120 Days: 2007

In 2007, Grand Junction was at the top of its game. The housing market was strong and so was the economy.

Gov. Bill Ritter gives the city his Excellence in the Arts Award, the first time for a municipality. The governor credits Grand Junction for using arts to enhance the quality of life, drive tourism and strengthen the economy.

The city celebrated its 125th birthday. Citizens complain about the many “cone zones” around town, a sign of prosperity to others.

The Daily Sentinel gets a new publisher, Alex Taylor, a member of the Cox/Kennedy family. Taylor announces big plans to build a new facility for the paper on 12 acres near the airport. The new plant would cost $35 million.

Stocker Stadium gets artificial turf, and Seventh and Main streets gets a new roundabout. Environmentalists and the energy industry butt heads over the Roan Plateau.

Paige Birgfeld vanishes.  Also, tragically, Mesa State College students Jake Brock and Jennifer Kois die in a horrific automobile crash when former police officer Patrick Strawmatt hits them while driving drunk. A 2-year-old boy dies at the hands of abuser Brandon Moore.

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


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