120 Years: 1989

The Grand Junction Economic Development Council is at it again as Quality International opens its national hotel reservation center on Orchard Mesa. The last portion of Interstate 70 is completed in Mesa County.

On the Mesa State College campus, the new John Tomlinson Library is dedicated. Colorado Christian University opens nearby.

A new Fifth Street Bridge replaces the one built in 1933. Further up the Colorado River, a new state park is being planned. Corn Lake becomes a family recreation site.

Not all is sunny in Big J as three savings and loan companies go under conservatorship with the National Savings and Loan Crisis: Valley Federal, Mesa Federal and Modern Savings and Loan.

Officers at the Loma port of entry seize 1,042 pounds of cocaine headed for New York. The Dalai Lama wins the Nobel Peace Prize as N.W.A., the first gangsta rap group to sell a million copies of a recording, celebrate.

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


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