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Paonia teacher finalist for award

By Katie Langford

Although second-grade teacher Jodi Simpson is overjoyed to be one of six finalists for the Colorado Teacher of the Year, the best part of the experience isn’t the recognition, she said. It’s rediscovering her passion for ...


Child-abuse 
parolee 
arrested in 
sex assault

By Duffy Hayes

A Grand Junction man on parole for a felony child abuse conviction was before a Mesa County Court judge on Tuesday, accused of felony sex assault against a former girlfriend. An arrest affidavit for Jona Wobick, 40, alleges he contacted his ...


City dabbles with pot idea

By Amy Hamilton

What a difference three years makes. Just about three years ago to the day, the Grand Junction City Council determined the city did not need any part of the marijuana industry within its borders. On Wednesday night, though, councilors ...


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 ...


Colorado’s
 economy
 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 ...


Health 
insurance
 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 ...


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