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GJ council elects Pitts to be mayor

By Amy Hamilton

It’s not just Bill Pitts anymore, it’s mayor Bill Pitts. At least for the next year. Grand Junction City Council members nominated and appointed Pitts as the mayor and council member Laura Luke as mayor pro tem. Pitts, who ...

Craig Meis

No more fracking rules, Meis tells panel

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The federal government should not supplant the states in regulating hydraulic fracturing, Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis told a congressional field hearing Wednesday. A “one-size-fits-all approach of the federal government is a ...

Glenwood festival arrestee gets prison time

By Dennis Webb

A man arrested in June as part of a controversial law enforcement action during Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Days festival has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. David Adrian Ramirez-Centeno will be deported after ...

BLM puts off North Fork oil, gas leasing

By Dennis Webb

Months of community activism in the North Fork Valley achieved at least a short-term victory Wednesday when the Bureau of Land Management said it is putting off plans to offer 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley for oil and gas leasing. The ...

Methane-capture bill hung up in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Western Slope lawmakers are struggling to get the Colorado Senate to act on a bill designed to bring jobs to the coal-mine industry and clean the atmosphere at the same time. For unknown reasons, Senate leadership has ...


Troubled teens get their own shelter

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Fundraising efforts to build a shelter for homeless teens had been thwarted many times in the past few years, but dedicated board members relied on faith and hope to leap the obstacles in their way. “This place is really a ...

Roadless rule for Colorado released

By Matthew Berger

The final version of a long-awaited rule governing roadless areas in Colorado’s national forest lands was released Wednesday. When finalized a month from now, the rule will exempt Colorado from the federal roadless rule released in 2001 ...


Aspinall project to save energy, history

By Matthew Berger

If Grand Junction seems an unlikely home for the nation’s first historic building that produces as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis, consider these quick facts about the local environment: a high number of sunny days, low ...

Driving-while-high measure passes Senate, now faces House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A measure to establish a limit on being too high to drive cleared the Colorado Senate on Wednesday, but not by much. For a brief moment when the 35-member Senate voted on the measure, Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, feared ...

Kathy Jordan

Sentinel’s ‘mother hen’ dies at 64

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Kathy Jordan, for decades The Daily Sentinel’s newsroom secretary/empress and most recently its columnist for local history, and a preserver of it as well, died Tuesday. She was 64. Jordan died at Swedish Hospital in Denver after ...

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