120 years: 1975

Grand Junction residents are a little edgy as a series of unsolved murders makes the newspaper. Ken Botham is convicted of four of them. In other cases, Linda Benson, her daughter Kelley, Denise Oliverson and Tracy Freitas are found dead, and the cases go cold.

The new Two Rivers Plaza opens at Second and Main streets, and KMSA, the Mesa College radio station, goes on the air, operated and managed by students.

The Mesa County Historical Society is founded and begins recording memories of Grand Valley pioneers.

Bruce Alan White is killed in a helicopter crash and American Legion Post 200 is the first in Colorado to be named for a Vietnam War veteran.

Across the divide, a flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon kills 143 people.

“Wheel of Fortune” and “Saturday Night Live” make their debut, and Bill Gates creates Microsoft in his garage in Albuquerque, N.M.

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


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