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Court’s water ruling could have effect on West Slope

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A Colorado Supreme Court ruling limiting the amount of agricultural water that could be diverted to a growing suburb could have implications for the Western Slope. “It underscores the proposed cooperative agreement” among several ...

Mesa State to get $3.7M from state for financial aid

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Mesa State College will receive the only raise in state financial aid next year among Colorado’s public, four-year institutions. The college’s award of $3.7 million in state-provided financial aid for 2011–12 will be ...

Mesa County Fairgrounds to lift equine restrictions

By Staff

Mesa County Fairgrounds officials announced Friday the temporary ban on horses at the fairgrounds will be lifted as of Wednesday. Two horse events planned for next weekend, team roping and barrel racing, are expected to take place as ...

Grand Junction zoning issues the primary topic at council retreat

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction’s vision of its riverfront areas and the types of business uses that are allowed there according to city zoning codes are, at times, in direct contrast. How best to make the zoning of existing businesses fit into the ...


Woman who ran meth ring gets 14 years

By Paul Shockley

When she was arrested last year, Michelle Ortiz-Ramirez seemed “relieved,” a prosecutor said Friday. “I think she’d realized she was way in over her head by that point,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan ...

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Affordable housing a win-win in Palisade

By Amy Hamilton

Brian Montgomery of Palisade feels he lives in one of the prettiest parts of the Grand Valley. He has brilliant views of Grand Mesa and Mount Garfield, while sprawling Riverbend Park is a short walk away. In December, Montgomery moved into ...

CSAP troubles revealed

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Despite staff training, pages of guidelines in a thick procedures manual and growing familiarity with the exam, Colorado Student Assessment Program testing doesn’t always go smoothly. Ninety-eight CSAP tests have been invalidated during ...

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Gessler puts spotlight on illegal voting

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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said he has turned his attention to illegal voting and intends to keep spotlighting the issue. “We have moved the needle on this debate” in the state, Gessler told about 60 people at a ...

Secretary of state dodges I-70 driver in wrong lane

By Paul Shockley

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s road trip Thursday to Grand Junction was nearly derailed by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 70. Gessler, who arrived in Grand Junction at 2:20 p.m., told The Daily Sentinel he was driving ...

Two adults, infant stranded on rock in Dolores River

By Paul Shockley

A pair of adults and an infant were rescued Thursday from a rock on the Dolores River after being stranded there nearly four hours. Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the trio, rafters who become ...

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