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1Q home sales increase; profits decline

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More houses were sold at the beginning of 2011 than at the end of 2010, but the sellers collected less money overall, a report says. Sales jumped by 11.5 percent from the final quarter of last year, from 559 to 623, but the sales in 2010 drew ...


Stricter pit standards may be expanded

By Dennis Webb

State regulators are considering a major expansion of the area covered under a policy designed to reduce the chances of spills from oil and gas pits northwest of Parachute. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is proposing ...


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Mesa County unemployment rate declines for second straight month

By Amy Hamilton

For the second month in a row, Mesa County’s jobless rate in April took a much-needed downward dip. The seasonally adjusted rate for the month came in at 10 percent, an improvement over March’s 10.7 percent unemployment rate. The ...


More school layoffs likely in District 51

By Charles Ashby

School District 51 is expected to announce another round of budget cuts early next week that could involve layoffs. Though information was sketchy Friday, numerous sources told The Daily Sentinel that district officials were informing ...


Senators want to speed up shale development

By Dennis Webb

More Republican lawmakers from the West’s oil shale country are pushing legislation to fast-track the resource’s development, in contrast to the Obama administration’s efforts to take things slower. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso ...


Panel to explore possible upgrade of monument to park

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Sixteen people from the Grand Valley will serve on a committee to explore upgrading Colorado National Monument to a national park. The group, which includes the mayors of the three Grand Valley municipalities, a Mesa County commissioner and ...


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Gateway graduates a power trio

By Daniel Humphries

It’s not every year that a school’s graduating class triples from the previous year. Then again, it’s not every year the graduating class has been together in the same building since kindergarten. Such was the case Thursday ...


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Man who snatched up Mesa sites adds content

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Justin Kolenc wasted little time turning ColoradoMesaUniversity.org into a social-networking site. On Thursday, one student at Mesa State signed up at ColoradoMesaUniversity.org, which Kolenc dubbed “The Unauthorized Social ...


Obama’s idea won’t encourage peace, Grand Junction man thinks

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President Obama’s call for Israel to fall back to the borders before 1967 is unlikely to encourage peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a Grand Junction man with deep ties to the Jewish state said. “My gut reaction ...


Montrose reveals top candidates for city manager; one offer made

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Montrose on Thursday afternoon released the names of the two finalists for city manager after The Daily Sentinel submitted an open records request, citing Colorado law. The finalists are Robert Karlinsey, city administrator ...


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