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Family schedules service for Birgfeld

By Melinda Mawdsley

As the family of Paige Birgfeld waits for answers as to why the 34-year-old mother of three was slain, the family is ready to let those who cared about her say goodbye. A service for Birgfeld is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 28 in the Grand ...

This Week in the Legislature, April 16, 2012

By Staff

Lawmakers in the Colorado House completed debate on the budget last week. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. ■ Today: The House Education Committee will hear a bill for changing the name of Western State College in Gunnison to ...

Death Notices, April 16, 2012

By Staff

■ Evelyn Mae Dwyer, 88, Grand Junction, died April 13, 2012, at Mesa Manor Care Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. July 2 at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Survivors include two sons, Frederick of Albuquerque, N.M., ...

Use of force, Tasers drops to 5-year low

By Paul Shockley

While crime increased last year in Grand Junction, instances of reported use of force by Grand Junction Police Department officers hit a five-year low, according to a Police Department report. There were 40 reported officer-involved incidents ...


County exodus heats up with ongoing pay freeze

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Coming off a year in which Mesa County recorded the most employee turnover in at least a decade, county employees’ exodus is continuing in the first part of 2012, an indication that an ongoing pay freeze is taking a toll. Four Mesa ...

Captive audience for trial of trooper

By Paul Shockley

From his wooden courtroom bench at the Mesa County Justice Center, 61-year-old Larry Bullard hears urgency as he listens to legal arguments about “every policeman’s worst nightmare.” “I could be sitting where Gene ...


Mobile journalist cruises Junction, posting news online as it happens

By Amy Hamilton

It’s a bustling lunch hour on the Colorado Mesa University campus when Daily Sentinel reporter Richie Ann Ashcraft swoops into the cafeteria. She walks briskly, scanning the crowds of students and faculty gathered around tables, chatting ...

Open house on Highway 6 improvements is Monday

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The town of Palisade will host an open house Monday seeking public feedback on a plan to improve and redevelop U.S. Highway 6 between Palisade High School and the Colorado River. The meeting marks the beginning of the town Planning ...


Palisade festival celebrates contributions of bees

By Amy Hamilton

People couldn’t help but swarm around a display of live, wiggly bees Saturday at Palisade’s International Honeybee Festival. The bees, working on a honeycomb encased in clear plastic, had the added benefit of drawing interested ...


District 51 administration targeted for cuts

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Less than 10 percent of District 51 administration employees outside of schools fit the mold of what people usually imagine when they think of administration: a person managing other people, coordinating programs, and often filling out ...

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