120 Days: 2011

Bobby Willis butts heads with Country Jam USA as Willis declares interest in buying the 20-year-old music festival.



The year marks one step forward and two steps back for education in the Grand Valley. After 23 years of going by the name of Mesa State College, Colorado Mesa University is chosen as the new moniker to reflect the area, the history and the status of Grand Junction’s 88-year-old higher education institution.

Mesa University of Colorado is favored but rejected, because the MUC acronym was not as desirable as CMU.

After $230 million is cut from the state education budget, early retirements, layoffs and cutbacks are seen in School District 51.

Voters are asked to help out with a property tax override, but the effort failed.

Forward-thinking Palisade realized a new revenue source and voted to let the town’s only medical marijuana dispensary stay in business if it agreed to a $5 per transaction fee that was estimated to bring $80,000 in revenue to the town.

Three California gang members and an 18-year-old man from Clifton are arrested in a crime spree that included armed robbery, a home burglary and ended with the murder of Jorge Carrasco outside the North Avenue Taco Bell.

Bobby Willis butts heads with Country Jam USA as Willis declares interest in buying the 20-year-old music festival, then announces plans to hold a Bobby’s Birthday Bash on the same weekend in June.

After coaching Maverick football for 14 seasons, Joe Ramunno retires.

The buzz of the business world centers on the opening of American Furniture Warehouse, Culinary Corner moving from the mall to downtown and Alida’s Fruits changing downtown locations.


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