By Dave Buchanan

With new snow over the weekend delaying some much-needed repair work, Kebler Pass isn’t expected to be opened to the public for at least two more weeks. That’s the latest word from Marlene Crosby, director of the Gunnison County ...


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