120 years: 1985

Dinosaur research advances with the designation of a study area in Rabbit Valley. BELOW: George Orbanek takes over as publisher of The Daily Sentinel.



The year 1985 is a big one for the Museum of Western Colorado. Dinosaur Valley opens in the old J.C. Penney building at Fourth and Main streets. and under an agreement with the BLM, the Rabbit Valley Research Natural Area is formed. Additionally the museum teams up with Mesa College to publish the Journal of Western Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel announces its sixth publisher, George Orbanek.

With 14.2 percent of Grand Junction homes vacant, speculators begin buying up properties at less than their appraised value.

First National Bank dedicates a new building at Fifth Street and White Avenue. Enstrom’s Toffee opens a retail store in Denver under the reins of Rick Enstrom.

Bill Fanning, who in 1984 had received national recognition for his coaching, is still the baseball coach at Grand Junction High School, not the football coach as reported yesterday.

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


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