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County’s latest action sends wrong message

By The Daily Sentinel

Outside the major population centers of the Front Range, Mesa County has more residents than any county in Colorado. This is no rural backwater. Mesa County has big potential and civic leaders are constantly trying to leverage its size, ...


Arrest in Birgfeld case took time — and guts

By The Daily Sentinel

With a high-profile retrial for Michael Blagg looming — one that will absorb a tremendous amount of the district attorney’s time and resources — Friday’s arrest of a suspect in Paige Birgfeld’s disappearance spoke ...


A win-win for the Roan

By The Daily Sentinel

It was complicated, tricky and a long time coming, but a decade-long drilling dispute on the Roan Plateau has been settled to the satisfaction of all parties. It took cooperation on a massive scale. Sportsmen, environmentalists, federal ...


Pass a bill

By The Daily Sentinel

We’ve made no secret of our support for immigration reform. President Barack Obama’s unilateral action to make sweeping changes to immigration policy was a step in the right direction — if for no other reason than it provides ...


District 51 justified 
in challenging testing

By The Daily Sentinel

Mesa County Valley School District 51 has joined a growing movement against an over-abundance of state testing. This isn’t some out-of-left-field development. Many parents and teachers turned out for a Nov. 6 meeting of the Standards ...


De Beque provides a learning opportunity

By The Daily Sentinel

Our thoughts on the impact of recreational marijuana have been largely theoretical up to this point because they’re hasn’t been a retail operation in Mesa County. That’s about to change. Kush Gardens, located just off the ...


Hanging Lake hiking fee may be inevitable

By The Daily Sentinel

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsy hit the nail on the head when he called Hanging Lake “an important asset.” It draws 130,000 visitors a year, mostly in the summer. So many people want to hike the trail leading up to the ...


District 51’s higher rating is good news

By The Daily Sentinel

If you’re a parent of a District 51 student in middle school or high school, you know that grades aren’t based on just test scores. Depending on the subject matter, students earn credit for homework, pop quizzes, keeping a ...


The Keystone pipeline

By The Daily Sentinel

The Keystone XL pipeline is neither the job-creating behemoth nor the climate-change monstrosity that backers and opponents are claiming. It’s a political football in a scrum between Republicans and Democrats to stake out energy policy ...


Close vote on pot raises questions

By The Daily Sentinel

If you knew that your vote would break a tie on an important ballot issue — let’s say, for example, whether to authorize recreational pot sales in Palisade — would you feel compelled to cast a ballot? After election ...


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