120 years: 2012

Special to the Sentinel—The Pine Ridge Fire, which burns near De Beque, is seen from Grand Junction Regional Airport. BELOW: The band Motley Crue performed at the Rock Jam festival as part of a lineup that included Kiss.

Drought hits the region with snowpack at 71 percent of the average. The meager snow means low reservoirs, lost income from the ski trade, fire restrictions for campers and a devastating wildfire season. The Pine Ridge Fire near De Beque burns more than 13,000 acres.

Colorado legalizes pot, although on the federal level it is still illegal to sell, smoke or possess the herb.

Robert “Rider” Dewey is let out of prison after being wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years. New DNA technology proved his innocence, and another man is accused in the murder and rape of his Palisade neighbor, Jacie Taylor.

Paige Birgfeld’s body is discovered by hikers in Wells Gulch near U.S. Highway 50. Her body was buried in 2007 and the murderer remains at large.

Heather Jensen admits to leaving her two young sons in her running 4Runner for 90 minutes while she was in another car on Grand Mesa. Both children die.

Businesses are still falling off of the fiscal cliff. Ace Hardware on the Redlands and Sullivan’s Grill in Fruita close. Downtown Grand Junction loses a longtime favorite, Dolce Vita.

The 2012 edition of Rock Jam included headliners Kiss and Motley Crue.

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


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