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020211 Colorado Snowpack

State’s snowpack surplus slips after dry month

By Dennis Webb

A dry January erased much of the surplus snowpack built up earlier in the season around the state. The state’s snowpack decreased from 136 percent of average on Jan. 1 to 117 percent on Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...

Measure targeted regional transportation panels

By Charles Ashby

A bill that would have done away with the regional transportation planning panels around the state died in a House committee Wednesday. Rep. Glenn Vaad, R-Mead, had hoped to remake how the state plans road and bridge construction, but his ...

Parachute-area schools cancel classes; buses won’t start in cold

By Dennis Webb

Parachute and Battlement Mesa schools were closed Wednesday because temperatures were so cold the buses wouldn’t start in the morning. Ken Haptonstall, superintendent of Garfield County School District 16, said classes also are canceled ...

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Eateries working to address violations

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Gil San Nicolas has been the head chef and kitchen manager at the Palisade Cafe; and Grill for a mere four months, but that doesn’t mean he’s new to the restaurant business. San Nicolas helped open a Denny’s in Montrose and ...

Homeless — Inside and Out

By Amy Hamilton

Daily Sentinel reporter Amy Hamilton wondered what it’s like to be homeless. She decided to spend a night in a homeless shelter and meet people who are homeless, then followed some of them around for the next three days. Here is the ...

State to probe use of diesel fuel in fracking

By Dennis Webb

Colorado oil and gas regulators have opened an investigation into the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing of wells after concerns raised by three members of Congress earlier this week. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, joined fellow ...

District 51 weighs calendar options

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District 51 school board members will decide Feb. 15 whether next year’s calendar will include four-day school weeks, a year-round system, or look much like this year. Board members listened to information about numerous 2011–12 ...

Man conquers 1st part of cancer journey and now needs help with second phase

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After a year of radiation treatment, chemotherapy and surgery, Larry Creasman, 61, got the word recently that he is cancer-free. Creasman, however, is not bill-free. He and his wife, Barbara, along with several friends, hope to raise $30,000 ...

Mesa County ‘cautiously optimistic’  on recovery

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Encouraged by a recent spurt in sales-tax revenue after months of declines, Mesa County leaders said Tuesday they are “cautiously optimistic” about the local economy beginning to rebound in 2011. But the prospect of a significant ...

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27 restaurants awarded Blue Ribbons

By Amy Hamilton

A day after receiving the award, Lynda Hartman, co-owner of Fraps & Wraps, 150 W. Main St., Unit C, neatly tucked her Blue Ribbon into a frame. That’s because it is more than just a piece of paper. The distinction, awarded annually ...

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