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Decision is fodder for bruising election year

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Democrats praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the federal health care reform law, while Republicans condemned it. But lawmakers and political candidates on both sides of the political aisle agreed that ...

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50 evacuations near De Beque as blaze grows

By Paul Shockley

Update 10:30 a.m. Fire officials will hold a media briefing on the Pine Ridge Fire today at 4:30 p.m. in DeBeque. Go to the pull-out north of the Kum and Go on the east side of the 45 Road near the “Welcome to DeBeque” sign. (45 ...

Video of Pine Ridge Fire plume

By Special to the Sentinel

This video clip of the Pine Ridge Fire smoke plume was shot along I-70 Wednesday evening and is provided courtesy of Jorge Lopez.   To submit your photos or videos of the fire, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email ...


Fireworks canceled for Fruita

By Paul Shockley

The city of Fruita on Wednesday became the latest western Colorado community to pull the plug on holiday fireworks displays in the face of extreme wildfire danger. This, as two smaller shows in Mesa County were denied exemptions to a ...


Water limits a rude surprise

By Amy Hamilton

A number of Orchard Mesa water users were surprised over the weekend to find dry lines to irrigate their farms, lawns and gardens. The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, which provides water to nearly 10,000 customers in Mesa County’s ...

Next legal steps in Roan leasing are still uncertain

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management still is considering how it will respond to a judge’s ruling setting aside its plan that led to leasing 55,000 acres on and around the Roan Plateau for oil and gas development. That response could include a ...


Retiring execs at Family Health West are honored

By Melinda Mawdsley

After more than a combined 85 years of service to Family Health West, the Sniders and Ficklins, two families synonymous with the hospital’s growth and success in the past two decades, will retire together this week. The joint party for ...

Mesa County personnel aid Waldo Canyon Fire effort

By Melinda Mawdsley

Three local residents have been deployed to Colorado Springs to help aid in the response to the growing Waldo Canyon Fire. Two 911 dispatchers and a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department are part of the Grand Junction ...

Irvine wins GOP primary nod for state House

By Charles Ashby

It was in the early morning hours Wednesday when Debra Irvine heard the news that she won Tuesday’s primary race. The Breckenridge resident had been vying for the right to be the Republican candidate to take on the Democratic incumbent, ...

Mesa County going paperless with development applications in July

By Staff

Mesa County residents hoping to submit a development application this summer can say goodbye to stacks of paper and hello to a new streamlined, online system thanks to the Mesa County Planning Division. The Planning Division is launching a ...

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