120 Years: 2001

In 2001, all eyes are on Michael Blagg as his daughter Abby and wife Jennifer disappear.

A disturbing pattern of pet poisonings in the Grand Valley remains a mystery and a teenage girl with juvenile diabetes dies after her parents refuse to seek medical treatment for her.

The use of meth, the poor man’s cocaine, skyrockets in the Grand Valley. Local agencies rush to find solutions.

A block grant from the city of Grand Junction helps the Housing Authority purchase a building from the Knights of Columbus at 2863 North Ave. A homeless shelter will soon occupy the space.

The Radiation Exposure Act makes good on 500 IOUs given to former uranium miners. For some, it is too late, as pulmonary diseases begin to claim the lives of industry workers.

The Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup. President George W. Bush’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden begins as nearly 3,000 lives are lost in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. At the same time, two other planes are hijacked; one crashes into the Pentagon and the other into grassland in Shanksville, Pa. The passengers aboard Flight 93 are remembered as heroes for bringing the jet down before it reaches its intended target.

The United States launches Operation Enduring Freedom, a retaliatory attack on al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

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


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