120 Years: 2008
Homelessness is a burgeoning problem for Grand Junction in 2008. Seventeen die from exposure, alcoholism and lack of health care, and one homeless person is murdered. Barack Obama makes a presidential campaign stop at Cross Orchards Living History Farm and Diane Schwenke hand-delivers a letter to the conservation group, Western Colorado Congress, terminating their Chamber of Commerce membership because of competing philosophies. Bernie Buescher is nominated for Secretary of State by Gov. Bill Ritter and the Riverside Parkway opens after nearly a decade of planning, designing and building. Local atheists ask the city council to stop opening their meetings with a prayer. Flo Gallagher and dentist Terry Fine are randomly gunned down in the Gallagher driveway by a stranger. The KREX-TV studios burn to the ground and Fuji Massage near the airport is closed down in a prostitution sting.
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