120 Years: 1971

SEP 21 1973, SEP 23 1973 Uranium Tailings Dale Grandy of Grand Junction, Colo., dumps a wheelbarrow containing uranium tailings used as fill under a slab floor in a home under construction. A program is currently in progress to remove radioactive materials from area buildings and private homes. 1973 Credit: AP Wirephoto

It’s a big move in 1971 for The Daily Sentinel as it moves the printing plant and offices to South Seventh Avenue. Also on that side of town, Greenbelt Inc., is established to help construct a park that runs along the river from Connected Lakes to 32 Road.

Fruita Monument High School is abuilt and district-wide, students defect and become Wildcats to learn in their new “open concept” building. Grand Junction Junior High School at Ninth Streetand Chipeta Avenue closes, and East and West middle schools open.

The “Save the Barn” campaign keeps the Lincoln Park Auditorium from being demolished and anonymous pranksters unscrew 128 light bulbs at the football field. Fans and players are left in the dark. “Hippies” continue to use the city park as a hangout. Radon is found all over the city from remodelers and builders using the “free fill dirt” from nearby uranium mill tailings.


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