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No. 10 story of 2016: City green-lights Las Colonias Park

By Amy Hamilton

Workers are constructing a stage and moving dirt to form a sloping area at Las Colonias Park. The creation of an amphitheater at the lower downtown Grand Junction park is part of a park design that had been put on the back burner for ...

Blotter, Dec. 30, 2016

By Staff

Assault, burglary charges An 18-year-old man appeared in Mesa County court on Thursday, advised on possible charges of first-degree burglary and assault in connection to an altercation Nov. 17 that was allegedly centered around a dispute ...

Stories that just missed making the top 10 list of 2016

By Staff

Daily Sentinel editors and news staff were polled about what they considered the top stories of 2016, but the following stories scored just outside of the top 10. ■ Palisade votes in retail marijuana: Having previously rejected the sale ...

No. 9 story of 2016: Stormwater fee prompts legal fight

By Staff

The first months of 2016 saw the first wave of bills for stormwater management go out to more than 40,000 property owners in the Grand Valley Drainage District — a new, contentious fee added to customer bills that drew a sharp schism ...


No. 6 story of 2016: Major changes in health care

By Charles Ashby

Editor’s note: Today is the first of three editions that will recount the Top 10 Stories of 2016 — stories that made the most impact locally, or were leading themes that were repeated throughout the news cycles of 2016. The list is ...

No. 7 story of 2016: Shrinking revenues, rising costs bedevil local governments

By Amy Hamilton

A trend of shrinking revenues and increasing costs caught up with local governments this year. The story of how local cities and Mesa County trimmed budgets, staff and postponed capital projects is the No. 7 story of 2016. Almost immediately ...

No. 8 story of 2016: Natural gas hits bottom, but is poised for recovery

By Dennis Webb

When it comes to local natural gas development, 2016 may go down as a year of bottoming out, more selling out, and renewed hope for the industry thanks to a huge new resource estimate and a late-year improvement in prices. Just three rigs ...


Records: Suspect admitted to slaying

By Gabrielle Porter

The day after 20-year-old Caleb Fettig was stabbed to death on the edge of a Grand Junction trailer park Dec. 5, his accused killer confessed the murder to several people who later described the confession to police, according to recently ...

Death Notices, Dec. 30, 2016

By Staff

■ Elwanda Hodo, 87, Clifton, died Dec. 28, 2016, at HopeWest and Hospice Care Center. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction. Mrs. Hodo was a ...

‘Guys and Dolls’ musical comedy a great way to spend weekend

By Tammy Gemaehlich

High Desert Opera would prefer if you didn’t gamble with your New Year’s weekend and make plans to see “Guys and Dolls” instead. The Grand Valley opera and musical theater group will present three fully-staged ...

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