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Bill would eliminate CBI check on gun buys

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—The Colorado Bureau of Investigations would no longer perform background checks on gun purchases under a bill that passed the Colorado House on Wednesday. Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, said House Bill 1048, which he ...

Policy limits fracking output

By Matthew Berger

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited new regulations for oil and gas operations Wednesday. The rules are its first to regulate air pollution from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and are expected to impact wells and ...

Man who shot self gets ticket

By Paul Shockley

A man who allegedly was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana faces criminal charges after accidentally shooting himself in the hand with his handgun, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Frankie M. Sanchez, 27, was issued a ...

Teachers ask board to reconsider 4-day week

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Brad Thomas has two side jobs and is looking for a third on top of his primary career as a Central High School teacher. Like all employees in the district, Thomas has lost five days of pay over the last three years and taken on additional ...

School health clinic saving district money

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Nine-hundred people have signed up to participate in a new School District 51 employee health clinic that already is saving the district money. The clinic, which is a program, not a building, started March 1. The school district has a ...

Timber measure seen as irrelevant dies in committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have done nothing. The measure, introduced by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, started out as a centerpiece to the House Republicans’ jobs agenda. Pushed by House ...

Talks continue on monument-to-park upgrade

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Upgrading Colorado National Monument to a national park makes economic sense, one person who attended a session on the proposal said Wednesday night. “It would be a great economic boost to our entire region,” Brad Taylor, a ...

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. ...


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 ...

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