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Photo by Special to the Sentinel

This northern desert hairy scorpion was found under a tent by rafters on the San Juan River in Utah. No one was stung. The northern desert hairy scorpion is one of three species of scorpion found in Colorado. Most scorpions hide under rocks to escape the daylight, coming out at night to hunt insects.

Embrace the sting

Scorpions look frightening, but they really aren’t

It is hard to think of a creature less likely to inspire warm, fuzzy feelings than the scorpion. They have pincers, an intimidating stinger, and are rumored to hide in shoes. Plus, they are hard to categorize and this makes humans uncomfortable. Is a scorpion an insect? Is it a crustacean like a crab? They look “crunchy” “pinch-ey” and “stingy” all at once.
It turns out that the unlovable scorpion — which is neither insect nor crustacean — has a softer side. These creepy-crawlies turn out to be caring mothers. Their venom may help scientists develop important medications. Though they cause many people to shudder, scorpions deserve a second look.


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    Embrace the sting

    It is hard to think of a creature less likely to inspire warm, fuzzy feelings than the scorpion. They have pincers, an intimidating stinger, and are rumored to hide in shoes. Plus, they are hard to categorize and this makes humans uncomfortable. Is a … more

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    GV Marathon runners brave chilly, rainy day and hills in Palisade

    It was cold and rainy, but more than 200 runners still turned out Saturday for the Grand Valley Marathon in Palisade.  … more

    Now this is a snow day

    It’s the home stretch on the County Line Nordic ski trail on Grand Mesa, as groups of fourth graders glided to the finish.  … more

    Outside briefs, May 8, 2016

    Hanging Lake  … more

    Roaring Fork River offers ample fishing opportunities

    Brevity breeds urgency. Hesitate and the peak weeks will be gone off the calendar before you can wake up and rub the winter sleep from your eyes. If you mentally long for summer days on the river, your daydreaming will skip the perfect season — … more

    Get Out! Basic training

    Squeeeeeeee. Squeak squeak squeak. Ping! Rattattatatatat! What IS that noise? Many times I’ve had to stop on the trail after asking myself this question. Is it a brake rubbing? A shifter problem? Is my chain dirty? If you find yourself asking these … more

    Outside Briefs, April 23, 2016

    GMUG seeking members for Advisor Committee  … more


Joel L. Evans
Meredith Swett Walker
    Embrace the sting

    It is hard to think of a creature less likely to inspire warm, fuzzy feelings than the scorpion. They have pincers, … more

    American Dipper like a bird, and a fish

    Of all of our local bird species, the American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) is the oddest in my mind. This small … more

    ON THE PR(OWL)

    Grand Junction may be best known for its red-rock scenery, rivers, dinosaurs and mountain biking.  … more

    A different trophy elk

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    MEET THE RAVEN

    At one time in my life, I was a (very minor) celebrity. I had only a handful of fans, but they were loud, … more

    Desert Dweller

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    Praying for its prey

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