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EDITORIAL: Health-care reform can’t punish children

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare would be phased out under the Senate’s version of the health-care reform bill released Thursday, fundamentally altering the core structure of the medical safety net program established in 1965 for low-income children and children with disabilities. The Senate bill, dubbed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would also repeal Obamacare […]

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EDITORIAL: Support D51’s request

The graduating class of 2017 was in kindergarten in 2004 — the last time voters approved a bond measure and mill levy override in cash-strapped District 51. An entire generation of students later, many of the district’s older buildings have deteriorated to the point of obsolescence amid ongoing budgetary challenges and the district lacks the […]

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EDITORIAL: Calls to end treasure hunt follow bad logic

The presumed death of a Grand Junction pastor who went missing in pursuit of a treasure purported to be hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, N.M., has sparked some misguided calls for the creator of the treasure hunt to call it off. New Mexico authorities believe a body recovered from the […]

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EDITORIAL: Government malpractice

By any measure and perception, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office need more money. The sheriff and the DA are making the rounds, explaining to various civic and political groups how budgets cuts in response to recessionary forces haven’t been restored, leaving both departments short-staffed at a time when violent crimes […]

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EDITORIAL: A piece of the puzzle

The Palisade Community Center was buzzing with anticipation Thursday evening as the Bureau of Land Management hosted a forum for public comment on the Palisade Plunge — a proposed 30-mile singletrack mountain bike trail that descends 6,000 feet from the top of Grand Mesa to Palisade. At this point, most of the excitement stems from […]

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EDITORIAL: A blow for flows

Before there was a state water plan emphasizing the need for collaboration to develop innovative strategies to meet the state’s water challenges, Mesa County’s newest reservoir was already in the works and on its way to serving as a precursor to the suite of actions the plan would embody. The 74-acre-foot “regulating” reservoir located near […]

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EDITORIAL: Coffman to the rescue

It’s hard to imagine Gov. John Hickenlooper equivocating on the direction of an important case regarding oil and gas regulation in the state if recent deadly explosions near Firestone and Mead hadn’t scrambled conventional thinking on the matter. Hickenlooper can’t run for re-election. One would think that fact would embolden him to take a stand […]

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EDITORIAL: Monument review gives park status new urgency

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met President Donald Trump’s 45-day deadline to produce an interim report on Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument with no final plan to accompany his initial recommendations. Zinke informed the president on Monday that he was delaying a decision until later in the year, but it’s clear what’s coming. Zinke recommended that […]

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EDITORIAL: Why ‘buy local’ should matter to Mesa County

There’s no question that the Grand Valley is in a better position today to recruit primary jobs than it was just a few years ago, thanks to a series of developments stemming from greater buy-in to economic development theory. Business and government are cooperating on an unprecedented scale locally to improve the economy. But what […]

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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: Rec center organizers have earned their shot

We have to hand it to the dogged citizens who want to see a community/recreation center built in Grand Junction. They threw their support behind a proposal for a quarter-cent sales tax hike to fund construction of a downtown event center. The project was hoped to inject $30 million of direct new spending annually into […]

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