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Transit fund diversion bill killed

By Charles Ashby

Broad opposition to a freshman lawmaker’s bill to divert transit money toward the state’s roads and bridges was enough to kill it Wednesday before it had its first hearing in the Colorado Legislature. Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort ...


Frigid, but not too cold for bark beetles

By Dennis Webb

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough, by chance, to kill bark beetles? Don’t count on it, says Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region. This week’s frigid spell might give ...


City to open ambulance-service bids to private sector

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction City Council members Wednesday night started crafting parameters for a bid proposal for its future ambulance service. Although the city will enter a bid to continue providing ambulance services through the Grand Junction Fire ...


Number of undocumented immigrants dwindling, study shows

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A slowing economy and greater enforcement were two reasons Colorado’s illegal immigrant population fell by 25 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to the Pew Center for Hispanic Studies. A study by the center found the 240,000 ...


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State’s snowpack surplus slips after dry month

By Dennis Webb

A dry January erased much of the surplus snowpack built up earlier in the season around the state. The state’s snowpack decreased from 136 percent of average on Jan. 1 to 117 percent on Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...


Measure targeted regional transportation panels

By Charles Ashby

A bill that would have done away with the regional transportation planning panels around the state died in a House committee Wednesday. Rep. Glenn Vaad, R-Mead, had hoped to remake how the state plans road and bridge construction, but his ...


Parachute-area schools cancel classes; buses won’t start in cold

By Dennis Webb

Parachute and Battlement Mesa schools were closed Wednesday because temperatures were so cold the buses wouldn’t start in the morning. Ken Haptonstall, superintendent of Garfield County School District 16, said classes also are canceled ...


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Eateries working to address violations

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Gil San Nicolas has been the head chef and kitchen manager at the Palisade Cafe; and Grill for a mere four months, but that doesn’t mean he’s new to the restaurant business. San Nicolas helped open a Denny’s in Montrose and ...


Homeless — Inside and Out

By Amy Hamilton

Daily Sentinel reporter Amy Hamilton wondered what it’s like to be homeless. She decided to spend a night in a homeless shelter and meet people who are homeless, then followed some of them around for the next three days. Here is the ...


State to probe use of diesel fuel in fracking

By Dennis Webb

Colorado oil and gas regulators have opened an investigation into the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing of wells after concerns raised by three members of Congress earlier this week. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, joined fellow ...


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