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Political-science major gets crash course

By Gary Harmon

This summer, Cory Massey was running cattle on the Uncompahgre Plateau. In the last few days, he was engaged in trying to round up voters by phone as part of Colorado Mesa University’s first try at statewide political polling. “I ...

Principal accused of fleeing crash site

By Katie Langford

Mount Garfield Middle School Principal Hal Templeton was placed on administrative leave this week after being cited in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday night. Templeton, 42, of Grand Junction, received a summons for reckless driving and ...

14 Chinese nationals accused of growing 3,000 marijuana plants

By Dennis Webb

Authorities have arrested 14 Chinese nationals in connection with an alleged illegal pot grow involving more than 3,000 plants east of Rifle. Authorities are investigating whether human trafficking using forced labor was involved in the ...

State watchdog made recommendations to county

By Erin McIntyre

The watchdog agency charged with reviewing complaints about child-protection issues in Colorado has examined 20 reports related to Mesa County since July 2015. The Child Protection Ombudsman of Colorado, an independent, unbiased entity ...

Study: County needs to repair relations with foster families

By Erin McIntyre

In a four-day series, The Daily Sentinel is delving into the killings of three children who were known to the Mesa County Department of Human Services, as part of a broader examination of the child welfare and foster care systems in the ...

 strong, may
 get peckish

By Charles Ashby

Colorado’s economy will continue to grow over the next year or so, but it won’t be as good as in recent years, economic forecasters told state lawmakers Tuesday. At the same time, the specter of a recession continues to loom, said ...

 may spike 
for some

By Charles Ashby

Health insurance premiums on Colorado’s individual market for 2017 will be about 20 percent higher than those from this year, but not everyone will have to pay so much. That large increase applies only to individuals who get their ...

Q&A with Mesa County officials

By Staff

Do Mesa County officials believe there should be any changes to the child welfare system as far as who children are placed with, how they’re placed, and how they’re monitored after that placement? Tracey Garchar, ...


Man given 8 years for DUI, hit-and-run

By Mike Wiggins

A Grand Junction man, who had multiple drunken-driving offenses on his record and shouldn’t have been driving when he plowed into an 83-year-old man at Grand Junction Regional Airport and fled the scene in May, pleaded guilty and was ...

Local woman contracts rabbit fever

By Amy Hamilton

A Mesa County woman has contracted tularemia, a disease often referred to as rabbit fever that has been found in wild rabbits, other small animals and livestock. The reported case of tularemia is the first in Mesa County this year, on the ...

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