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Eight-second memories

By Dale Shrull

After a long bull riding season, Tyler Smith can breathe a little easier. The only problem — breathing isn’t quite that easy right now. Smith’s trip to the National Finals Rodeo earlier this month was filled with everything ...


Jussel: Offseason now the focus for Broncos

By Rick Jussel

The Denver Broncos are starting their offseason one week early — an odd feeling with one game remaining in the regular season, an odd feeling after a Super Bowl title in February, an odd feeling after being in the playoffs every season ...


Jones guilty in Birgfeld slaying

By Staff

In a second murder trial, a Mesa County jury on Tuesday found 65-year-old Lester Ralph Jones guilty on the three counts he was facing in connection with the 2007 killing and kidnapping of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld. Jones — who was ...

New year could bring boost to gas drilling

By Dennis Webb

A peek into the crystal ball when it comes to western Colorado’s energy outlook in the coming year offers to some degree a look back at the past, at least when it comes to natural gas drilling levels. While the year ...


Expand your
 wine palate, 

By Dave Buchanan

If the recent political season wasn’t sufficient impetus to get you thinking about improving your drinking choices in the coming year, maybe a few New Year’s resolutions will do the job. Even if you’re not someone prone to ...

Blotter, Dec. 28, 2016

By Staff

Police: Man beat mother A 53-year-old Grand Junction man appeared in Mesa County court on Tuesday, advised on possible felony DUI charges as well as a charge that he beat his elderly mother during an altercation this week. Kevin Holland ...


Jury finds Jones guilty of Paige Birgfeld’s murder

By Staff

The second jury seated to determine whether Lester Jones murdered Grand Junction mother and escort Paige Birgfeld returned a guilty verdict in the case today. A 12-person jury returned guilty verdicts for kidnapping and murder on Tuesday, ...

Energy industry lives up to its word

By The Daily Sentinel

Back in October, when a Hillary Clinton presidency seemed all but assured, the voice of the Western Slope oil and gas industry urged better working relationships between all sectors of the economy to promote maximum prosperity. While the ...

Jones jury asks to hear recordings

By Charles Ashby

Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn today granted a request from jurors in the murder trial against Lester Jones “unfettered” access to recordings related to the case. The jury, which has been deliberating the case since last ...

Email Letters: December 27, 2016

By Staff

Prayer of St. Francis offers healing during turbulent year I was struggling to make sense of the division that has gripped our country, and yes, even churches, families and friends in this turbulent political year. I found myself pondering ...

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