120 years: 2010
More than 2,500 people carry medical marijuana cards in the Grand Valley and have 12 dispensaries where they can choose a variety of pot strains.
Mesa County government makes the news for stories including a commissioner letting his underage son drive a boat on Highline Lake and the landfill manager using the county’s GPS tracking system to harass another employee.
A minor traffic accident leads to the shooting death of Jason Kemp. The Colorado State Patrol officer who shot the unarmed Kemp is charged with negligent criminal homicide.
Mesa State College makes plans to establish a forensic anthropology body farm but has trouble fitting into the neighborhood.
Steve Romero receives a sentence of three years in prison for dragging a dog to its death.
The tea party movement helps seat several Republican candidates, and Nisley Elementary receives an award from the Colorado Department of Education for being a Center for Excellence School.
Tammy Allen opens Allen’s Unique Autos on River Road, a world-class car museum as well as an event center.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of the state of Colorado is 5,029,196 people. The Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area accounts for 146,723 of them, and Grand Junction proper 58,566.
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