120 Years: 1988

The year 1988 marks when Mesa College becomes Mesa State College to reflect its successful development and hopeful future. The VA Hospital and Medical Center expands and adds 48,000 feet to its facility. The Sisters of Charity from Leavenworth, Kan., open the Marillac Clinic and provide health care to low-income residents. Watson Island is purchased by the Riverfront Commission and the cleanup of the former junkyard begins.

Sen.Bill Armstrong’s aide, Kathy Hall, is held hostage in the Federal Building at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue by an aggrieved Vietnam War veteran.

On the Front Range, six counties including Denver approve the creation of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities.

Nationally, President Ronald Reagan is armed and ready for the War on Drugs as he signs a bill providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers. George H. W. Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis and becomes the first sitting vice president to be elected president in 152 years.

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


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