120 Days: 1973

Colorado gets down to the business of the ‘70s, as energy of all types takes the forefront. The Colorado Health Department starts locating and removing the free dirt from the uranium mill tailings piles in Grand Junction as three more underground nuclear blasts occur in the Piceance Basin, in the hope of releasing natural gas deposits.

Lt. Gov. John Vanderhoof assumes the office of governor as John Love becomes director of the U.S. Office of Energy Policy. Pat Schroeder takes her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Colorado’s first congresswoman.

Boring of the Eisenhower Tunnel begins on Interstate 70.

Former Daily Sentinel Publisher Preston Walker has a 342-acre wildlife refuge named in his honor, and R5 High School opens at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue.

Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and Miller Brewing Co. introduces Lite beer. The Sears Tower in Chicago is finished, making it the world’s tallest building.

Secretariat wins the Triple Crown, and the Endangered Species Act is passed. Pink Floyd releases “Dark Side of the Moon” as the American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, S.D.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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