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No. 9 story of 2011: Valley Investments owner guilty of fraud

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Barely two years after his business collapsed in May 2009, Valley Investments owner Philip Rand Lochmiller walked into federal court in Denver to stand trial on 31 conspiracy and fraud-related criminal charges. Sixteen days later, a jury ...


No. 10 story of 2011: Grand Junction man’s alleged crime spree

By Charles Ashby

As the year progressed, the arrests and charges mounted for Grand Junction man Dartanin Mitchell, whose growing list of alleged misdeeds is No. 10 on The Daily Sentinel’s list of the top stories of 2011. Mitchell, 33, was out on bond in ...


Top stories of 2011: just missed

By Staff

These stories didn’t make our Top 10 for 2011, but they were close: —The local economy showed little sign of recovery, evidenced by such indicators as high unemployment in Mesa County, lack of new construction; continued decline ...


Glenwood Kmart store on the list for closure

By Paul Shockley

Kmart in Glenwood Springs will be shuttered as part of an initial wave of 79 store closures nationwide, Sears Holdings Corp. announced Thursday. The company said more closures are coming. Aside from Glenwood Springs’ Kmart, which is at ...


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Snow base at Powderhorn beats most other major Colo. ski resorts

By Amy Hamilton

A dry December likely has most major ski resorts in Colorado offering a prayer or two to Norse snow god Ullr to deliver some of the white fluff their way. While many of the state’s central mountain resorts are making snow and scraping ...


122811 DOG RESCUE WEST LAKE

Rescuer helps Lab to shore

By Amy Hamilton

Tor Larson couldn’t wait to get home to warm up and tend to his cut up, bloodied arms. His 3-year-old yellow Lab, Lomis, however, acted as if nothing had happened minutes after he was rescued after falling through the ice Wednesday ...


Candidate financial filing requirements increased to every two weeks

By Charles Ashby

Candidates in the 2012 primary elections will have to begin filing campaign-finance reports every two weeks starting next month, under new rules adopted by Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Gessler said the new rules were needed to address a ...


Resort asks for tubers’ help in naming hill

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort is going for the tubes. Not down the tubes. For them. The resort is working to open a tubing hill this winter and is preparing to ask skiers to name the new attraction, said Tricia Tittle, sales and communications ...


122811 WEB Hot Spring New Years

Warm soak, cool New Year’s party at Glenwood pool

By Dennis Webb

Communities welcome the new year in all kinds of ways. The festivities might involve fireworks, a giant ball dropping, or a succession of music acts playing. But it’s safe to say there are few places in the world where a New ...


Pot backers could get question on 2012 ballot

By Charles Ashby

A group pushing for a citizens initiative to legalize small quantities of marijuana will submit more than 155,000 signatures next week to put the amendment on next year’s ballot. Mason Tvert, a proponent of the measure and head of the ...


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