120 Years: 2006
The year 2006 brought new interest in oil shale development in western Colorado. Shell and Chevron are among the companies that push forward with plans to test new extraction methods. Meanwhile, plans to drill for natural gas on the slopes of the Grand Mesa call citizens to action with worries over watershed pollution.
Fire Chief Rick Beatty abruptly resigns after the FBI begins an investigation into allegations of drug use. Council votes to make the Grand Junction Fire Department the sole provider of ambulance service in the city, Glade Park and the Redlands. After 77 years in business, the Van Gundy family moves their scrap metal business to make way for the Riverside Parkway. Grand Junction becomes the site and name of a movie produced by Fred Hakimi and Scot Stewart. “Mr. Baseball” Sam Suplizio passes away unexpectedly. The year ends with huge snowstorms blanketing the state.
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