120 Years: 2000
The 21st century arrives! The year 2000 saw the opening of the new City Hall at Fifth Street and Rood Avenue, designed by Blythe Architects. Residents begin discovering bears in their backyards and orchards as the hungry bruins find food scarce in their normal habitat. City Council approves a plan that will create a mixed-use corridor between I-70 and Mesa Mall on 24 Road. Businesses near the mall fear the 1 percent risk of flooding from the Ranchman’s Ditch in the 100-year flood plain. FEMA steps in to help. Ryan Patterson of Grand Junction wins the First Place Senior Award at the Colorado State Science Fair for his Robotic Search Tool, Sleuthbot. Hanging chads become a household word as a recount of votes declares George W. Bush the president of the United States over Al Gore.
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