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052011 R-5 Grad

Graduates stand up for life’s challenges

By Amy Hamilton

Lindsey Scott didn’t fit into the cookie-cutter mold of a traditional high school student. She felt self-conscious about her weight and thought other students were constantly talking about her behind her back. “I had a bad ...

West Slope Hispanic population leaps

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The growth of the Hispanic population in western Colorado over the last decade outstripped that of the region overall, according to U.S. Census figures. Garfield County’s Hispanic population grew by 119 percent, well ahead of the ...

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Hispanics putting down roots in big numbers in Garfield County

By Dennis Webb

When Mexico native Ignacio Mendoza first moved to Carbondale in 1986, “it was hard to find Hispanic people to talk to,” he remembers. “Probably about 20 of us spoke Spanish in Carbondale,” Mendoza said. These are ...


Ex-pro: Doping common in bike racing

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As a professional cyclist in the early- and mid-1990s, Scott Mercier found himself in the uncomfortable position of either cheating to remain competitive or retiring from the sport he loved because of the inundation of performance-enhancing ...


Churchill’s speaking invitation yanked

By Amy Hamilton

Fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill responded in an email Friday to the announcement that a Grand Junction church yanked its invitation to host him as a speaker. Confluence Media Collective, a group that publishes The Red ...

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 ...

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